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AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Speciality

The AWS Certified Advanced Networking Speciality certification is intended for learners responsible for performing complex networking tasks, with an additional five years of experience in architecting and implementing network solutions. Gaining this certification validates that you have the ability to design and implement cloud based networking solutions, have the ability to operate and maintain hybrid and cloud based architecture for all AWS services. Additionally you have the ability to implement secure AWS networks

This certification is suited for professionals such as Solution Architects, Network Architects, Network Engineers and DevOps Engineers

AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Speciality

Who should take this exam?

AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty is intended for individuals who perform complex networking tasks with five years of hands-on experience architecting and implementing network solutions. Before you take this exam, we recommend you have:

    • Professional experience using AWS technology, AWS security best practices, AWS storage options and their underlying consistency models, and AWS networking nuances and how they relate to the integration of AWS services.
    • Knowledge of advanced networking architectures and interconnectivity options [e.g., IP VPN, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), virtual private LAN service (VPLS)].
    • Familiarity with the development of automation scripts and tools. This should include the design, implementation, and optimization of the following: Routing architectures (including static and dynamic); multi-region solutions for a global enterprise; highly available connectivity solutions (e.g., AWS Direct Connect, VPN).
    • Knowledge of CIDR and sub-netting (IPv4 and IPv6); IPv6 transition challenges; and generic solutions for network security features, including AWS WAF, intrusion detection systems (IDS), intrusion prevention systems (IPS), DDoS protection, and economic denial of service/sustainability (EDoS).

Exam Overview

Level: SpecIality

Length: 170 minutes to complete the exam

Cost: 300 USD

Format: 65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response

Delivery Method: Pearson VUE and PSI; testing center or online proctored exam

Exam Content

Response types
There are two types of questions on the exam:
  • Multiple choice: Has one correct response and three incorrect responses
    (distractors)
  • Multiple response: Has two or more correct responses out of five or more
    response options

Select one or more responses that best complete the statement or answer the question. Distractors, or incorrect answers, are response options that a candidate with incomplete knowledge or skill might choose. Distractors are generally plausible responses that match the content area.

Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; there is no penalty for guessing. The exam includes 50 questions that affect your score

Content outline
This exam guide includes weightings, content domains, and task statements for the exam. This guide does not provide a comprehensive list of the content on the exam. However, additional context for each task statement is available to help you prepare for the exam.
The exam has the following content domains and weightings:

  • Domain 1: Network Design (30% of scored content)
  • Domain 2: Network Implementation (26% of scored content)
  • Domain 3: Network Management and Operation (20% of scored content)
  • Domain 4: Network Security, Compliance, and Governance (24% of scored content)
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FAQs

No, there are no prerequisites to prepare for and take this certification exam. The content outline for this exam is designed for candidates new to Cloud who may not have an information technology (IT) background. Candidates for this exam could have up to 6 months of exposure to AWS Cloud, but it is not required.  

Earning this certification validates high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology. This certification serves as an entry point to a cloud career for candidates from non-IT backgrounds switching to cloud. Job listings requiring AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner have increased 84% (Oct 2021 – Sept 2022) per Lightcast™ October 2022. This certification is also ideal for line-of-business employees (sales, product management, project management, etc.) who want to gain cloud literacy and communicate more effectively with technical teams and customers.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, and/or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate are next certifications that other cloud professionals have earned to advance further in cloud architect, cloud engineer, developer, and systems administrator roles.

This certification is valid for 3 years.

Before your certification expires, you can recertify through one of the options below:

  • Complete the new AWS Cloud Quest: Recertify Cloud Practitioner game-based learning. This guided, self-paced option is free during the beta period November 21, 2023 – May 31, 2024. No exam prep or exam is needed for this game-based recertification option.
  • Pass the latest version of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam
  • Pass an Associate-level or Professional-level exam

Yes. Once you earn one AWS Certification, you get 50% discount on other AWS Certification exams. You can sign in and access this discount in your AWS Certification Account.

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