My Path to AWS Cloud Certified Practitioner: Exam Prep ๐Ÿ™Œ

My Path to AWS Cloud Certified Practitioner: Exam Prep ๐Ÿ™Œ


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Hi there, welcome to my blog๐Ÿ‘‹! This is the second post about my transition from Frontend Developer to Cloud Engineer. (You can check out my first post here ๐Ÿ‘€).

In today's post, I'd like to share the steps I'm taking to prepare for the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam. I'm open to hearing any other tips or advice you may have for me too ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Now, let's get started!

Essential Tools

I'm a self-taught learner and have found effective ways to organize my study time and maintain quality learning habits.

Some of my favorite tools include:

  • Notion: I find Notion to be an incredible productivity and note-taking web application for keeping track of study notes and deadlines. It's both free and easy to use. In my case, I've created a table with contents. Each section is an independent page covering a specific topic. You can add the columns you prefer and customize them to your liking.

  • Study Planner: If you enjoy putting things on paper, consider getting a good study planner. I like to make notes, set goals, and establish deadlines in my planner.

  • Whiteboard: There are four types of learners (visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic). Each person is a blend of these four learning styles, but in my case, I predominantly depend on taking notes, as well as visual learning. Having a whiteboard has helped me write and understand concepts in the past. Sometimes, I leave the notes on it for a while and revisit them to reinforce my understanding of the concept.

  • Approach One Concept at a Time: My preferred method involves initially reading about a concept and revisiting my notes to solidify my understanding. I proceed to the next concept only after fully grasping the current one.

Hands-on Exam prep!

I've chosen to start with the AWS Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C02) exam because it provides the foundational knowledge I need and a high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology. Since I'm new to Cloud Technologies, this certification is the perfect starting point.

Keep in mind that while having a technical background may be helpful, it's not exclusive to technical people!

Here's the official website where you can find information about the exam overview, categories, duration, and cost, among other details.

You can also find the recommended steps to prepare for the exam๐Ÿ‘Œ.

I began by reviewing the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C02) Exam Guide. Please take some time to read it in detail and highlight the key points ๐Ÿ“š.

I'll begin with Domain 1: Cloud Concepts, which accounts for 24% of the total content and focuses on exploring these key areas:

  1. Benefits of AWS Cloud: Dive into the advantages, cost savings, global infrastructure, high availability, and agility.

  2. Design Principles: Discover the AWS Well-Architected Framework and its pillars, which include operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, cost optimization, and sustainability.

  3. Migration Strategies: Gain insights into cloud adoption strategies and the resources that support your migration journey, including the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF).

  4. Cloud Economics: Explore different aspects of cloud economics, including cost-saving mechanisms, differentiating between fixed and variable costs, strategies for licensing, the role of automation, and the utilization of managed AWS services.

So, the next post will be all about Domain 1 concepts ๐Ÿš€.

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you there! ๐Ÿ˜Š