AWS Certified Developer (DVA-C01 -> DVA-C02)

Updated: 2023-09-01
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  1. Passed exam in one month.
  2. Created an app with questions and progress that helped me a lot



The AWS Certified Developer - Associate exam is changing February 28, 2023. The last date to take the current exam is February 27, 2023.

To keep the docs up to date I will add new and latest information.

DVA-C01 vs DVA-C02

  • new domain: Domain 3: Deployment
    • focus will be on testing and deploying your code into different environments including development, test, and production environments. You’ll need to know how CloudFormation, the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK), and AWS SAM are used to deploy applications.
  • Domains 4 and 5 (“Refactoring” along with “Monitoring and Troubleshooting”) from the DVA-C01 exam guide have been consolidated into Domain 4 (“Troubleshooting and Optimization”) in the DVA-C02 exam guide
  • Plus 2% questions in Development with AWS Services domain

Test questions for DVA-C02 - here and here


In order to pass the exam, you must score more than 720/1000 (unspecified) points. Criterion will be a minimum threshold of 75/100%, unless conditions change in preparation.

Study Plan

  1. Find out what the exam requirements are
  2. Have a list of topics that will be on the exam
  3. Practice each service for comprehension
  4. Read extra theory that will not be covered during practice
  5. Go through the test general questions
  6. Repeat 3-5 repeat until the result of failed block greater than 80 points



The AWS website has:

To pass the exam, you need to know certain services from the 4 domains: Development with AWS Services, Security, Deployment, Refactoring, Monitoring and Troubleshooting

List of services on the exam

Version 2.1 DVA-C01 Version 1.0 DVA-C02


  • Amazon Athena (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon OpenSearch Service (Amazon Elasticsearch Service)
  • Amazon Kinesis

Application Integration:

  • AWS AppSync (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon EventBridge (Amazon CloudWatch Events)
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
  • AWS Step Functions


  • Amazon EC2
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM) (new in DVA-C02)


  • AWS Copilot (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
  • Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS)


  • Amazon Aurora (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • Amazon MemoryDB for Redis (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon RDS

Developer Tools:

  • AWS Amplify (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Cloud9 (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS CloudShell (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS CodeArtifact
  • AWS CodeBuild
  • AWS CodeCommit
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • Amazon CodeGuru
  • AWS CodePipeline
  • AWS CodeStar
  • AWS Fault Injection Simulator
  • AWS X-Ray

Management and Governance:

  • AWS AppConfig (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS CloudTrail (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • Amazon CloudWatch Logs (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Systems Manager (new in DVA-C02)

Networking and Content Delivery:

  • Amazon API Gateway
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Amazon Route 53 (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon VPC (new in DVA-C02)

Security, Identity, and Compliance:

  • AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon Cognito
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS)
  • AWS Secrets Manager (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS) (new in DVA-C02)
  • AWS WAF (new in DVA-C02)


  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) (new in DVA-C02)
  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon S3 Glacier (new in DVA-C02)

Training plan

Opened a training plan for any tutorial to understand where to start learning. Have chosen cloudacademy service (but for example FreeCodeCamp has a free course with content).

Another option is to use free AWS Workshops

AWS Developer - Associate (DVA-C01) Certification Preparation

Don’t see coverage of the following services, so I add them to the block when related topics are covered:


  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) -> OpenSearch Service

Developer Tools:

  • AWS CodeArtifact
  • AWS Fault Injection Simulator

My roadmap

The following is my roadmap for the study. There may be adjustments.

  1. AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  2. Amazon EC2
  3. AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  4. AWS Lambda
  5. Amazon S3
  6. Amazon DynamoDB
  7. Amazon ElastiCache
  8. Amazon RDS
  9. Amazon API Gateway
  10. Amazon CloudFront
  11. Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
  12. Amazon Kinesis
  13. Amazon OpenSearch Service (Amazon Elasticsearch Service)
  14. Amazon CloudWatch
  15. AWS CloudFormation
  16. AWS CodeCommit
  17. AWS CodeDeploy
  18. AWS CodeBuild
  19. AWS CodePipeline
  20. Amazon CodeGuru
  21. AWS CodeStar
  22. AWS CodeArtifact
  23. AWS X-Ray
  24. AWS Fault Injection Simulator
  25. Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)
  26. Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
  27. AWS Fargate
  28. Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS)
  29. Amazon Cognito
  30. Route 53
  31. AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS)
  32. Amazon EventBridge (Amazon CloudWatch Events)
  33. Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
  34. Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
  35. AWS Step Functions


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