Amazon Web Services is opening up its certification program to a wider pool of applicants as it makes the exam for DevOps engineers public.
The accreditation aimed toward AWS Certified Developers and SysOps Administrators first popped up in November.
Officially labeled as "AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional," the ranking attests to an engineer's technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform.
While making the exam process publicly accessible, AWS is also awarding the first batch of DevOps certifications to those applicants who have already successfully completed the beta exam.
Attendees of Amazon's annual re:Invent developer summit in Las Vegas last November were among the first to be eligible to take the exam. The initial examination period ran through mid-December.
Amazon first launched its Global Certification Program in 2013, offering extra visibility points for both IT professionals and AWS itself. The program is comprised of several tests focused on brainstorming, deploying and managing applications on the AWS platform.
The first in the series, dubbed the "AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level" certification, covers the design and development of applications on AWS.
In May 2014, AWS started granting authorization for the use of an "AWS Certified" logo on business materials.
Before making the leap to DevOps Engineer accreditation, test takers must first be certified as an "AWS Certified Developer - Associate" or "AWS CertifiedSysOps Administrator - Associate."
Engineers are also expected to have several years of experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments on top of prior experience developing code in at least one high-level programming language, among other qualifications listed by AWS.
Exam guides, a practice exam, and scheduling an exam are all available now through Amazon's online certification hub.