Achieving AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional certification validates that you have advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. It also confirms that you understand the concepts of:

  • Designing and deploying dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant and reliable applications on AWS.
  • Selecting appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements.
  • Migrating complex, multitier applications on AWS.
  • Designing and deploying enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS.
  • Implementing cost control strategies.

Before attempting the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam, you should have the following required knowledge and skills:

AWS Knowledge and Experience

  • AWS core services, including Compute and Networking, Storage and CDN, Database, Application Services, Deployment and Management.
  • Security features that AWS provides and best practices.
  • Ability to design and implement for elasticity and scalability.
  • Network technologies as they relate to AWS networking, including DNS and load balancing, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and AWS Direct Connect.
  • Storage and archival options.
  • State management.
  • Database and replication methodologies.
  • Self-healing techniques and fault-tolerant services.
  • Disaster recovery and failover strategies.
  • Application migration plans to AWS.
  • Network connectivity options.
  • Deployment and management.

General IT Knowledge and Experience

  • Large-scale distributed systems architecture.
  • Eventual consistency.
  • Relational and non-relational databases.
  • Multitier architectures: load balancers, caching, web servers, application servers, networking and databases.
  • Loose coupling and stateless systems.
  • Content delivery networks.
  • System performance tuning.
  • Networking concepts, including routing tables, access control lists, firewalls, NAT, HTTP, DNS, TCP/IP and OSI model.
  • RESTful Web Services, XML, JSON.
  • One or more software development models.
  • Information and application security concepts, including public key encryption, remote access, access credentials and certificate-based authentication.
About the Exam

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam includes multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions. You will have 170 minutes to complete it.

The following courses help you prepare for this certification.

Advanced Architecting on AWS


  • Required: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification.
  • Two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.
  • Ability to evaluate cloud application requirements and make architectural recommendations for implementation, deployment and provisioning applications on AWS.
  • Ability to provide best practices guidance on the architectural design across multiple applications, projects or the enterprise.



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