AWS Certified Database Specialty


The AWS Certified Database – Specialty (DBS-C01) exam is intended for individuals who perform a database-focused role. This exam validates a candidate’s comprehensive understanding of databases, including the concepts of design, migration, deployment, access, maintenance, automation, monitoring, security, and troubleshooting.

The exam also validates a candidate’s ability to complete the following tasks:

  • Understand and differentiate the key features of AWS database services
  • Analyze needs and requirements to design and recommend appropriate database solutions by using AWS services

Exam Format

65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response

180 minutes to complete the exam


The target candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of experience with common database technologies, at least 2 years of hands-on experience working on AWS, and experience and expertise working with on-premises and AWS Cloud-based relational and NoSQL databases.

Target Audience

This training course is for Data platform engineers, Database administrators, Solutions architects, IT professionals

Domain 1: Workload-Specific Database Design

  • 1.1 Select appropriate database services for specific types of data and workloads.
  • 1.2 Determine strategies for disaster recovery and high availability
  • 1.3 Design database solutions for performance, compliance, and scalability
  • 1.4 Compare the costs of database solutions.

Domain 2: Deployment and Migration

  • 2.1 Automate database solution deployments
  • 2.2 Determine data preparation and migration strategies
  • 2.3 Execute and validate data migration.

Domain 3: Management and Operations

  • 3.1 Determine maintenance tasks and processes
  • 3.2 Determine backup and restore strategies.
  • 3.3 Manage the operational environment of a database solution.

Domain 4: Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • 4.1 Determine monitoring and alerting strategies
  • 4.2 Troubleshoot and resolve common database issues
  • 4.3 Optimize database performance.

Domain 5: Database Security

  • 5.1 Encrypt data at rest and in transit
  • 5.2 Evaluate auditing solutions.
  • 5.3 Determine access control and authentication mechanisms
  • 5.4 Recognize potential security vulnerabilities within database solutions.