Memo of AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty (ANS-C00)

Memo of AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty (ANS-C00)

Takahiro Iwasa
(岩佐 孝浩)
Takahiro Iwasa (岩佐 孝浩)
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AWS Certification

I have successfully passed AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty (ANS-C00) exam. I will be sharing some tips on how to obtain this certification.

AWS Skill before Taking Exam

I have already passed the following exams and have been using AWS for years in my daily work. My main career has been built on application development, so I have no experience on designing large networks.

DateExam
Mar. 2017Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C00)
Dec. 2019Solutions Architect - Professional (SAP-C01)
Jan. 2020DevOps Engineer - Professional (DOP-C01)
Jan. 2020Big Data - Specialty (BDS-C00)
Feb. 2020Security - Specialty (SCS-C01)

Preparation

I began learning just after passing Security - Specialty, and made a plan to take the exam in February 2020.

Taking Exam

I took the exam on February 15th and successfully passed with 80% of correct answers.

Overall Score: 80%

Topic Level Scoring:
1.0. Design and implement hybrid IT network architectures at scale: 58%
2.0. Design and implement AWS networks: 79%
3.0. Automate AWS tasks: 100%
4.0. Configure network integration with application services: 86%
5.0. Design and implement for security and compliance: 100%
6.0. Manage, optimize, and troubleshoot the network: 86%

Impression

ExamVolumeDifficulty
Solutions Architect - Professional55
DevOps Engineer - Professional44
Advanced Networking - Specialty33
Big Data - Specialty33
Security - Specialty32

Reference Materials

Blog

Jayendra’s Blog

This was an excellent resource for understanding the exam topics. The content is well-organized, and I recommend following this guide from start to finish on your learning path.

AWS Official Documentation

Practice Tests

WhizLabs - AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty

I could not find any materials on Udemy, so used this. To be honest, I thought that it was not well-organized, had numerous typos and contained grammatical errors, which made it difficult to use.

Conclusion

The exam was difficult for me because it requires a lot of unfamiliar knowledge, especially regarding Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). If your career has been built on networking, it may be easier to pass.

Takahiro Iwasa
(岩佐 孝浩)

Takahiro Iwasa (岩佐 孝浩)

Software Developer at iret, Inc.
Architecting and developing cloud native applications mainly with AWS. Japan AWS Top Engineers 2020-2023