Introduced: New AWS Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03)!

2024-01-16 07:32:11 SPOTO Club AWS 690

Introduced: New AWS Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03)!

AWS has just announced an update to what can be considered their most popular certification, the AWS Certified Solutions. 

It's not surprising that the SAA-C02 certification is being upgraded because it was made freely accessible on March 23, 2020, or almost two years ago. In the past two years, AWS has changed and innovated at a tremendous rate. The certification will continue to demonstrate its value to organizations and consumers by being updated to reflect the newest services, features, and best practices.

I assume that many of you have a variety of questions, some of which may be as follows:

  • I'm currently studying for the current SAA-C02 exam. Can I still take it?
  • Would my recently passed SAA-C02 still be valid, or will I need to retake the test?
  • When will the new exam be available?
  • What has changed?
  • There are lab questions in the AWS SysOps Administrator certification exam; will there be any of those?
  • Where can I find the updated study material for this test?
  • Where can I obtain additional details about this test?

So let me respond to each of these for you.


I'm currently studying for the current SAA-C02 exam. Can I still take it?

The short answer is "yes," without a doubt! I advise continuing your preparation for the AWS SAA-C02 exam if you have already begun. You have plenty of time to complete your coursework because the SAA-C02 exam can no longer be taken after August 29, 2022.

Keeping that in mind, you still have time to study and pass the exam if you wish to take it but haven't begun studying yet. This depends on your level of experience, effort, and determination. Find our learning route if you're looking for study materials and instructions for the SAA-C02.

Would my recently passed SAA-C02 still be valid, or will I need to retake the test?

When AWS releases an updated certification, this is a legitimate concern. You may have recently spent months studying for an exam only to learn that AWS will be revising it soon. The good news is that you DO NOT need to retake the revised certification exam to maintain your qualifications.

The recently upgraded certification does not require retaking. Even if you passed the AWS SAA-C02 test on the final day it was offered (August 29, 2022), the validity of your exam is still good for three years after that date. The certification version is not included in the certificate or digital badge you receive after passing the exam.

When will the new exam be available?

The new test, known as AWS SAA-C03, will be offered to start on August 30, 2022. On the other hand, if you want to be among the first, you can book your exam beginning on July 26, 2022, when registration opens.

What has changed?

There are some changes after comparing the SAA-C02 and SAA-C03 exam guides, but there is also a lot of material from the SAA-C02 that is repeated. Nevertheless, it does refer to some of the newest services and features offered by current services.

Domain 1 of SAA-C03: Create Secure Architectures

Since designing safe access to AWS resources is a significant focus, a thorough understanding of AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM) is necessary. AWS Single Sign-On, Security Token Service, AWS Control Tower, and Service Control Policies should also be familiar to you.

In addition to a thorough understanding of VPC security policies, it also examines how to secure workloads and applications. This will test your comprehension and familiarity with services like Amazon Cognito, Amazon GuardDuty and Amazon Macie, AWS Shield, AWS WAF, and AWS Secrets Manager.

SAA-C03 Domain 2: Create Resilient Buildings

This domain focuses on two key areas:

  • How to create architectures that are scalable and loosely connected
  • How to Design Fault Tolerance and Highly Available Architectures

Design High-Performance Architectures, SAA-C03 Domain 3

In contrast to the SAA-C02, this domain adds a new component that examines identifying high-performing data input and transformation solutions. This means that services like Amazon Athena, AWS Lake Formation, Amazon QuickSight, AWS DataSync, AWS Storage Gateway, AWS Glue, Amazon EMR, and Amazon Kinesis will be the main focus.

Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (SAA-C03 Domain 4)

The last domain concentrates on the same four resource types—storage, computing, databases, and networking—and how to optimize costs at various levels following various requirements. Additionally, you must be familiar with multiple AWS cost management tools, including Cost Explorer, AWS Budgets, and AWS Cost and use reports.


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