AWS to start certifying IT employees for cloud training, expertise

Amazon Web Services (along with IT employees designing and developing on the cloud platform) are getting more official with accreditation services.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Amazon Web Services is getting a new certificate program, which is essentially designed to encourage potential customers to join the AWS Cloud.

Announced amid the latest AWS Summit tour stop on Tuesday, the certification program is aimed at IT professionals. Schedule to start becoming available later in 2013, the program will be comprised of several tests focused on designing, deploying and managing applications on the AWS platform.

The AWS Certification Exams will be held at testing centers in more than 100 countries and 750 testing locations worldwide.

Amazon will be offering training courses to help IT professionals pass these tests and earn certifications. If and when the professional passes, he or she can display the applicable AWS Certified logo on business cards and resumes

The first exam will be the "AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level" certification, which will cover the design and development of applications on AWS.

Additional role-based certifications, such as accreditation for Systems Operations (SysOps) Administrators and Developers, will follow later this year.

It could be a win-win situation for both IT pros and Amazon. Both will gain visibility while also showing off their skills among colleagues and industry partners.