7 Steps Guide to Become AWS Certified Solution Architect

AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate

My intent to write this blog is to help all those who are preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate level certification. It is one of the tough exams that calls for through understanding of AWS infrastructure, various AWS services, AWS security, AWS risk & compliance, and architecting solutions considering features of AWS services & best practices. The more you know the better.

I will recommend a roadmap for preparation, share resources that I used and also add topics which I missed but realized their importance post clearing the certification exam. Following are the step that I would recommend:

  • Get to know all the AWS services at high level & how they are used in various use case scenarios.
  • Enroll for a course that can help you with preparation. I did a course from A Cloud Guru under Ryan Kroonenburg & that gave me a good head start in my preparation. This course also has labs so as to try out the services that you learn. Ryan is really good.
  • Dig deeper in storage, compute, networking, IAM, & database services. Get your hands dirty with these services. Try out labs at Qwiklabs
  • Read thoroughly following white papers:
  • Watch AWS Re-Invent videos for gaining more clarity, for example last year's Re-Invent

  • Maintain points to remember flash cards/sheets that can help you memorize important information. This will help answer straight forward questions really quick & save time for answering good number of lengthy convoluted questions in the exam.
  • Take an AWS practice exam. It doesn’t cost much and will give you a fair idea of your readiness to take the actual exam. If you do well in the practice exam, it can be a good confidence booster.

I will continue to post on regular basis details on each topic that needs deep dive starting from storage services.

Narendra Dharm


Narendra is experienced professional worked as a delivery director for Syntel, managing IT service delivery for global automotive and manufacturing clients. He is also a partner at iSquareMB Consulting. He is alumnus of IIMB Bangalore and engineer at heart. Narendra enjoys reading and learning new technologies

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