The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C02) exam is designed for individuals with a broad understanding of the AWS Cloud, regardless of their specific job roles. The exam assesses candidates on various topics, including:
- Cloud Concepts (24% of scored content):
- Define the benefits of the AWS Cloud.
- Identify design principles of the AWS Cloud.
- Understand the benefits of and strategies for migration to the AWS Cloud.
- Understand concepts of cloud economics.
- Security and Compliance (30% of scored content):
- Understand the AWS shared responsibility model.
- Understand AWS Cloud security, governance, and compliance concepts.
- Identify AWS access management capabilities.
- Identify components and resources for security.
- Cloud Technology and Services (34% of scored content):
- Define methods of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud.
- Define the AWS global infrastructure.
- Identify AWS compute services.
- Identify AWS database services.
- Identify AWS network services.
- Identify AWS storage services.
- Identify AWS artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML), and analytics services.
- Identify services from other in-scope AWS service categories.
- Billing, Pricing, and Support (12% of scored content):
- Compare AWS pricing models.
- Understand resources for billing, budget, and cost management.
- Identify AWS technical resources and AWS Support options.
The exam contains 50 questions that affect your score and 15 unscored questions. The passing score is 700 out of a possible 1000. Your results are reported as a scaled score.
The CLF-C02 exam includes some additional content compared to the previous CLF-C01 exam, particularly in migration strategies, AWS Cloud Adoption Framework, and other new services and features. It also places more emphasis on the Security and Compliance domain.
The exam is designed for individuals with up to 6 months of exposure to AWS Cloud, including those from non-IT backgrounds who are beginning their AWS Cloud careers. The CLF-C02 exam is the most up-to-date version of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam as of September 19, 2023.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.
AWS CCP is a great way to learn the very, very basics of what the cloud is.
If you're a technical person, skip this cert.
If you work (or want to work) in IT, skip it.
Go directly to System Architect Associate.
If you work in Sales or HR, this is the cert for you.
It will teach the names of services and what they do. You'll learn what the engineers are talking about when talking about S3 buckets and why an ACL needs to be set up correctly. This is not intended to make you an expert on any one system nor is it meant to provide functional knowledge. You're getting a sales pitch into the AWS world sufficient that you can talk to customers about what services your company will be providing. For example, you'll learn what a server is and how AWS implements servers. You'll then learn what serverless means and how AWS implements that.
Coming from a highly technical background, this certification took me about 2 days total. Skim the material and learn the AWS terms for standard features (elastic IP is a public IP, gotcha).
If you're not coming from a technical background, you'll spend some time learning what ports are, what IP addresses are, and so on.
This does, at the time of writing, give a coupon for your next AWS so maybe it pays for itself.