So I finally got around to sitting the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam, aka AWS-SAA-C02.

This certification validates the ability to design and implement distributed systems on AWS.

Basically, it says you have a clue of what to do with AWS. That’s not to say it’s easy; AWS has many, many services and you’re expected to be able to answer some pretty specific questions about more than just a few of them. A lot of them you’re not going to run into in simple day-to-day use cases, so for me at least, there was some study required.

Anyway, I did alright in the exam, though it’s not like there’s bonus points for anything better than passing. Out of a possible scaled score from 100-1000 points, you need at least 720. I got 956, so I’m pretty happy with that.

Aside from using AWS, I leaned on following resources for exam preparation.