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AWS Drops Pre-Requisites to their Certification Exams – Good or Bad?

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Christophe LimpalairChristophe Limpalair

AWS recently announced that they are dropping pre-requisites for their certification exams. What does this mean, and is it a good thing or a bad thing?

AWS currently has multiple certification exams that people can take, at the Foundational, Associate, and Professional (+ Specialty) levels. Up until this update which, was announced on October 11th, 2018, people had to take and pass Associate level certifications before even attempting a Professional level certification exam. And even before attempting a Specialty certification exam, candidates had to also have passed a Foundational or Associate certification exam.

After this update, people won’t have to pass and hold any of those Foundational or Associate level certifications before attempting the Professional or Specialty level exams.

AWS says they did this based on customer feedback asking for more flexibility, that the changes are going into effect starting on October 11th, 2018, and that candidates will be able to register for any of the exams by the end of the month.

Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?

Here’s what the community thinks:

Community thoughts on AWS changing exam requirements


Comments from community regarding AWS exam requirements changes


Community comments on AWS exam requirements changes


Comments regarding AWS pre-requisites changes

OK – maybe I just added that last screenshot because it warms my heart 😉


Here’s my take on it:

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