Validate your AWS Cloud Knowledge with AWS Learning Knowledge Badges

Validate your AWS Cloud Knowledge with AWS Learning Knowledge Badges

Display your cloud computing skills and accomplishments with AWS digital badges earned through free digital training on AWS SkillBuilder.

Ted Trentler
Amazon Employee
Published Jan 10, 2024
As cloud computing continues its rapid growth, employees with AWS cloud skills are in increasingly high demand. A great way to validate—and showcase— your knowledge of AWS services is through digital badges offered by AWS Training and Certification.
Basically, a digital badge is a way for you to publicly demonstrate (like on your LinkedIn profile, resume, or email signature), that you’ve developed a skill, passed an assessment, or even earned an AWS Certification. AWS uses Credly's digital credentials platform which allows you to share and verify your AWS certifications and other achievements. For example, once you pass an official AWS Certification exam, you can claim a digital badge which includes details like the certification name, date achieved, and expiration.
In addition to certification badges, AWS currently offers 18+ free digital badges earned through our self-paced online learning center, AWS Skill Builder.
What I really like about digital badges is that they link back to your credential details on Credly, so anyone can verify that you have, in fact, earned the certification or badge. As the AWS cloud continues rapid adoption, digital badges provide a simple yet secure method to highlight your AWS cloud knowledge.
Interested in compute? Storage? Machine Learning? As you complete free AWS Skill Builder lessons and assessments, you’ll earn badges in these topics and many more. Although not as prestigious or rigorous as earning an AWS Certification (which also award Credly badges), these learning badges demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to learning AWS services. And, if you’re thinking about taking a certification exam, earning a digital badge in the subject area could be a fun way to get started for free and with no risk. There is no charge for a learning badge knowledge assesment, and you can retake an assessment if you don’t do well on it.
Four steps:
  1. Register - Go to https://skillbuilder.aws and create a free account.
  2. Enroll – Search for the term "Knowledge Badge" and you will see all the available learning tracks. There is a wide selection here, including foundational topics like Cloud Practitioner, intermediate topics like storage and serverless compute, as well as more advanced topics including machine learning and quantum computing.
    screen shot of Knowledge Badge Readiness Path selections. Illustrating that there are multiple track
  3. Complete the course and pass the free knowledge assessment.
If you’re new to the cloud, a great place to get started is the Cloud Essentials Knowledge Badge Readiness Path. This is a set of 5 free courses and a knowledge assement that you can take at any time. Once you pass the free learning assessment, you’ve earned a Badge! Additionally, many people have reported being able to pass the Cloud Practitioner certification exam after using this learning material.
Screenshot showing the SkillBuilder website content for the Cloud Essentials Knowledge Path
You can add additional leaning paths to dive deeper into subjects you may need more help with.
I recently finished up the block storage learning path. Although I’ve already obtained the Solutions Architect Professional Certification, I’m happy to report that I learned new things about Amazon S3. These digital classes dive deep. Next up, I’m looking to learn more about block storage with this learning path.

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One of my favorite movies is “Ready Player One”. I like it because of all the Easter eggs mentioned throughout the movie. In that vein, since you’ve made it this far in the post, I’ll share some badge related Easter Eggs.
There are two storage bonus badges that you can achieve only by obtaining other knowledge badges.
Illustration of storage knowledge badges
The Storage Core badge is earned by obtaining the Block Storage, File Storage, and Object Storage Badges. Add on the Storage Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Badge with the Storage Data Migration Badge, and you’ll be awarded the elusive Storage Technologist badge.

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