National Credential
Credential: AWS Certified Developer - Associate  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The AWS Certified Developer - Associate certification is intended for individuals who perform a Developer role. This certification validates a candidate's ability to demonstrate an understanding of core AWS services, uses, and basic AWS architecture best practices and proficiency in developing, deploying, and debugging cloud-based applications using AWS. Although there are no prerequisites to sit for the exam, it is recommended that candidates have one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining an AWS based application.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

AWS Certified Developer - Associate

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 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI other          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI 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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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AWS Certified Developer - Associate

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: 1 year 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 Developer - Associate

  • Deployment (22%)
    • Deploy written code in AWS using existing CI/CD pipelines, processes, and patterns.
    • Deploy applications using Elastic Beanstalk.
    • Prepare the application deployment package to be deployed to AWS.
    • Deploy serverless applications.
  • Security (26%)
    • Make authenticated calls to AWS services.
    • Implement encryption using AWS services.
    • Implement application authentication and authorization.
  • Development with AWS Services (30%)
    • Write code for serverless applications
    • Translate functional requirements into application design.
    • Implement application design into application code.
    • Write code that interacts with AWS services by using APIs, SDKs, and AWS CLI.
  • Refactoring (10%)
    • Optimize application to best use AWS services and features.
    • Migrate existing application code to run on AWS.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting (12%)
    • Write code that can be monitored.
    • Perform root cause analysis on faults found in testing or production.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the AWS Certified Developer - Associate 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 Developer - Associate

Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Developer - Associate credential has the following recertification information:

  • AWS Certifications are valid for 3 years. Certification holders may recertify by taking the current Associate-level exam for the certification already held or by passing either the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam for the Architect path or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional exam for the Developer or Operations path.

AWS Certified Developer - Associate

Additional considerations for the AWS Certified Developer - Associate include:

  • It is recommended that candidates have one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining an AWS based application.