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AWS Certified Database - Specialty Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Chad Smith

Get the edge you need to take the AWS Certified Database - Specialty exam. In this two-day course you will get targeted training on the topics covered in Amazon’s AWS Certified Database - Specialty exam. This training course is designed to walk you through the topics covered in the exam so you have the knowledge you need to pass the test. The training follows the exam question domains with specific content to maximize chances of achieving certification. The author, Chad Smith, an experienced AWS Architect will share his extensive knowledge of the AWS Certified Database - Specialty materials so you are prepared and confident on test day.

AWS Certifications are among the most sought-after in the technology sector, and the certification exams cover a wide range of services, technologies, and implementation patterns.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • The services and features that are covered on the Certified Database - Specialty exam
  • How to select AWS database services based on requirements and scenarios
  • Recognize tradeoffs between different implementation patterns
  • Migration strategies from existing AWS databases or on-premises deployments
  • How to manage database operations and maintenance using best practices
  • Implementation of database monitoring infrastructure and how to troubleshoot common issues
  • Optimization strategies and the associated tradeoffs
  • How to secure a database solution, including the database service and the data itself
  • How to audit a database deployment and recognize security vulnerabilities

This training course is for you because...

  • Anyone studying for the AWS Certified Database exam
  • AWS Solution Architects
  • AWS Database Architects
  • AWS Database Administrators
  • AWS SysOps professionals
  • AWS Security professionals
  • This course is for intermediate to advanced students


Basic understanding of AWS database services. To get this knowledge you can watch the following videos:

Strong working knowledge of database technologies, including architecture and operations:

Recommended Preparation

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith has worked in IT for 25 years, starting out as a Linux administrator, progressing through operations, network and security in various roles. He is now the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. Chad is a Certified Architect for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. He brings a wealth of personal experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design, cloud operations and cloud security. He holds current AWS certifications in Architecture, SysOps, Security and Networking, as well as Google Professional Cloud Architect and Associate Cloud Engineer credentials.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Introduction - 30m

  • Exam Guide
  • Exam Logistics

Workload-Specific Database Design - 70m

  • Database Service Summary
  • DR and HA Design
  • Database Service Comparisons and Tradeoffs

Break – 10 mins

Deployment and Migration - 50m

  • Database Deployment Automation
  • Migration Strategies
  • Migration Execution and Validation

Q&A - 10m

Day 2

Management and Operations - 60m

  • Maintenance Tasks and Processes
  • Backup and Restore Strategies

Break – 10 mins

Monitoring and Troubleshooting - 50m

  • Monitoring and Alerting Strategies
  • Troubleshooting Common Issues
  • Performance Optimization

Break – 10 mins

Database Security - 50m

  • Data Encryption
  • Auditing For Vulnerabilities
  • Access Control and Authentication

Q&A - 10m