AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Exam Study Path

This certification is the pinnacle of your DevOps career in AWS. The AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional (or AWS DevOps Pro) is the advanced certification of both AWS SysOps Administrator Associate and AWS Developer Associate. This is similar to how the AWS Solutions Architect Professional role is a more advanced version of the AWS Solutions Architect Associate. 

Generally, AWS recommends that you first take (and pass) both AWS SysOps Administrator Associate and AWS Developer Associate certification exams before taking on this certification. Previously, it was a prerequisite that you obtain the associate level certifications before you are allowed to go for the professional level. Last October 2018, AWS removed this ruling to provide customers a more flexible approach on the certifications. 

Study Materials

Whitepapers, FAQs, AWS Documentation, Re:Invent videos, forums, labs, virtual courses and personal experiences are what you will need to pass the exam. Since the DevOps Pro is one of the most difficult AWS certification exams out there, you have to prepare yourself with every study material you can get your hands on. If you need a review on the fundamentals of AWS DevOps, then do check out our review guides for the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate and AWS Developer Associate certification exams. Also, visit this AWS exam blueprint to learn more details about your certification exam.

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For virtual classes, you can attend the DevOps Engineering on AWS and Systems Operations on AWS classes since they will teach you concepts and practices that are expected to be in your exam.

For whitepapers, focus on the following:

  1. Running Containerized Microservices on AWS
  2. Microservices on AWS
  3. Infrastructure as Code
  4. Introduction to DevOps
  5. Practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery on AWS
  6. Jenkins on AWS
  7. Blue/Green Deployments on AWS whitepaper
  8. Import Windows Server to Amazon EC2 with PowerShell
  9. Development and Test on AWS

Almost all online training you need can be found in the AWS web page. One digital course that you should check out is the Exam Readiness: AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional course. This digital course contains lectures on the different domains of your exam, and they also provide a short quiz right after each lecture to validate what you have just learned.

Lastly, do not forget to study on the AWS CLI, SDKs and APIs. Since the DevOps Pro is also an advanced certification for Developer Associate, you need to have knowledge on programming and scripting in AWS. Go through the AWS documentation to review the syntax of CloudFormation template, Serverless Application Model template, CodeBuild buildspec, CodeDeploy appspec, and IAM Policy.

AWS Services to Focus On

Since this exam is a professional level one, you should already have a deep understanding of the AWS services listed under our SysOps Administrator Associate and Developer Associate review guides. In addition, you should familiarize yourself with the following services since they commonly come up in the DevOps Pro exam: 

  1. AWS SWF
  2. AWS OpsWorks
  3. AWS Direct Connect
  4. AWS Config
  5. AWS Service Catalog
  6. AWS Organizations
  7. AWS EC2 Systems Manager
  8. AWS Trusted Advisor

The FAQs provide a good summary for each service, however, the AWS documentation contains more detailed information which you’ll need to study. These details will be the deciding factor in determining the correct choice from the incorrect choices in your exam. To supplement your review on the services, we recommend that you take a look at Tutorials Dojo’s AWS Cheat Sheets. Their contents are well-written and straight to the point, which will help reduce the time spent going through FAQs and documentations.

A Few Video Courses on Udemy

There are a few AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional video courses on Udemy that you can check out as well, which can complement your exam preparations especially if you are the type of person who can learn better through visual courses instead of reading long whitepapers:

  1. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional by Linux Academy
  2. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional by Zeal Vora

Validate Your Knowledge

After your review, you should take some practice tests to measure your preparedness for the real exam. AWS offers a sample practice test for free which you can find here. You can also opt to buy the longer AWS sample practice test at aws.training, and use the discount coupon you received from any previously taken certification exams. Be aware though that the sample practice tests do not mimic the difficulty of the real DevOps Pro exam. 

At this point, you should already be very knowledgeable on the following domains:

  1. CI/CD, Application Development and Automation
  2. Configuration Management and Infrastructure as Code
  3. Security, Monitoring and Logging
  4. Incident Mitigation and Event Response
  5. Implementing  High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery

As an AWS DevOps practitioner, you shoulder a lot of roles and responsibilities. Many professionals in the industry have attained proficiency through continuous practice and producing results of value. Therefore, you should properly review all the concepts and details that you need to learn, so that you can also achieve what others have achieved.

The day before your exam, be sure to double check on the schedule, location and the items to bring for your exam. During the exam itself, you have 180 minutes to answer all questions and recheck your answers. Be sure to manage your time wisely. It will also be very beneficial for you to review your notes before you go in to refresh your memory. The AWS DevOps Pro certification is very tough to pass, and the choices for each question can be very misleading if you do not read them carefully. Be sure to understand what is being asked in the questions, and what options are offered to you. With that, we wish you all the best in your exam!

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