AWS Certification

AWS Certified Sysops Administrator – Associate

The AWS Certified Sysops Administrator Associate Certification assists in identifying and nurturing individuals who possess the essential abilities to carry out cloud initiatives. The certification verifies prior experience in workload deployment, management and operations on AWS. 

We recommend individuals to have prior experience in working in a system administrator role and have experience in other cloud services, this serves as an excellent starting point for individuals.

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate

Who should take this exam?

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate is a great starting point on the AWS Certification path for individuals who may have any of the following:

  • Experience working in a systems administrator role
  • Experience in AWS technology
  • Strong on-premises IT experience and understanding of mapping on-premises to cloud
  • Experience working in other cloud services

Exam Overview

Level: Associate

Length: 180 minutes to complete the exam

Cost: 150 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
As of March 28, 2023, the exam will consist of two types of questions until further notice:

  • Multiple choice: Has one correct response and three incorrect responses
  • Multiple response: Has two or more correct responses out of five or more
    response options

Multiple choice and multiple response: 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.

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: Monitoring, Logging, and Remediation (20% of scored content)

  • Domain 2: Reliability and Business Continuity (16% of scored content)
  • Domain 3: Deployment, Provisioning, and Automation (18% of scored content)
  • Domain 4: Security and Compliance (16% of scored content)
  • Domain 5: Networking and Content Delivery (18% of scored content)
  • Domain 6: Cost and Performance Optimization (12% of scored content)
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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

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Exam Guide

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AWS Certification helps learners build credibility and confidence by validating their cloud expertise with an industry-recognized credential and organizations identify skilled professionals to lead cloud initiatives using AWS.

You must earn a passing score via a proctored exam to earn an AWS Certification. Upon receiving a passing score, you will receive your certification credentials. 

You will be required to update your certification (or recertify) every three years. View the AWS Certification Recertification page for more details.

You can purchase AWS Certification exam vouchers, which eliminates the need for candidates to have to pay when scheduling their exam. They simply enter a voucher code when scheduling exams at Pearson VUE. Learn more here.

Vouchers are available for purchase anytime online. Learn more here.

The best preparation for certification exams is practical experience. We recommend six months to two years of hands-on experience using AWS. We also offer training and materials to help you prepare.

AWS Certification does not publish a list of all services and/or features that are covered in a certification exam. However, the exam guide for each exam does list the current topic areas and objectives covered in the exam. Exam guides can be found here.

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is 100 USD. Associate-level exams are 150 USD. Professional-level and Specialty exams are 300 USD. Please note that taxes (such as Value Added Tax) may apply. We also offer local-currency prices in Australian dollar, euro, Korean won, and Japanese yen. Exam prices will be updated annually in April to reflect foreign exchange rates for Australian dollar, euro, Korean won, and Japanese yen. Refer to the published exam prices for the latest information.

If you fail an exam, you must wait 14 calendar days before you are eligible to retake the exam. There is no limit on exam attempts. However, you must pay the full registration fee for each exam attempt. Once you have passed an exam, you will not be able to retake the same exam for two years. If the exam has been updated with a new exam guide and exam series code, you will be eligible to take the new exam version.

Note that beta exam test takers can take the beta version only once, after which they will need to wait to retake the exam when the official certification exam becomes generally available.

Your detailed exam results will be available within five business days of completing your exam in your AWS Certification Account, under Exam History.

Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam. You will be notified via email once your exam results are available in your AWS Certification Account.

Yes. You can cancel or reschedule your exam up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment without additional fees. To reschedule or cancel your exam, go to your AWS Certification Account and click the Manage Pearson VUE exams button. Select the scheduled exam you wish to manage from the Upcoming Appointments menu. Once you reach the 24-hour window before your scheduled appointment, you will not be able to cancel or reschedule your exam. If you miss your scheduled exam appointment, you will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund (see medical exception below). You will not be able to register again for the exam until 24 hours after your missed exam time. Missing the exam does not result in a “fail” status.

To receive support for a cancellation or a missed exam, due to a medical emergency contact your test vendor: Pearson VUE.

For personal illness (with medical documentation) or for unforeseen emergency situations (documentation required), the test delivery vendors will waive the fee and allow a reschedule without fees. In emergency situations, you will be required to provide official documentation of the emergency event. This policy is noted and digitally agreed to in the test registration agreement and in the exam appointment confirmation email. Pearson VUE staff will respond to your ticket within a period of 5 business days (weekends and holidays are not included). Note: If you do not receive a response from the vendor after 5 business days, please reply to this email with their ticket number for further assistance.

Please note that you may only reschedule two times after scheduling your original appointment. If you wish to reschedule a third time, you must cancel and schedule a new appointment. The reschedule limit will apply to the new appointment. Exam appointments cannot be cancelled less than 24 hours prior to your appointment.

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