Studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect: Associate Exam (SAA-C01)

Study Guides

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Study Guide: Associate SAA-C01 Exam 2nd Edition ($30) by David Clinton and myself covers more than you need to know to pass the exam. If you don’t believe me, just click the link and look at the reviews on Amazon.

If you are fairly new to AWS, you’re better off starting with the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide: CLF-C01 Exam, also by David Clinton and yours truly. Even if you don’t plan to take the entry-level Cloud Practitioner exam, this book will give you a solid foundation on which to build.

Both study guides include hundreds of assessment questions and answers as well as online access.

Video Courses

The following courses are on Pluralsight. In addition to videos, you get exercise files so that you can follow along with the demonstrations, access to discussion boards, and graded assessments. If you’re not a subscriber, you can still take advantage of a 10-day free trial. After that it’s $35/month or $299/year.

If you don’t have a solid networking background, you may find AWS networking a bit confusing. To get you up to speed, I’ve created three AWS networking deep-dive courses:

AWS Networking Deep Dive: Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
AWS Networking Deep Dive: Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
AWS Networking Deep Dive: Route 53 DNS

The Solutions Architect: Associate exam focuses heavily on the Well-architected Framework. The following courses cover these:

Architecting for Reliability on AWS
Architecting for Security on AWS
Architecting for Performance Efficiency on AWS
Architecting for Cost on AWS
Architecting for Operational Excellence on AWS