Get AWS Certified: SAP on AWS – Specialty (PAS-C01)
Interested in getting AWS Certified: SAP on AWS?
In this article, we cover what you need to know and how to prepare.
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About the Exam
SAP on AWS – Specialty
The SAP on AWS – Specialty certification is available as of April 2022 (announcement).
The certification is valid for three years (recertification).
For the latest information about the certification, visit the exam page on the AWS Certification portal
The Specialty exams are amongst the more expensive. Fortunately, AWS certification benefits include a 50% off voucher for your next exam. Consider taking Cloud Practitioner and/or Solutions Architect Associate first.
Discounts are also regularly offered during events like AWS re:Invent (50% off).
AWS Partners are also eligible for discount vouchers.
As mentioned on the exam page, recommended candidates have five or more years experience working with SAP and one or more years working with SAP on AWS. It is a specialty, an add-on.
Note that these are recommendations, not requirements.
Under “working with SAP” is understood working with SAP ECC, S/4HANA, HANA, NetWeaver, etc.: SAP systems which either run on premises or the cloud. There are no questions about the SAP Business Technology Platform services or about SAP cloud applications like SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Ariba, Concur.
Those already certified as SAP BASIS or SAP HANA Admin are in great shape
- Get Certified: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration with SAP NetWeaver
- Get Certified: SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP S/4HANA System Administration
- Get Certified: SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP HANA 2.0
In addition, you need to familiar with AWS compute, storage, and networking. For this, see
- Get Certified: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-Cxx)
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-Cxx)
What you need to know is covered in the exam guide
All questions are multiple choice and you need to select the correct one (or sometimes two). Often, the answers are phrased almost identical (see Sample Questions below),which makes selecting the correct answer a lot easier if you know the difference between the solutions proposed.
Like the Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure exams (but unlike SAP’s), questions and answers are verbose. It takes a while to read all the text of the 65 questions. Remaining focused could be a challenge. Make sure you are comfortable and well rested.
How to Prepare
The exam guide mentions what you need to know but does not provide any links where you can find this documented, alas. A good place to start is the documentation portal
Most relevant are
In addition, study
Pay special attention to SAP Notes
- 1656250 – SAP on AWS: Support prerequisites
- 1656099 – SAP Applications on AWS: Supported DB/OS and AWS EC2 products
Additional reading is recommended
- AWS for SAP | blogs – focus on architectures
- SAP FAQ
- SAP HANA High Availability Cluster for the AWS Cloud | SUSE Docs
The many illustrations are helpful to distinguish Customer gateways from a VPN Gateway, NAT Gateway, Internet gateway; how subnets related to VPC and AZ, and so on.
SkillBuilder (AWS Partners)
For AWS Partners, you can take two SkillBuilder courses to prepare for the certification
|Although easier to digest than documentation, these courses are not a replacement. Most questions are sourced from the documentation and SAP Notes mentioned above. Make sure to study the docs!|
|When you pass the assessment (same questions as during the course), you are rewarded with a badge.|
For AWS partners, a training recording is available covering the material and sample questions (from the sample exam, see below).
- explore.skillbuilder.aws/learn/mycourses | AWS PartnerCast – SAP on AWS Specialty
|Although easier to digest than documentation, these trainings are not a replacement. Most questions are sourced from the documentation and SAP Notes mentioned above. Make sure to study the docs!|
To get an idea of the kind of questions to expect, you can download a PDF with sample questions (and answers) from the exam page.
In addition, you can take a sample exam (free) on AWS Skill Builder (20 questions with detailed feedback and recommended resources).
For even more sample questions, you can purchase a set of two (65 questions) from Whizlabs. You can take the exam in test or study mode (with feedback and resources).
For those with a subscription, there is learning path on the topic. Time of writing, the path is in preview, i.e. not yet complete.
|For those without a subscription, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial, which might be enough to digest the learning path content. The path includes material from other learning paths and labs, always a good way to learn.|
There are no certification guides (yet) dedicated to the topic.
For additional shared experiences, see
- Lessons from “SAP on AWS Specialty” Certification by Claudio Gutierrez
- Path to SAP on AWS Specialty Certification by ahmed yasin
- Preparing for SAP on AWS – Specialty (PAS-C01) by Rajarajeswari Kaliyaperumal
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