AWS Certification

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Cloud Practitioner certification serves as a starting point for validating foundational high-level understanding of AWS services, AWS products and terminology. This certification is an excellent option for those candidates who have little to no knowledge of the AWS Cloud and are looking to start their career. You will build foundational knowledge of the AWS Cloud and learn to choose services for performing basic tasks. 

We recommended that the learners should have completed the AWS Cloud Practitioner essentials classroom course and gained basic understanding of the AWS cloud and the AWS Management console

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Essentials

Who should take this exam?

The target candidate should have 6 months, or the equivalent, of active engagement with the AWS Cloud, with exposure to AWS Cloud design, implementation, and/or operations. Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of well-designed AWS Cloud solutions.

Recommended AWS knowledge
The target candidate should have the following knowledge:

  • AWS Cloud concepts
  • Security and compliance within the AWS Cloud
  • Understanding of the core AWS services
  • Understanding of the economics of the AWS Cloud

Exam Overview

Level: Foundational
Length: 90 minutes to complete the exam
Cost: 100 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 CLF-C02 exam guide includes weightings, content domains, and task statements
for the exam. Refer to Appendix B for a comparison of the previous version (CLF-C01)
and current version (CLF-C02) of 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: Cloud Concepts (24% of scored content)
  • Domain 2: Security and Compliance (30% of scored content)
  • Domain 3: Cloud Technology and Services (34% of scored content)
  • Domain 4: Billing, Pricing, and Support (12% of scored content)
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Prepare for the exam

Below are recommended steps you can follow to get ready for exam day. Note: AWS does not require you to take any specific AWS training as part of your exam prep. 

Classroom Training

Classroom Training

Learn the official AWS Course deliver by an Amazon Authorised Instructor.

Go to Page>

Exam readiness

Exam Readiness

Learn about navigating the logistics of the examination process, the exam structure.

Learn More>

Exam Guide

Exam Guide

Download the Exam Guiide>

Practice Quessionaire

Practice Questionnaire

Attempt exam questions built by experts to assess your preparation for the certification exam.

Go to page>


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.





Open chat
Chat with us
How may I help you?