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How valuable are the AWS certs, particularly Solutions Architect? Is it only valuable if you get the Pro certification (instead of just associate)? What about the AWS Specialties like Security or ML? My employer pays for them but considers them simply nice-to-haves. I suspect this might be normal? I’ve only heard of recruiters fawning over CISSP.

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Any certification without experience is not useful at mid-senior level. However, the junior staff benefit from certs.

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I suspected as much, thanks!

The Associate level ones have been nice to have as an analyst. They played a part in my promotion as well as my exit (though some recruiters did want to see work experience and not just certs). If you already have work experience, I'd think the goal is SA Pro with associate as a stepping stone.

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Good advice, thank you

+1 to Accenture 1’s point. Have multiple AWS certs at associate, professional, and specialty levels. Would recommend looking into Adrian Cantrill’s learning content and philosophy on certs. Never hurts to have them.

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Good pointer, never heard of that before. Thanks!

Recruiters are more likely to fawn over Pro certs. Associate, I assume the person is interested and tinkering. Cloud prac, I assume they were forced to. Specialty, I assume they are a bit of a specialist and have built something. If you have specialty cert but haven’t built anything, I’m going to be suspicious

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Lol @ cloud practitioner, it is definitely a manager-driven cert

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