National Credential
Credential: AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty
Credentialing Agency: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty certification is intended for individuals who perform complex Big Data analyses. The exam validates an examinee’s technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS services to derive value from data. It is recommended that candidates hold an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or a current Associate-level certification: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate; have a minimum of five years hands-on experience in a data analytics field; and a minimum of 2 years’ experience using AWS technology.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI other          
Enlisted 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI other          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI other          
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty

  • Collection (17%)
    • Determine the operational characteristics of the collection system
    • Select a collection system that handles the frequency of data change and type of data being ingested
    • Identify the properties that need to be enforced by the collection system: order, data structure, metadata, etc.
    • Explain the durability and availability characteristics for the collection approach
  • Storage (17%)
    • Determine and optimize the operational characteristics of the storage solution
    • Determine data access and retrieval patterns
    • Evaluate mechanisms for capture, update, and retrieval of catalog entries
    • Determine appropriate data structure and storage format
  • Processing (17%)
    • Identify the appropriate data processing technology for a given scenario
    • Determine how to design and architect the data processing solution
    • Determine the operational characteristics of the solution implemented
  • Analysis (17%)
    • Determine the tools and techniques required for analysis
    • Determine how to design and architect the analytical solution
    • Determine and optimize the operational characteristics of the Analysis
  • Visualization (12%)
    • Determine the appropriate techniques for delivering the results/output
    • Determine how to design and create the Visualization platform
    • Determine and optimize the operational characteristics of the Visualization system
  • Data Security (20%)
    • Determine encryption requirements and/or implementation technologies
    • Choose the appropriate technology to enforce data governance
    • Identify how to ensure data integrity
    • Evaluate regulatory requirements

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty

Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty credential has the following recertification information:

  • AWS certifications are valid for 3 years. Certification holders may recertify by taking the current Specialty exam for the certification already held.

AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty

Additional considerations for the AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty include:

  • It is recommended that candidates hold an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or a current Associate-level certification: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate; have a minimum of 2 years’ experience using AWS technology; and have at least 5 years’ experience in a data analytics field.