Daniel Ives | 30 November 2016
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.