I got certified a few weeks ago, my first certification with AWS.

I wanted to go on a long rant but honestly, this can be a boring read. I will go for a merry Q&A with myself, hopefully funnier to read.

Let’s start.

Q: Why did you go on a certification?
A: Too much time to spend?
Nah, kidding. I was considering about it for some time, to go for a new challenge and learning new things.

Q: Which certification did you aim?
A: I aimed for the cloud practioner certification, that one

Q: Did you learn old things?
A: Absolutely.
As you may know when doing the cloud practioner, you go back to the fundamentals about networking like
there is no NAAS (Network As A Service) in AWS or that the application loadbalancer (ALB) is different from a classical network loadbalancer or what is transactional database
and how different it is from a NoSQL db and many other fundamentals.

Q: Did you learn new things, too?
A: Lol.
Absolutely too (big grin).What is a serverless architecture, which services are serverless and which are not. How the pricing is done by AWS and also things like the well architected framework and its 5 pillars. The different kind of storages like S3 (Simple Storage Service) or what is an EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing). I won’t be able to sum-up everything here as the range of AWS services is substantial, one of the benefits of the certification is that it gives you a better understanding and a decent sum-up of all the AWS services.

Q: Talking about benefits, what are the benefits you did see from achieving the certification?
A: Many.
First, it gives you a decent spectrum of many services provided by AWS. Another benefit is that the certification offers you confidence on your knowledge of the AWS galaxy. I give you that one: If someone is talking to me about load balancer, I will not use RDS (Ed: RDS is for database and luckily you won’t do that. Lol).

Q: Does it take time to prepare?
A: Yeah. As it was my first certification with AWS and I did not have experience with AWS certification, it was quite unsettling for me. Therefore, I took 13 mock tests to be sure I had the correct level. Udemy’s said you need around 90% success rate to go for it. Luckily, I had some spare time but if I did not, I would still try to go for a least one mock exam, a day. (Ed: in this case, he went for almost two tests a day).

Q: So did you pass the exam? You said yes but what was the score?
A: Yeah!
I passed (Victory sign)! The minimum score is 70% to pass. I had around 80%, which is definitely good but a bit less than what I was expecting (Ed: He was expecting 90%)

Q: Thank you all your answers. Do you have any tricks you can share with us?
A: Practice. A lot. The exam is not tough but not an easy one. The questions can be tricky. 13 mocks can seem a lot. If you don’t want to go for that many tests, still make sure that you have a higher success rate in your mock tests than the expected 70%, success rate between 80%-90% gives you confidence that you are ready. And obviously, on d-day, stress will make your score lower than expected. For the cloud practioner, AWS through the aws training website, offers you a AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course that is a day format with real trainers.
That training is free. I had two trainers, R and Tom of AWS who were absolutely amazing, in their enthusiasm with great teaching skills.
Thank you R and Tom.

Q: Thank you again for your time. Do you have any last trick you want to share with us about a desk that was not that tidy…?
A: Ha ha. I went for my certificate with a quite cluttered desk. Never, ever. Make sure that your desk is clean and uncluttered otherwise the proctor won’t start the exam.

Ed: Thank you
Me: Welcome!