I am thrilled to share that I successfully completed the Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01) exam recently. It was a challenging and allowed me to deepen my understanding of AWS cloud concepts. In this blog post, I would like to offer some valuable tips that can help you in your preparation for this certification.
Here is the Offical Exam guide:
Here are some of the core areas and terms you should prioritize in your study:
-AWS Global Infrastructure: Familiarize yourself with AWS regions, availability zones, and edge locations. Understand their purpose, how they are interconnected, and how they contribute to AWS’s global infrastructure.
-AWS Services Overview: Gain a comprehensive understanding of AWS’s extensive range of services, including compute, storage, database, networking, security, and management tools. Recognize the unique features and benefits of each service and their relevance in different scenarios.
-AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM): Learn the fundamentals of IAM, which plays a crucial role in controlling access to AWS resources. Understand concepts such as users, groups, roles, policies, and permissions, and how they are utilized to maintain a secure and well-managed AWS environment.
-Security Best Practices: Explore AWS’s security measures and best practices for safeguarding your cloud resources.
-AWS Billing and Pricing: Acquaint yourself with the various pricing models and cost optimization strategies available in AWS. Understand the concept of AWS Billing and Cost Management, including the different billing methods, cost allocation tags, and tools for monitoring and controlling expenditure.
-AWS Well-Architected Framework: Understand the six pillars that serve as guiding principles for building and maintaining well-designed systems on AWS.
-Four Principles: Agility, Elasticity, Security, and Flexibility.
-Agility vs Elasticity: It is a comparison between the ability to rapidly respond to change (agility) and the capability to scale resources up and down as needed (elasticity).
-Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): Understand the usecases for the services. How EC2 provides scalable virtual servers in the cloud, allowing users to easily deploy and manage their applications.
-Elastic Block Store: Understand the usecase for a block-level storage service in AWS. Also how it provides persistent storage volumes for EC2 instances.
-Elastic File System: Know that tt is a scalable file storage service in AWS that provides shared file storage for use with EC2 instances.
-Simple Cloud Storage (S3): Familiarize yourself with the object storage service by AWS that offers scalable and durable storage for various types of data.
-Different Database Offerings: Know that AWS provides a range of database services, including RDS (Relational Database Service), DynamoDB (NoSQL database), ElastiCache (in-memory caching), and more.
Amazon offers an extensive array of services with numerous names, making it challenging to recall them all. Instead, prioritize understanding the core services listed above. Additionally, keep in mind that it is a marketing-level certification, so it is essential to familiarize yourself only with the terminology.
In addition to studying the theoretical aspects, I highly recommend practicing hands-on with AWS services. Take advantage of AWS Free Tier to gain practical experience and reinforce your understanding of concepts through real-world scenarios. Working on sample projects, tutorials, and labs can greatly enhance your comprehension and help you build confidence in your abilities.
Lastly, remember to manage your time effectively during the exam. Read questions carefully, eliminate obviously incorrect options, and prioritize your answers based on the level of certainty you have.
Wishing you the best of luck and an enriching learning experience on your path to becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner!
I will leave you witha few videos you can watch for addtonal study material.