AWS SysOps Associate Exam Preparation Materials

by Daniel Pham
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AWS SysOps Associate Exam Study Material. In this article, I would like to share with you some resources for preparing for the AWS SysOps Associate certification.

The AWS SysOps Associate certification is currently one of the popular certifications provided by AWS. In the current landscape (2021), the cloud/DevOps field is highly essential, making it advantageous to obtain AWS certifications.

This article primarily lists some useful study materials for exam preparation. For those who want to explore more about AWS certifications, please refer to the link provided here.

AWS Account

Yes, this is the first and indeed an essential step. If you intend to prepare for the AWS SysOps Associate certification, having an AWS account is a definite necessity.

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This account serves the purpose of providing you with a real-world experience of Amazon’s services. To pass the certification, simply reading the theory is not sufficient; you need to practice extensively.

You can register for an AWS account with this link. By default, with a new account, AWS will provide you with some basic services (under the Free tier) free of charge for 12 months. The Free tier allows you to experience many AWS services without incurring costs. Please note that after trying out a service, remember to delete it, as otherwise, you may end up with significant charges.

Practice AWS Labs

In addition to trying out AWS services, you can also engage in AWS labs on various online platforms.

For instance, you can use This is one of the popular platforms for lab exercises. Please note that practical hands-on experience is crucial; it helps you retain information better and discern real-world scenarios accurately.

Qwiklabs is a paid platform, and you can find their pricing details here.

Ebook to prepare for the AWS SysOps Associate exam

AWS SysOps Associate Exam Preparation Materials
AWS SysOps Associate exam preparation materials.

And of course you need books to study. I will share with you two books to study:

  • “AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Study Guide: Associate (SOA-C01) Exam 2nd Edition” by authors Sara Perrott and Brett McLaughlin. You can download it here.
  • “AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Practice Tests: Associate SOA-C01 Exam 1st Edition”by authors Sara Perrott and Ben Piper. You can download the book at this link.

Online course for AWS SysOps Associate

You can sign up for a few online courses to make it easier to access AWS. Through instructional videos, you can grasp problems faster.

I will list some popular courses below.

The courses above all have fees, but compared to the amount of knowledge you learn, they are well worth it, only about 12-20$.

Additionally, you can watch free videos on Youtube. This is a relatively instructive channel, even though the knowledge is in 2017, it is still valuable for reference.


I have listed some documents so you can study and prepare for the exam. Maybe in the future I will also take the AWS certification exam. It’s a bit “embarrassing” because even though I’ve worked with AWS for a long time, I don’t have any certification yet (I’m quite busy, hehe).

(This is an article from my old blog that has been inactive for a long time, I don’t want to throw it away so I will keep it and hope it helps someone).

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