Frequently asked questions
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Q: Why complete the challenge?
A: When you’re skilled, you know it—when you’re certified, everyone knows it. Completing the AWS Specialty Challenge showcases your skills to fellow experts, as well as current and future employers. Earning Specialty Certification increases your professional influence, advances your career, and keeps you in the top ranks among your peers. By joining the Challenge, you’ll get access to brand new training on Twitch, AWS Power Hour: Specialty Certification. Plus, get recommended resources, a Resource Hub to help you prepare, and a 50% off voucher toward the cost of your exam.
Q: Who can participate in the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge?
A: Any person that registers for the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge before December 16, 2022 will be eligible to participate in the Challenge and eligible for a 50% discount voucher. *Terms and conditions apply.
Q: How do I get a 50% voucher for the AWS Official Certification Exam?
A: All participants are eligible for a 50% discount voucher toward the cost of an AWS Specialty-level exam, including: Advanced Networking - Specialty, Data Analytics - Specialty, Databases - Specialty, Machine Learning - Specialty, Security - Specialty, and SAP on AWS - Specialty. In order to apply the discount, you must schedule your exam with Pearson VUE. Vouchers will not be applicable to exams scheduled through PSI.
When you register for the Challenge, your voucher request will be submitted automatically. After you register, you will receive email instructions for how to redeem your discount voucher within 14 business days. You have until December 16, 2022 to join the challenge and be eligible to receive your voucher. Your exam appointment can be for any day before March 31, 2023. *Terms and Conditions apply.
Q: How do I access the Twitch training related to the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge?
A: To support participants in the Challenge, we’ve developed a new package of live trainings on Twitch called AWS Power Hour: Specialty Certification. These shows are hosted by AWS experts and designed to help you prepare to take and pass a Specialty-level AWS Certification exam. You can join live sessions on Mondays and Fridays from October 3 through November 4. Visit the show schedule to learn more, watch live sessions, or access replays.
Q: Do I have to follow all of the training in order to complete the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge?
A: All training, review sessions, and preparation resources recommended as part of the Challenge are optional. The training curriculum provided is a recommended path of resources. When you feel ready to take the certification exam, go ahead and schedule your exam!
Q: In what languages will the exam be available?
A: Learn more about the languages available and other details of the specific Specialty-level exam you plan to take at one of our Certification pages:
Q: What is the benefit of getting AWS Certified?
A: Earning the highest-level industry recognized credential from AWS showcases your skills, increases your influence among peers, and helps advance your career.
Q: How does staff getting AWS Certified benefit an organization?
AWS Certification helps organizations identify and cultivate skilled professionals who can improve cloud operations and drive innovation. Research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows that AWS Certification can help organizations build faster, improve security, reduce downtime, improve deployment time, better innovate with AWS services, and attract and retain top talent. Learn more.
Q: How do AWS Partners benefit from having AWS Certified staff?
AWS Certification helps AWS Partners retain top talent and better serve their customers. According to research by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 97% of AWS Partners say that AWS Training and Certification programs put their company in a better competitive position to succeed over the next 3-5 years.
Q: Is there any cost associated with the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge?
A: There is no cost to sign up or participate in the training and preparation sessions for the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge. To earn an AWS Specialty-level Certification, participants must take and pass the exam. Specialty-level AWS Certification exams cost 300 USD.
Q: What are the dates of the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge?
A: Registration for the Challenge will be open until December 16, 2022. To be recognized for meeting the Get AWS Certified: Specialty Challenge, take and pass an AWS Specialty-level exam before March 31, 2023.
Q: How do I take an AWS Certification exam?
A. We offer AWS Certification exams through two test delivery providers, Pearson VUE and PSI. Both test delivery providers offer exams for candidates to take in testing centers or at home via online proctoring. Learn more about your testing options.
Q: How do I share my certification with my network?
A: We provide digital badges on Credly’s digital badging platform as a benefit of earning an AWS Certification to help you showcase your achievement. You can add your digital badge to your professional profiles, digital resumes, or email signatures. You can also share your digital badge as a post on social media to celebrate with your network. Learn more about badges.
AWS Partner learners can also share their certification status with their organization by completing the certification consent process. Learn more about sharing your certification status with your employer.