AWS CSA – Associate Achieved   

I recently took advantage of one of the great benefits that my employer provides and took the AWS course for the Solution Architect – Associate.  Why AWS, well public cloud is a very popular topic and AWS is one of the main integrations for vRealize Automation I am asked about on a regular basis.  Fantastic course and I learned a lot but I thought I would share my thoughts around preparation for the exam.

First off the book AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam book is a great resource.

Another resource I took advantage of was ACloudguru which I actually came across via Udemy and for the price you can’t beat it.  The course better than the actual live course I attended with an instructor (it was just a little more in depth) and would take another one if I get a chance.

The last thing I will recommend is get hands on with the labs and get used to the interface.   I took a little longer than I should have between the time I took the class and the time I took the exam so I used ACloudGuru to go through the course again.  Sign up for a free tier account and take advantage of the access to study.

The test is comprehensive so I would make sure you set aside time to make sure you understand the content as well a potential architecture situations that you may be asked about.  Also there are a couple other free resources out there like vBrownbag and the AWS Free training.

Author: rsnyder

Randy Snyder is a Cloud Automation Specialist at VMware. He started his IT career in the US military and over the years has supported a number of different technologies. Recently he completed his TOGAF and AWS certifications and is currently pursuing VMware Cloud Management certifications. Beyond technical content he would like to share thoughts around other skills that you should consider along your career path. The technical field is constantly changing and you need to shift your thinking along with it. Disclaimer: Posts and opinions contained within this blog are mine and mine alone. They do not reflect the opinions or strategies of my employer. Also, applying the solutions discussed in this blog to your own systems is done at your own risk. I cannot be held responsible for ramifications of applying any of the solutions contained herein.