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Topic # 151464 26-Aug-2014 14:27
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Hi guys, just wanted to know if there's anyway I can get an AWS certification in Auckland ? I've looked at their website but can't seem to find the exam centers in NZ. Maybe I do need a 2nd look at it but i'm at work now , so abit distracted. 

And another question, how in demand is an AWS job ? especially in the US & Canada ? Because I am planning to do some sort of working holiday there next year or 2 and I'm not sure what type of job i'll get..... (Might not even be related to IT :(

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  Reply # 1115890 26-Aug-2014 14:34
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Guy I work with from Origin got his. Mentioned lots of people contacting him after he joined the certificate AWS linkedin group.

Do you want me to ask him to get in touch?

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  Reply # 1115895 26-Aug-2014 14:42
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I'm fairly sure AMES IT Academy in Auckland and WIT in Wellington are Kryterion test centres, so can probably assist with sitting these exams. You may need to book through Kryterion online, I'm not sure.




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  Reply # 1115896 26-Aug-2014 14:43
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This page:
http://aws.amazon.com/certification/?tag=viglink20301-20
suggest the exams are run by Kryterion.  AMES IT  looks to be their Auckland testing centre:
http://kryteriononline.com/locate-test-center/



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  Reply # 1115898 26-Aug-2014 14:47
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wasabi2k: Guy I work with from Origin got his. Mentioned lots of people contacting him after he joined the certificate AWS linkedin group.

Do you want me to ask him to get in touch?


Yes please :)

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  Reply # 1115899 26-Aug-2014 14:47
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First, moved to correct forum (why folks don't create in right forum?)

Second, interesting you asked this today... Here is what landed in my inbox:


Bespoke Training Services today announced it has been named the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Authorised Training Partner for New Zealand, after successful rollout of AWS training in Australia. Courses offered through Bespoke Training Services are designed to help deliver cloud-based solutions using the AWS platform, and realise the cost savings and efficiencies the cloud can enable in an organisation.

To coincide with this announcement, Bespoke is highlighting its Spring AWS Training Schedule for IT professionals slated for September in Auckland, and November in Wellington and Christchurch. These hands-on, intimate, instructor-led technical seminars will be delivered by highly qualified AWS trainers.

“As an important complement to the online resources offered by Amazon Web Services, instructor-led sessions offer IT decision makers and technology professionals the opportunity to become more familiar with AWS capabilities through immersive, hands-on exercises,” said Trent Rosenthal, Director, Bespoke Training Services.

“The face-to-face training from an AWS expert is valuable, as is the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any challenges you may be facing in your own implementation of Amazon Web Services,” said Rosenthal.

AWS instructor-led training sessions help those using the AWS platform to deepen their cloud expertise, with targeted and role-specific training. As well as working towards recognition of their skillset through AWS certification, trainees will become more proficient with the AWS platform, enabling them to more effectively and efficiently design, build, deploy, monitor and scale available, efficient and secure applications on behalf of their organisations and clients.

Upcoming Training Sessions

AWS Essentials

 

  • Auckland 9 September 2014
  • Christchurch 25 November 2014
  • Wellington 25 November 2014

Architecting on AWS

 

  • Auckland 10-12 September 2014
  • Christchurch 26-28 November 2014
  • Wellington 26-28 November 2014

Who Should Attend?

The AWS Essentials course is designed for business leaders and technology professionals who need assistance making cloud decisions and / or an introduction to Amazon Web Services, or those seeking first level training to support implementation of the AWS platform. AWS experience is not required.
Architecting on AWS is designed for Solutions Architects and other technology professionals seeking to gain a deeper understanding of AWS services so they can level-up their usage of the platform and stay ahead of the pack. The technical seminar will teach attendees how to design scalable, elastic, secure and highly-available applications on AWS.




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  Reply # 1116042 26-Aug-2014 18:13
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I'm studying for the Amazon certified solution architect. I read a basics book, I'm going through a video course, and I'm reading the documentation on my kindle. There's a lot of ground to cover, but seems straightforward enough.




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  Reply # 1116263 27-Aug-2014 09:23
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timmmay: I'm studying for the Amazon certified solution architect. I read a basics book, I'm going through a video course, and I'm reading the documentation on my kindle. There's a lot of ground to cover, but seems straightforward enough.


Sounds awesome. Can you link me to the video courses ? Also the documentation is just from http://aws.amazon.com/documentation/ right ? And what about the books ? Don't have a kindle. 

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  Reply # 1116341 27-Aug-2014 11:17
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AWS for dummies was surprisingly good. CBT Nuggets, one, two. If you read the book you don't need the first video set. There are heaps of white papers, model architectures, etc. I'm told Cloud Academy is also worthwhile.

This is for the SA track, not dev. Yes reading the docs you linked to, also the kindle book versions which aren't as good as the online docs, but are easier to read offline.




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  Reply # 1168875 4-Nov-2014 21:26
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Ok so I passed, with a very high score. I'm now an AWS Certified Solution Architect - associate level. I have to say after the study I did (10 weeks self study) it was trivially easy - but I did read pretty much all the documentation for the core services and a lot of the other services too. I may do the professional level, I'm pretty sure I'm most of the way there, not sure if there's the market in NZ to bother.




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  Reply # 1169012 5-Nov-2014 08:37
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Thanks! If anyone needs AWS advice I'm happy to help, I have a fairly good knowledge of the whole platform.




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