AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty

Course Modality

Instructor-led (classroom)

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Course Time

3 Hours

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Course Overview

The AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Specialty Exam validates an examinee’s knowledge about building, testing, publishing, and certifying Amazon Alexa skills. This course will help prepare the student to take the exam and will cover such topics predesigning, building, troubleshooting and publishing an Alexa skill using complementary AWS services. Individuals with hands-on experiencing building an Alexa skill should take this course to learn how to prepare for, and succeed, in the exam)


There are no prerequisites for this course

Intended Audience

  • This course is intended for: 

    • Developers/architects using their technical expertise to build Alexa skills 
    • Students looking to take the AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Specialty Exam

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Skill Covered

This course covers the following concepts: 

  • How to prepare for the certification exam 
  • Understand Voice-First design practices and capabilities 
  • How to design Alexa skills 
  • Architecting Alexa skills with other AWS services 
  • How to develop Alexa skills 
  • Understanding the testing, validating and troubleshooting process 
  • Familiarization with the publishing, operations and lifecycle management of an Alexa skill 
  • Practice exam questions

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Course Curriculum

Voice-First Design Practices and Capabilities 

1.1 Describe how users interact with skills 

1.2 Map features and capabilities to use cases 

Skill Design 

2.1  Design and develop an interaction model 

2.2  Design a multi-turn conversation 

2.3  Use built-inintents and slots      

2.4  Handle unexpected conversational requests or  responses 

2.5  Design multi-modal skills using one or more service interfaces (for example, audio, video, and gadgets)

Skill Architecture 

3.1  Identify AWS services for extending Alexa skill functionality (Amazon CloudFront, Amazon S3, Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon DynamoDB) 

3.2  Use AWS Lambda to build Alexa skills 

3.3  Follow AWS and Alexa security and privacy best practices 

Skill Development 

4.1  Implement in-skill purchasing and Amazon Pay for Alexa Skills 

4.2  Use Speech Synthesis  Mark up Language(SSML)forexpressionandMP3audio 

4.3  Implement state management 

4.4  ImplementAlexaserviceinterfaces(audioplayer,videoplayer,andscreens) 

4.5  Parse Alexa JSON requests and provide responses 

Test, Validate, and Troubleshoot 

5.1  Debug and troubleshoot using Amazon CloudWatch or other tools 

5.2  Use the Alexa developer testing tools 

5.3  Perform beta testing 

5.4  Troubleshoot errors in the interaction model 


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