Solutions Architect - Associate

Solutions Architect - Associate

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam is intended for individuals who perform a solutions architect role. This exam validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Identify and gather requirements in order to define a solution to be built using architecture best practices.
  • Provide guidance on architectural best practices to developers and system administrators throughout the lifecycle of the project. 

The knowledge and skills required at this level should include all of the following areas and objective components. The knowledge level can be defined as including the majority of the following skills or qualities: 

AWS Knowledge

  • Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services.
  • Professional experience architecting large-scale distributed systems.
  • Understanding of elasticity and scalability concepts.
  • Understanding of the AWS global infrastructure.
  • Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
  • A good understanding of all security features and tools that AWS provides and how they relate to traditional services.
  • A strong understanding of client interfaces to the AWS platform.
  • Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services.

All Courses Idea

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented:



 1.0 Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems


 2.0 Implementation/Deployment


 3.0 Data Security


 4.0 Troubleshooting




Content Limits (Exam Guide)

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Excellent understanding of typical multi-tier architectures: web servers, caching, application servers, load balancers, and storage
  • Understanding of Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and NoSQL
  • Knowledge of message queuing and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
  • Familiarity with loose coupling and stateless systems
  • Understanding of different consistency models in distributed systems
  • Knowledge of Content Delivery Networks (CDN)
  • Hands-on experience with core LAN/WAN network technologies
  • Experience with route tables, access control lists, firewalls, NAT, HTTP, DNS, IP and OSI Network
  • Knowledge of RESTful Web Services, XML, JSON
  • Familiarity with the software development lifecycle
  • Work experience with information and application security concepts, mechanisms, and tools
  • Awareness of end-user computing and collaborative technologies