The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) exam is a certification that validates the skills and knowledge required to design and deploy scalable and reliable applications on AWS. This exam assesses the ability to identify and define requirements for AWS-based applications, implement and deploy applications, and maintain them using AWS services. Passing this exam demonstrates proficiency in designing and deploying scalable, cost-effective, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS. It is recommended for professionals who have some experience with AWS and want to demonstrate their expertise in cloud architecture design and implementation. A thorough understanding of key AWS services, security, and compliance is essential for success in this exam.