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What’s New with the SAP-C02 AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam this 2023?

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What’s New with the SAP-C02 AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam this 2023?

The AWS Training and Certification team recently announced the third iteration of its challenging AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C02) exam. The first day to take the new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional exam would be on November 15, 2022, with an updated exam code of SAP-C02.

Take note that the current version (SAP-C01) will only be available on November 14, 2022 so you still have time to recertify. The new SAP-C02 will be focused on designing new AWS solutions, as shown on its official exam guide.

History of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam (SAP-C02)

Let’s discover the short history of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam first.

In 2013,  Amazon Web Services (AWS) began its Global Certification Program and its primary purpose is to validate the technical skills and knowledge necessary for building secure and reliable cloud-based applications using the AWS platform. Anyone can prove their expertise in the AWS Cloud to their present and future employers as well by successfully passing the AWS Certification exam. AWS launched the Professional and Specialty-level certifications, which continuously expanded its certification program, and since then, it has covered various domains such as machine learning, data analytics, networking, and many others. New and updated versions of the AWS certification exams are released on a regular basis to reflect the service changes and to include brand-new knowledge areas.

The very first version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional exam (SAP-00) was first in May 2014. After almost 5 years, an updated version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Professional certification was launched on February 2019 with an exam code of SAP-C01. And after more than three years, in November 2022, AWS will release yet another version of this certification test with an exam code of SAP-C02.

The latest SAP-C02 version for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate certification will be available on the 15th day of November 2022. Based on this trend, I’m assuming that the new version will be coming in 2025, with an exam code of SAP-C03, based on the exam convention.

Is there an Exam Lab section in SAP-C02?

No, it doesn’t. You can confirm this on the official exam guide for the SAP-C02 exam.

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This comes to me as a surprise since I initially thought that AWS would eventually include an Exam labs section on all of its new AWS Certifications team. Apparently, this is not the case, as the new SAP-C02 AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional and ANS-C01 AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty exams don’t have any labs at all.

What are the topics that are in the scope of the SAP-C02 exam?

First off, this list is quite long, so brace yourselves! But please don’t be frustrated and get scared by its sheer length. With proper training and study strategy, you would be able to adequately cover these topics on your review:

  • Analytics:
    •  Amazon Athena
    • AWS Data Exchange
    • AWS Data Pipeline
    • Amazon EMR
    • AWS Glue
    • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics
    • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose
    • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams
    • AWS Lake Formation
    • Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK)
    • Amazon OpenSearch Service
    • Amazon QuickSight
  • Application Integration:
    • Amazon AppFlow
    • AWS AppSync
    • Amazon EventBridge (Amazon CloudWatch Events)
    • Amazon MQ
    • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
    • Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
    • AWS Step Functions
  • Business Applications:
    • Alexa for Business
    • Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES)


  • Blockchain:
    • Amazon Managed Blockchain
  • Cloud Financial Management:
    • AWS Budgets
    • AWS Cost and Usage Report
    • AWS Cost Explorer
    • Savings Plans
  • Compute:
    • AWS App Runner
    • AWS Auto Scaling
    • AWS Batch
    • Amazon EC2
    • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
    • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)
    • Elastic Load Balancing
    • AWS Fargate
    • AWS Lambda
    • Amazon Lightsail
    • AWS Outposts
    • AWS Wavelength
  • Containers:
    • Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)
    • Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
    • Amazon ECS Anywhere
    • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)
    • Amazon EKS Anywhere
    • Amazon EKS Distro
  • Database:
    • Amazon Aurora
    • Amazon Aurora Serverless
    • Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility)
    • Amazon DynamoDB
    • Amazon ElastiCache
    • Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra)
    • Amazon Neptune
    • Amazon RDS
    • Amazon Redshift
    • Amazon Timestream
  • Developer Tools:
    • AWS Cloud9
    • AWS CodeArtifact
    • AWS CodeBuild
    • AWS CodeCommit
    • AWS CodeDeploy
    • Amazon CodeGuru
    • AWS CodePipeline
    • AWS CodeStar
    • AWS X-Ray
  • Frontend Web and Mobile:
    • AWS Amplify
    • Amazon API Gateway
    • AWS Device Farm
    • Amazon Pinpoint
  • Internet of Things:
    • AWS IoT Analytics
    • AWS IoT Core
    • AWS IoT Device Defender
    • AWS IoT Device Management
    • AWS IoT Events
    • AWS IoT Greengrass
    • AWS IoT SiteWise
    • AWS IoT Things Graph
    • AWS IoT 1-Click
  • Machine Learning:
    • Amazon Comprehend
    • Amazon Forecast
    • Amazon Fraud Detector
    • Amazon Kendra
    • Amazon Lex
    • Amazon Personalize
    • Amazon Polly
    • Amazon Rekognition
    • Amazon SageMaker
    • Amazon Textract
    • Amazon Transcribe
    • Amazon Translate
  • Management and Governance:
    • AWS CloudFormation
    • AWS CloudTrail
    • Amazon CloudWatch
    • Amazon CloudWatch Logs
    • AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI)
    • AWS Compute Optimizer
    • AWS Config
    • AWS Control Tower
    • AWS License Manager
    • Amazon Managed Grafana
    • Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus
    • AWS Management Console
    • AWS Organizations
    • AWS Personal Health Dashboard
    • AWS Proton
    • AWS Service Catalog
    • Service Quotas
    • AWS Systems Manager
    • AWS Trusted Advisor
    • AWS Well-Architected Tool
  • Media Services:
    • Amazon Elastic Transcoder
    • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams
  • Migration and Transfer:
    • AWS Application Discovery Service
    • AWS Application Migration Service (CloudEndure Migration)
    • AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS)
    • AWS DataSync
    • AWS Migration Hub
    • AWS Schema Conversion Tool (AWS SCT)
    • AWS Snow Family
    • AWS Transfer Family
  • Networking and Content Delivery:
    • Amazon CloudFront
    • AWS Direct Connect
    • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
    • AWS Global Accelerator
    • AWS PrivateLink
    • Amazon Route 53
    • AWS Transit Gateway
    • Amazon VPC
    • AWS VPN
  • Security, Identity, and Compliance:
    • AWS Artifact
    • AWS Audit Manager
    • AWS Certificate Manager (ACM)
    • AWS CloudHSM
    • Amazon Cognito
    • Amazon Detective
    • AWS Directory Service
    • AWS Firewall Manager
    • Amazon GuardDuty
    • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • Amazon Inspector
    • AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS)
    • Amazon Macie
    • AWS Network Firewall
    • AWS Resource Access Manager (AWS RAM)
    • AWS Secrets Manager
    • AWS Security Hub
    • AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS)
    • AWS Shield
    • AWS Single Sign-On
    • AWS WAF
  • Storage:
    • AWS Backup
    • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
    • AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (CloudEndure Disaster Recovery)
    • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS)
    • Amazon FSx (for all types)
    • Amazon S3
    • Amazon S3 Glacier
    • AWS Storage Gateway
  • End User Computing:
    •  Amazon AppStream 2.0
    • Amazon WorkSpaces

Which AWS services are NOT included in the SAP-C02 exam?

The following AWS services and features do not represent each and every AWS offering which is excluded from the SAP-C02 exam content. This is only a short hint of what topics are not covered on the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Professional exam. Nonetheless, this list can give you an idea of the AWS services that you do NOT need to focus on.

  • Amazon GameLift
  • Frontend development for mobile apps
  • 12-factor app methodology
  • In-depth knowledge of operating systems



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