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

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification is intended for individuals who perform a Solutions Architect role. This exam validates an examinee's ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. It validates a candidate's ability to define a solution using architectural design principles based on customer requirements and provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the lifecycle of the project. Eligible candidates should have one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS, in-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language, ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application, experience with deploying hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components, and capability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - 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 Solutions Architect - 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: 2 years

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

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Candidates have the option to take the new exam or the previous exam through August 12, 2018.

  • 1.0 Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems (60%)
    • 1.1 Identify and recognize cloud architecture considerations, such as fundamental components and effective designs.
  • 2.0 Implementation/Deployment (10%)
    • 2.1 Identify the appropriate techniques and methods using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS CloudFormation, AWS OpsWorks, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to code and implement a cloud solution.
  • 3.0 Data Security (20%)
    • 3.1 Recognize and implement secure practices for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance.
    • 3.2 Recognize critical disaster recovery techniques and their implementation.
  • 4.0 Troubleshooting (10%)
  • Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures (34%)
    • 1.1 Choose reliable/resilient storage.
    • 1.2 Determine how to design decoupling mechanisms using AWS services.
    • 1.3 Determine how to design a multi-tier architecture solution.
    • 1.4 Determine how to design high availability and/or fault tolerant architectures.
  • Domain 2: Define Performant Architectures (24%)
    • 2.1 Choose performant storage and databases.
    • 2.2 Apply caching to improve performance.
    • 2.3 Design solutions for elasticity and scalability.
  • Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures (26%)
    • 3.1 Determine how to secure application tiers.
    • 3.2 Determine how to secure data.
    • 3.3 Define the networking infrastructure for a single VPC application.
  • Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (10%)
    • 4.1 Determine how to design cost-optimized storage.
    • 4.2 Determine how to design cost-optimized compute.
  • Domain 5: Define Operationally Excellent Architectures (6%)
    • 5.1 Choose design features in solutions that enable operational excellence.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

There are two ways to satisfy the recertification requirement for an associate certification:
  1. Certification holders may take the associate level recertification exam for the certification he/she already has. Recertification exams follow the same exam blueprint as the full certification exam.
  2. Certification holders can also satisfy the recertification requirement by passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Additional considerations for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate include:

  • Eligible candidates for this exam are recommended to have:

    • One or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS
    • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language
    • Ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application
    • Experience with deploying hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components
    • Capability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform