Below is the Eplexity / AWS Engineering Career Map QNA

Question: What is the goal of the AWS Open Swim program? 
Answer: To provide a career roadmap for the Public Cloud Roles needed in the deployment and maintenance of AWS Infrastructure. Those roles are defined as: AWS Certified Solutions Architect -Associate, AWS Certified Solutions Architect -Professional, AWS Certified Developer- Associate, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator-Associate, AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Speciality, AWS Certified Big Data - Specialty. 

Question: What is the first certification I need to interview with Eplexity regardless of my experience or education?
Answer:  The 90 day goal is for you to become AWS Solutions Architect Associate on your own pace with the materials provided.  If you achieve this in 90 days you will be interviewed for a role for AWS Field Engineering Delivery or Managed Services Squad.  We have openings in DevOps, Security, Application Development, Architecture planning for AWS projects and AWS Training.  In addition we have roles open in Internships and our Managed Services Provider team.

Question: What is the first step?
Answer: Get a sponsor at Eplexity.  The sponsor is someone who is responsible for your 90 day journey to AWS Solutions Architect - Associate.  He or she will check in, monitor your WBT pace and help you with any questions.  Contact us here to get a sponsor and we will contact you on how to provision you into our Web Based Training Platform. 

Question: What is the Amazon Web Services Architect Associate Certificate?
Answer: The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. Exam concepts you should understand for this exam include:

  • Designing and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS
  • Lift and shift of an existing on-premises application to AWS
  • Ingress and egress of data to and from AWS
  • Selecting the appropriate AWS service based on data, compute, database, or security requirements
  • Identifying appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices
  • Estimating AWS costs and identifying cost control mechanisms

Question: If I have a technical background, but do not have any Amazon Web Services experience what is the best way to prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate Test?
Answer: Eplexity has had several pass the past using UDEMY.com.  Search for Cloud Guru. Course is AWS Solutions Architect - Associate.

Question: What is the best book to buy if I want to use as a reference guide for the AWS Solutions Architect Test - Associate?
Answer: You can find it here on Amazon. 

Question: How much time does is it take to study, prep and take the Solutions Architect - Associate Test?
Answer: We think its the following: No Experience with AWS but have technical aptitude. Its 160 Hrs, of Cloud GURU videos, sample test and then scheduling for final test. Some technical experience and have other professional certifications. Its 80 Hrs, of Cloud GURU videos, sample test and then scheduling for final test.

Question: Do you pay for a UDEMY account or the Amazon Book?
Answer: It cheap - like $70 for the course, $40 for the Book.  So no. We assume you have $120 dollars to spend on your Career >:). Its cheaper than college.

Question: Do you pay for the Official Test of $150? 
Answer: Yes. We do pay for the test and will help you schedule this under our account for AWS Solutions Architect - Associate.