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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Amazon logoIf you are wondering about Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications and have many questions, then please check the questions listed below along with answers for you.


Q: What is AWS Certification?

AWS now offers three Associate Level certifications for Solutions Architects, SysOps Administrators and Developers. In addition, we offer a Professional Level certification for Solutions Architects. Additional certifications are in development. View the AWS Certification Roadmap  for exams that are currently available.

Q: What is the difference between a certification and an exam?

Certification is a credential that an individual earns upon successfully completing a set of certification requirements, which typically includes passing an exam.

Q: What is a certification credential?

A credential is a logo badge and title that you may use on your business cards and other professional collateral to designate yourself as AWS Certified.

Q: Why should I consider getting AWS Certified?

AWS Certifications enable individuals to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills in working with AWS services. Additionally, preparing for certification requirements provides an opportunity to expand your expertise working with AWS services.

Q: What AWS Certifications are available?

AWS now offers three Associate Level certifications for Solutions Architects, SysOps Administrators and Developers.  Additional certifications are in development.  

Q: How do I become AWS Certified?

Individuals must meet specific certification requirements to earn an AWS certification credential. Click here to review details for each certification. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive your certification credentials.

Q: How do I register to take an AWS Certification exam?

AWS Certification exams are administered at Kryterion testing centers in over 750 locations across the globe. Register online today for your exam appointment.

Q: Where can I take an AWS Certification exam?

Kryterion testing centers are located in over 750 locations across the globe. We continue to bring on new testing centers in the US and Internationally.

Q: Am I required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before taking an AWS Certification exam?

To preserve the security and value of the certification program, all candidates must accept the terms and conditions of AWS Certification Program Agreement during the registration process. Candidates who sit for AWS exams must agree to the terms and conditions of the AWS Certification Program Agreement before beginning the certification exam. The AWS Certification Program Agreement applies to all exams. All content, including without limitation any questions, answers and/or diagrams of the Amazon Web Services certification exams are the proprietary and confidential property of Amazon Web Services (AWS). They may not be copied, reproduced, modified, published, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in anyway without the express written authorization of AWS. Agreeing to the AWS Certification Program Agreement is required to be officially certified and to maintain valid certification.

Q: Is there a registration fee for exams?

Yes, the registration fee for an Associate Exam is USD 150. The Professional Exam is USD 300.

Q: What will I need to bring with me when I take an AWS Certification exam?

You must bring two (2) forms of personal identification (ID). Both forms of ID must have your signature, and one of the two forms of ID must have your photo. Valid forms of identification include: driver's license, passport, or equivalent. Food, laptops, backpacks, notepads, or other personal equipment are NOT allowed in the test area. Individuals who take a Professional Exam may request a pencil and paper from the exam proctor, and these materials must be returned to the exam proctor before exiting the exam center. Please note that during the exam check-in process, you will be asked to turn out exterior pockets (on jackets, jeans, slacks, etc.) to verify that the pockets are either empty or that they do not contain any prohibited items. Additionally, external eyewear will be inspected to ensure that it is not technology-enabled.

Q: Can I use reference materials during an AWS Certification exam?

Use of reference materials and/or electronic devices is not allowed at any time during the examination.

Q: What score is required to pass an AWS Certification exam?

AWS Certification passing scores are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change. AWS does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.

Q: When will I get my exam results?

You will receive your exam results on-screen immediately after completing your exam.

Q: If I fail the exam can I retake it?

If you fail the exam, you can retake the exam subject to the following conditions:

  • You must wait 30 days from the day you fail to take the exam again.
  • You can take the exam up to three times in one year from the date of your first attempt.
  • You must pay the full exam fee each time you retake the exam.

Q: What will I receive when passing the exam?

You will receive a certificate stating that you have successfully passed the certification exam. Additionally, once you have completed all requirements for a given certification, you will earn the certification credential and be authorized to use the certification title and logo on your business cards and other professional collateral.

Q: Can I get a detailed report of my exam answers?

In order to maintain the integrity of the exam, the answers to the test questions are not provided to the test taker. Some high-level feedback is provided to help you understand how you scored in various sections of the exam.

Q: What do I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my exam appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam, you can reschedule in your Web assessor account with no fee up to 72 hours prior to your exam appointment. Cancelling or rescheduling an exam less than 72 hours prior is subject to a $75 rescheduling fee.

Q: What is the refund policy?

Refunds are granted by our exam delivery partner, Kryterion, when you cancel your exam with a 72-hour notice. No other refund requests are granted.

Q: How long will my certification be valid?

All customers and partners will be required to update their certification (or “recertify”) every two (2) years.


Review the Exam Guide:

Exam Guides outline the AWS and General IT Knowledge concepts that are tested on an exam. It provides you with a “blueprint” of content domains to study and additional resources to help you prepare. Use the Exam Guide to measure how much knowledge you need to have to obtain an AWS Certification.

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