AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam is the most basic AWS certification exam for individuals to demonstrate an overall understanding of AWS Cloud.

This is the first AWS related certification exam I took, and I studied for a total of 3 months, with “serious studying” occurring in the last 2 weeks of it.

AWS recommends that candidates come in with at least 6 months of experience with AWS Cloud, and to have a basic understanding of IT services before taking this exam.

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Cloud Practitioner Exam: Content Breakdown

Domain 1: Cloud Concepts (28%)

AWS: Basics of Cloud Computing

  • Define the AWS Cloud and its value proposition
  • Identify aspects of AWS Cloud economics
  • List the different cloud architecture design principles

Domain 2: Security (24%)

Security 101 for AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam

  • Define the AWS Shared Responsibility model
  • Define AWS Cloud security and compliance concepts
  • Identify AWS access management capabilities
  • Identify resources for security support

Domain 3: Technology (36%)

AWS Resources by Service Groups

  • Define methods of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud
  • Define the AWS global infrastructure
  • Identify the core AWS services
  • Identify resources for technology support

Domain 4: Billing and Pricing (12%)

AWS Billing 101 for Cloud Practitioner Exam

  • Compare and contrast the various pricing models for AWS
  • Recognize the various account structures in relation to AWS billing and pricing
  • Identify resources available for billing support

Exam Resources

Below, I have listed some resources I’ve utilized in my studying for the certification exam.  I got most of my information from A Cloud Guru and the AWS official website.

The most useful exam prep were the sample exam on A Cloud Guru and the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner 2020 Practice Questions from Amazon Kindle.

Introduction to AWS/Cloud Computing

Practice Exams

Online Courses


Exam Overview

  • Cost: $100 (USD)
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese

Candidate Overview

  • Define what the AWS Cloud is and the basic global infrastructure
  • Describe basic AWS Cloud architectural principles
  • Describe the AWS Cloud value proposition
  • Describe key services on the AWS platform and their common use cases
  • Describe basic security and compliance aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model
  • Define the billing, account management, and pricing models
  • Identify sources of documentation or technical assistance
  • Describe basic/core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud

(Source: Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam)