If you have little practical previous knowledge as a user with AWS, you should definitely complete the certification as AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. This training gives an overview of all available AWS services and shows others that you are fundamentally familiar with the products. This certification is not only intended for IT professionals: people from areas other than IT can also use it to demonstrate their knowledge of AWS products. For the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification, you should have gained experience with AWS for at least 6 months.
If you have this basic knowledge, you should choose one of the next certifications according to the diagram if you want to delve deeper into the administration of Amazon Web Services. If you come from classic system administration, the path to AWS Solutions Architect is recommended. A classic software developer, on the other hand, should rather opt for certification as an AWS DevOps Enginner.
The associate levels are the entry-level programs and prepare AWS users for the difficult professional certifications. AWS recommends at least a year of hands-on experience as a cloud practitioner before attempting associate certification. During this time, however, you should also have worked intensively with various AWS services.
If you have passed one or more associate certifications, you should take a closer look at the details of the task fields stored in the learning path. Only then should you start a professional certification (AWS recommends at least two years of experience). You can make good use of this “waiting time” by working on one of the special fields.