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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (ACSOAA)

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate examination is intended for individuals with one to two years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role. It validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • •Deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS
  • •Implement and control the flow of data to and from AWS
  • •Select the appropriate AWS service based on compute, data, or security requirements
  • •Identify appropriate use of AWS operational best practices
  • •Estimate AWS usage costs and identify operational cost control mechanisms
  • •Migrate on-premises workloads to AWS


Recommended AWS knowledge:

  • Minimum of 1 year hands-on experience with AWS
  • Experience managing/operating systems on AWS
  • Understanding of the AWS tenets – architecting for the cloud
  • Hands-on experience with the AWS CLI and SDKs/API tools
  • Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
  • Understanding of security concepts with hands-on experience in implementing security controls and compliance requirements

Recommended general IT knowledge:

  • 1-2 years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role
  • Understanding of virtualization technology
  • Monitoring and auditing systems experience
  • Knowledge of networking concepts (e.g., DNS, TCP/IP, and firewalls)
  • Ability to translate architectural requirements


Exam Overview

  • Multiple choice and multiple answer questions
  • 130 minutes to complete the exam
  • Available in English and Japanese
  • No prerequisites; recommend taking Systems Operations on AWS (AWSSYS)

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