AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam is the upgraded pattern of the previous Solution Architect – Professional exam which was released last year (2018) and upgraded this year. I recently passed the latest pattern and difference is quite a lot between the previous pattern and the latest pattern. The amount of overlap between the associates and professional exams and even the Solutions Architect and DevOps has drastically reduced.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam basically validates

  • Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS
  • Select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements
  • Migrate complex, multi-tier applications on AWS
  • Design and deploy enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS
  • Implement cost-control strategies

Refer to AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Exam Guide

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Summary

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam was for a total of 170 minutes but it had 75 questions. The questions and answers options are quite long and there is a lot of reading that needs to be done, so be sure you are prepared and manage your time well. As always, mark the questions for review and move on and come back to them after you are done with all.
  • One of the key tactic I followed when solving any question was to read the question and use paper and pencil to draw a rough architecture and focus on the areas that you need to improve. Trust me, you will be able eliminate 2 answers for sure and then need to focus on only the other two. Read the other 2 answers to check the difference area and that would help you reach to the right answer or atleast have a 50% chance of getting it right.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) focuses a lot on concepts and services related to Scalability, High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Migration, Security and Cost Control.
  • Be sure to cover the following topics
    • Analytics
      • Understand Kinesis
        • Understand the difference between Kinesis Data Streams and Kinesis Firehose
      • Know Amazon Elasticsearch provides a managed solution
    • Integration Tools
      • Understand SQS in terms of loose coupling and scaling.
      • Know how CloudWatch integration with SNS and Lambda can help in notification

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Resources

77 thoughts on “AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

  1. Thank you Jay. I strictly followed your instructions and I have passed the SAP exam. It’s not easy, to read all whitepapers, to learn from 100-hour videos, to do hands-on experiments and to do quizzes. But hey, you gave me the correct direction. It is said genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration. Trust Jay, and get your hands dirty. ^_^

  2. Jay your post was a god sent! it really helped me fine tune my focus on the last week of the exam! I pleased to say I passed SAP-C01 yesterday. Time management and keeping your cool is key to passing this exam. You can’t afford to get stuck on a question for more then 2 mins. Both Linux Academy Adrian’s course and Braincert were a big help!

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Hi Jayant,
    Thanks for the blog …Could you please provide what needs to be read for the point “ElasticBeantalk with respect to Migration ” ?

    Thanks in Advance.

    1. From the migration perspective, it is mainly what service would you use to move applications from on-premises to AWS.

      1. Hi Jayendra ,
        Appreciate your response . But would you please provide an example of what you mean by “mainly what service would you use to move applications from on-premises to AWS”.
        Any aws documentation link would be really helpful. Have to take my exam on 30th Sep. I have already gone through Zeal Vora course and its content related to Elastic Beanstalk.

        Thanks in Advance.

        1. Hi Gaurav,

          Its mostly selection of Services based on applications. Like package the application as docker and host it on Elastic Beanstalk OR if the application is java, node.js which is already support by EB so thats an easy choice for answer.

  4. As per the review of course: DolfinEd AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional 2019 course,
    it doesn’t have much hand’s on. Also i read this certification require a lot of hand’s on. Can you recommend any hand’s on course.

    1. DolfinEd does not have a hands-on lab. For that you have to go for courses from Linux Academy or ACloud Guru which provide hands on labs on actual AWS.
      Professional exam is too vast and concepts are more deep which can be done more from actual experience rather than hands on labs. I feel if you do have the experience, its more theoretically deep.

  5. How do you feel about Braincert verse Whizlabs? I’ve been taking the Braincert exams, but I’ve seen a couple questions referring to NAT instances, which seems pretty out of date, however, Braincert also has all of the questions I saw on the official AWS Practice exam Is Braincert still closer to the actual exam than Whizlabs?

  6. Could someone confirm that the sample questions on AWS’s site for the Pro exam, as seen today Sept 2019, have answers 1C, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5D, 6B ? I don’t see an answer key to double-check my answers. Thank you!

  7. Hello Jayendra,

    Can you help me answer some practice questions? I’m a bit confused with some of them. I’m willing to pay the $50/hour

  8. Hi Jayendra,

    How much score do we need to have in braincert before we appear on the actual exam ?

    I’ve got a score of just 60 in 1st try on two of the exams with 2.5 months of preparation

    I’ve referred DolphinEd, LA both in my preparation.

    I scored in 70s in Jon Bonso exam so feel Braincert are tougher than Jon Bonso.

    In actual practice exam of AWS of 20questions I scored 50%


  9. Thanks Jayendra. I’ve passed the exam. I scored a decent 80% with ” Meets Competencies” in all the 5 domains.

    I would say real time experience and lots of handson were the key for passing this tough exam.

    New CSA PRO exam is putting lot of emphasis on serverless, so how the integration works between these services (besides older services) should be understood well in order to ACE the exam.


  10. Hi Jayendra,
    Good Evening.
    I am Jagadish, aspiring for AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional.

    Have you attended any online/classroom for this?
    If you know, can you please provide me the details?

    Jagadish Chawandi

  11. Hi Jayendra,

    As per your suggestions I have gone with Braincert practice exams. But I have found that there are multiple questions repeated in every practice exam sets. Also, I have found that the same question set on other tutorials with very less amount. And on Braincert there is no support system where you can raise your request about the same.
    Now my money has stuck there and i have no choice to get that refuend.

    1. Hi Suraj, i think you should out to the team. I have not found duplicate exam questions and found the support email quite responsive unless its year end holidays.

  12. Hello Jayendra,
    I have passed my associate exam with the help of your details blogs.

    Can you please share the link for professional exams too if you have any, I have gone through the exam guide and your instructions however your blogs would always help, especially Q & A section.

    Please send the link for those blogs for SCP exam


    1. hi amit, all the links are available in the post and on the landing page for all exams. Let us know if you need any other help.

  13. Hi Jayendra … would you recommend aCloudguru course over the DolfinEd course for taking this exam? I already did SAA in 2018 Feb and have experience of around 2 years as AWS Cloud engineer. Now the company wants me to appear for the pro exam due to APN requirements. Which course should I purchase for my study?

  14. And on Braincert there is no support system where you can raise your request about the same
    I wanted to correct this, this is not true at all. If you flag a question that will get back to you. I’ve corresponded with them a lot.

    1. Hi Vinod,

      Can you please tell about the topics which were asked more in the exam and also the resources you used to prepare for exam

    2. Hi Vinod,

      congrats on aws pro cert.

      Can you please tell about the topics which were asked more in the exam and also the resources you used to prepare for exam


  15. Hi Jayendra,
    I have passed the SAA with 909 score. I don’t have AWS experience, would it be good idea going for Pro exam? I am pursuing these certifications to get into AWS SA role…

    This is kind of vicious circle… No AWS experience=> No AWS job and No AWS job => No AWS experience. How to break this?

    Any inputs?


    1. AWS Pro would really give you a deep dive into working with multiple services and how they integrate in an architecture, which SA-Associate does not.
      It would also help you in interviews, so you can take a chance.

  16. I cleared my AWS CSA Pro exam on last week. Your content helped to refresh during last minute to clear the exam easily. Many Thanks.

  17. Hello Jayendra,
    Which course would suggest Dolphin ED or Linux Academy – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional.
    I would really appreciate your help and advise.
    I just passed AWS solution architect associate few hours ago.
    I do have Dolphin ED for CSA which was good but I have seen people pointing to Linux Academy due to labs.
    Please help.

  18. Hey Jayendra, I prepared for SAP pro exam for 2 months now, already have watched Stephane course and wrote 4 Jon bonso mock and 2 mocks from braincert, I ended up scoring 50 to 65 percent in all the exams, if I write the original exam is my result gonna be similar to the mocks?.

    1. you should target atleast 80%. Also practice all that you can and make sure you get the concepts for both the right and wrong answers.

  19. Hi Jayendra,

    I always appreciate your blogs great work Thank you as well for the work and help you doing to learners.

    Have question, I am planning to start preparation for AWS SA Pro.
    By any chance services like Machine Learning, IoT , Developer tools , customer engagement can come in exam.


    1. Hi Ankit, SA-Pro does not cover ML, Big Data, Security or Network in detail. But there might be services which you need to know for the exam.

  20. hi jay,

    is there any coupon code for dolfined course of AWS SA – Prof. on udemy. the link given is not applying the code.


  21. Hello Jayendra,

    I have cleared the associate course last year now looking for professional,

    which course i should go for

    DolfinEd AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional course [Recommended]
    Stephane Maarek – Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional 2020
    Linux Academy – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

    I have bought the DolfinEd associate last time but similar to this it was quite lengthy videos. it was big struggle to finish all and remember it. Not sure this is the right and the better choice now for professional.

  22. Jayendra Patil, Good morning!. I remember the coupon code used to bring the DolfinEd CSAA Professional course to some $64 in the past and now with coupon code JCSAPMAY , the price is $88.99. IS that correct or do we have a better code? I appreciate for your response.


  23. JCSAPMAY is giving some discounts but in April/May I remember seeing a coupon that used to bring down the price to $66 or so. Can I have he best Coupon please?

    1. Hi Ganesh, the price was increased i think after the recent update to the course. Let me check with the team.

  24. Hi Jayendra,

    Do you have any SA-Prof exam practices recommendations in BrainCert? Do you have any exam coupons?

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