Pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification in One Week

Fast-track your AWS certification journey: Expert insights from a former AWS pro

Usman Aslam
3 min readDec 25, 2023
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Hey, fellow tech enthusiasts!

Ever dreamt of conquering the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification in just one week?

Well, buckle up because I’m here to guide you through a week-long adventure that could change your career trajectory.

Now, let me hit you with a mind-blowing stat: did you know that 90% of professionals reported an increase in salary after earning an AWS certification?

As someone who’s spent over 16 years in the tech industry, including a stint at Amazon, conducted 80 interviews at AWS, and bagged all 12 AWS certifications in a year of joining AWS, I’m here to share the secrets.

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Let’s cut to the chase and dive right in, shall we?

Day 1: Uncover the Basics

Start by immersing yourself in the foundational concepts of cloud computing. AWS offers an excellent free resource, the AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course. It’s a great way to ease into the cloud world.

Keep in mind, that to access AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials on the AWS Skillbuilder website, you’ll be prompted to log in. Ensure you’ve created an account with AWS Skillbuilder beforehand.

Day 2: Explore Cloud Services

Dive into the AWS Free Tier, which allows you to explore various cloud services without incurring charges. Understanding the practical applications of services like S3, EC2, and RDS is key to acing the exam. Check out AWS’s Free Tier offerings to get hands-on experience.

Day 3: Master the Exam Structure

To maximize your chances of success, familiarize yourself with the exam format. AWS provides the exam guide as well as sample exam questions that mirror the real certification exam. Practice makes perfect, and understanding the structure is half the battle.

Day 4: Leverage Practice Tests

Engage with practice tests to assess your knowledge and identify areas that need extra attention. Websites like Udemy and A Cloud Guru offer comprehensive practice exams. Remember, practice tests are your secret weapon for exam success.

Day 5: Immerse Yourself in Case Studies

AWS exams often include real-world scenarios. Dive into AWS’s whitepapers and case studies to understand how cloud concepts are applied in practical situations. It’s not just about theory; it’s about real-world application.

Day 6: Review and Refine

As you approach the finish line, review your notes, revisit challenging topics, and refine your understanding. The AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam Readiness course is a fantastic resource for finalizing your preparations.

Day 7: Exam Day Strategies

On the big day, keep calm, and remember your strategies. Manage your time wisely, tackle the questions you’re confident about first, and go back to the challenging ones later. And hey, don’t forget to breathe!

Pro Tip

Boost your learning by enrolling in two distinct on-demand video courses. Consider one from Udemy and another from an entirely different source. I particularly recommend a free course available on YouTube — access it here. This diverse approach enhances your understanding from multiple perspectives.

Conclusion: Celebrate Your Achievement

You did it!

Passing the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam in one week is an incredible feat.

Celebrate your achievement and proudly add this certification to your professional arsenal.

Your journey into the cloud has just begun, and the skills you’ve gained will open doors to exciting opportunities in the tech industry.

Remember, the cloud is vast, and there’s always more to explore.

Keep learning, keep growing, and let your AWS journey be a testament to your passion and dedication in the ever-evolving tech landscape.

Best of luck on your AWS certification adventure! 🚀

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Author: Usman Aslam (Director of Cloud Solutions Architecture)



Usman Aslam

Ex-Amazonian, Sr. Solutions Architect at AWS, 12x AWS Certified. ❤️ Tech, Cloud, Programming, Data Science, AI/ML, Software Development, and DevOps. Join me 🤝