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AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty


The AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification is intended for individuals who perform a role as an Alexa skill builder. It validates a candidate’s ability to build, test, and publish Amazon Alexa skills.


Abilities Validated by the Certification

  • Explain the value of voice
  • Design the user experience
  • Design the architecture to build the skill
  • Follow AWS and Alexa security best practices for the skill
  • Develop, test, validate, and troubleshoot the skill
  • Manage the skill-publishing process and work with the Alexa Developer Console
  • Manage skill operations and life cycles


  • At least 6 months of hands-on experience building Alexa skills using the Alexa Skills Kit, including skills that incorporate services from the AWS Cloud
  • Proficiency with a programming language
  • Published an Alexa skill

Full Description

Module 1: Voice-First Design Practices and Capabilities

  • Describe how users interact with skills
  • Map features and capabilities to use cases


Module 2: Skill Design

  • Design and develop an interaction model
  • Design a multi-turn conversation
  • Use built-in intents and slots
  • Handle unexpected conversational requests or responses
  • Design multi-modal skills using one or more service interfaces (for example, audio, video, and



Module 3: Skill Architecture 

  •  Identify AWS services for extending Alexa skill functionality (Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon DynamoDB)
  • Use AWS Lambda to build Alexa skills
  • Follow AWS and Alexa security and privacy best practices


Module 4: Skill Development

  • Implement in-skill purchasing and Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills
  • Use Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) for expression and MP3 audio
  • Implement state management
  • Implement Alexa service interfaces (audio player, video player, and screens)
  • Parse Alexa JSON requests and provide responses


Module 5: Test, Validate, and Troubleshoot

  • Debug and troubleshoot using Amazon CloudWatch or other tools
  • Use the Alexa developer testing tools
  • Perform beta testing
  • Troubleshoot errors in the interaction model


Module 6: Publishing, Operations, and Lifecycle Management

  • Describe the skill publishing process
  • Add and remove users in the developer console
  • Perform analysis of skill analytics in the developer console
  • Differentiate among the statuses/versions of skills (for example, In Development, In Certification, and Live) 

Fees & Schedule

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