Amazon has launched a certification programme based on its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform.
The company said that its AWS certification programme would seek to provide credentials for developers and administrators looking to oversee the development and operation of AWS cloud and application deployments.
The certification programme will include a series of exams which developers can take at local testing facilities. Upon passing the exams, which include cloud platform architecture, operations, administration and development, the company will issue certifications that verify expertise in various areas of AWS products.
Amazon said that by the end of the year it hopes to be offering its full range of exams at some 750 testing centres by the end of the year.
The company said that its main goal with the programme is to provide customers with a means of verifying that employees are able to properly build and administer their AWS deployments.
"With cloud computing being quickly adopted by organisations of all sizes around the world, in-depth training programmes as well as certifications for individuals who have demonstrated competence with AWS are increasingly important,” said Amazon Web Services vice president Adam Selipsky.
"The AWS certification programme helps organisations identify that the employees, partners and consultants they depend on for their AWS solutions are well-versed in the best practices of building cloud applications on AWS and have the skills to help them be successful."
Amazon is not the only firm looking to provide training and accreditation to professionals. While the rise in cloud computing has brought a number of new services to the market and given rise to additional fields such as big data analysis, vendors have begun to find themselves facing a shortage of qualified administrators.
At the lower levels, the UK Department for Education is exploring its own initiatives to update and modernise computing curriculum to better prepare students.
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