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

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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Looking for a one-page digest that breaks down the exam? Check out the “go-to” guide I’ve written recently: Your guide to the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam

Cloud Practitioner Exam: Content Breakdown

Domain 1: Cloud Concepts (26%)

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

Domain 2: Security (25%)

  • 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 (33%)

  • 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 (16%)

  • 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. The most useful exam prep resources were the sample exam on A Cloud Guru and the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner 2020 Practice Questions eBook 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)