How I Passed the DOP-C02 AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Exam

This write-up covers the details of how I passed the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional exam.

Materials Used

To learn the material, I used Stephane Maarek’s DevOps Engineer Professional Udemy Course. I went through all the videos on 2x speed, since a majority of the videos were reused from some of his other courses, which I had already taken.

For practice questions, I used the Skill Builder AWS Exam Prep Official Practice Question Set: AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional as well as the Skill Builder Exam Prep Official Practice Exam: AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Along with these materials, I spent a lot of time building things out in the AWS Console, as I’ve found that I learn most about a service when I’m actually using it. I recreated several of Adrian Cantrill’s labs, and I found them very helpful for services I didn’t have much hands on experience with.

Total Study Time

I dedicated three weeks to study for this certification, I studied infrequently for the first 1.5 weeks, and studied a lot during the last 1.5 weeks. First 2 weeks I focused on learning the material through courses and labs. Last 3 days before the exam I went through the practice exam questions mentioned above.

Practice Exam Scores

I took the 20 question practice set first, and got a 55%. After that, I went back through all the topics I wasn’t confident on and read the AWS white papers and FAQs for each specific service. After that, I went through various labs involving the services in my AWS account to gain hands on experience.

Next, I took the 75 question Skill Builder practice exam, and I scored 840/1000. After that, I took my exam the following morning and passed!

Summary

Overall, it was a very challenging exam, but I learned a lot about AWS automation through the preparation process. The exam questions are very long, and each answer is typically technically possible, but not the best choice for what the question is asking. This requires you to know a lot about each of the services, to be able to distinguish between the minor differences. I would definitely recommend this certification for anyone who is looking to learn more about provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on AWS. If you have any questions about my experience with the exam, please reach out below.

One thought on “How I Passed the DOP-C02 AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Exam

  • Neamul
    December 19, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Lawton for sharing your valuable Expirence 👏

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