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By: Lindsay McKayPublished On: September 30, 2021
With companies continuously shifting to cloud-based computing, the need for cloud professionals for cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, keeps on increasing. AWS is known as the market leader in the cloud computing space and earning AWS certifications are a great way to get your foot in the door of the cloud computing industry. AWS Academy offers courses designed with curriculum specific to AWS cloud technologies from managing to developing. Currently, AWS has one foundational level certification, three associate-level certifications, two professional-level certifications, and five specialty-level certifications including data analytics, machine learning, security, and more. If you are just starting out, the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations course is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts or want to create a foundation for future AWS Academy continuing education courses without the need for any technical experience. Before you move on to earning specialty certifications, you need to earn the corresponding associate-level certifications of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect, the AWS Certified Developer, or the AWS Certified SysOPS Administrator.
The AWS Machine Learning certification is intended for individuals in development or data science role that have had 1 – 2 years of experience using machine learning or deep learning on the AWS Cloud. To prepare for the certification exam, along with hands-on experience, it is recommended to take the AWS Academy Machine Learning Foundations course. This introductory course introduces students to the concepts and terminology of AI and ML. There are some prerequisites for this course, which include general IT technical and business knowledge, experience scripting with Python, and a basic understanding of statistics. Once you have completed the course you will be able to demonstrate the following:
This certification is one of the newer certifications offered by AWS and has become known as one of the most challenging, so make sure you are prepared before you challenge the exam.
The AWS Data Analytics certification is intended for individuals with experience and expertise working with AWS services to design, build, secure, and maintain analytics solutions. This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. If you are an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, the AWS Data Analytics Specialty is the recommended next step for career advancement. This course is a series of lab exercises focusing on Big Data analysis and you will learn how to:
Along with the AWS Cloud Foundations course, students may find it beneficial to complete the free AWS Data Analytics Fundamentals online training before taking on these lab exercises.
The AWS Certified Security certification is intended for individuals in a security role and who have at least 2 years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads. The certification ensures you have mastered security fundamentals, that you follow the best practices, and that you have deep knowledge of key services that are unique to the AWS platform. Before attempting the exam, it is recommended to have 5 years of IT security experience, a basic understanding of cloud computing technology, and to have completed an AWS Certified Security course. This course focuses on the security and monitoring of AWS and upon completion you will be able to:
The AWS Certified Security certification is the broadest certification and skills learned can be transferred to other cloud platforms. This course has been approved by the Canadian College of Health Information Management (College) for 15 CPE units.
Are you ready to validate your skills with certification? Sign up for one of our AWS Academy courses today!
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