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AWS re:Invent 2016 - New Certifications

QA's AWS Principal Technologist, Daniel Ives, is at AWS re:Invent 2016 in Las Vegas. In this first blog he shares details of three new AWS Certifications that you will soon be able to obtain.

Daniel Ives | 30 November 2016

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New AWS Certifications are coming

AWS are introducing three new beta-stage certifications at AWS re:Invent 2016:

  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty (Beta)
  • AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty (Beta)
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty (Beta)


All three are Professional level, so require candidates to hold at least one of the three Associate level certifications: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate, or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate.

Two of these new certifications align with existing QA courses: the AWS Certified Security – Specialty (Beta) aligns with the Security Operations on AWS course, whilst the AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty (Beta) aligns with the Big Data on AWS course.

As all three of the new certifications are Professional level, the exams will be 170 minutes long (just like AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional).

Following AWS re:Invent 2016 all three certifications will become publically available via the Kryterion Website, although the exam results won't be released until March 2017 (once AWS have had a chance to perform a statistical analysis and weed out the worst questions).

Over the course of AWS re:Invent 2016 I intend to take all three exams. I will feed back my first impressions of each of them in turn.

Related blogs

AWS re:Invent 2016 - Security Specialty

AWS re:Invent 2016 - Certified Advanced Networking

AWS re:Invent 2016 - Big Data Specialty

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Daniel Ives

Daniel Ives

Head of Learning - Cloud

Daniel joined QA in 2006, having previously worked first as a developer and then a trainer on the Microsoft stack. He is an Authorized Amazon Instructor Champion and holds all 11 of the current AWS certifications. As a Principal Technologist, Daniel focuses on creating and delivering courses about cloud services, service-oriented architectures, software development, DevOps and data engineering. Daniel also delivers our Google Cloud Platform courses, and holds 2 GCP certifications (Data Engineering Professional and Architect Professional). Other areas of expertise include; C#, .NET and agile development. His areas of interest include all of the above, plus Microsoft Azure, Python, sailing, skiing and cycling, although not necessarily in that order or at the same time.
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