Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) wants to increase revenues from its Amazon Web Services by helping organizations identify qualified professionals.
With the AWS Certification Program, Amazon will recognize IT professionals who possess the skills and technical knowledge needed to build and maintain applications on the AWS Cloud. By giving these professionals legitimacy, Amazon hopes to "accelerate" organizations to adopt its cloud computing and AWS Cloud worldwide.
To earn an AWS Certificate, professionals will have to demonstrate their proficiency by passing an AWS Certification Exam. The company will run courses to help individuals prepare for the exam. Once they pass, they'll be allowed to add an AWS Certified logo on their professional data (resumes, business cards).
Throughout the year, AWS will hold exams to test for the design and development of AWS applications, Systems Operations (SysOps) Administrations, and Developers. The tests will be held in more than 100 countries and 750 testing locations.
In the company's press release, Kaushik Bhaumik, Senior Vice President for Technology, Industry, and Alliances at Cognizant said:
With a rapidly growing demand for cloud services, the industry needs trained and certified resources to help businesses unlock the optimal value of cloud computing in driving transformation, innovation and competitiveness. As a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN), we have been leveraging AWS training programs to bring the right talent to customer engagements. The AWS Certification Program will help us further enhance and differentiate our cloud capabilities in helping customers run better and run different.