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Showcasing knowledge and skills in AWS technology, across a wide range of AWS services

The focus of this certification is on the design of cost and performance optimized solutions, demonstrating a strong understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

This certification can enhance the career profile and earnings of certified individuals and increase your credibility and confidence in stakeholder and customer interactions*

*AWS recommends candidates have at least one year of experience solving problems and implementing solutions using the AWS Cloud.

The course is designed to teach students how to optimize their use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how they fit into cloud-based solutions.


Though architectural solutions can differ depending on the industry, type of application, and size of the business, this course emphasizes best practices for the AWS Cloud that apply to all solutions. It also recommends various design patterns to help students think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS.


Throughout the course, students will explore a scenario that provides opportunities for students to build a variety of infrastructures through a guided, hands-on approach. 

This course helps students prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam. 

Course objectives 

After completing this course, students should be able to: 

  • Make architectural decisions based on AWS architectural principles and best practices 

  • Use AWS services to make your infrastructure scalable, reliable, and highly available 

  • Use AWS managed services to enable greater flexibility and resiliency in an infrastructure 

  • Indicate how to increase the performance efficiency and reduce costs of infrastructures built on AWS 

  • Use the AWS Well-Architected Framework to improve architectures that use AWS solutions 

Intended audience 

This course is intended for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are 

enrolled in the AWS Academy program, and who are interested in gaining expertise with cloud computing on AWS. 

Delivery method 

This course is delivered through a mix of: 

Educator-led training, activities, and demonstrations 

Hands-on labs 

Digital videos 

Knowledge checks 

Course capstone project 



This course is designed for 40 hours of class time.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (ACSAA) Exam

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level exam is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.

Exam concepts you should understand for this exam include:

Designing and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS.

Lift and shift of an existing on-premises application to AWS.

Ingress and egress of data to and from AWS.

Selecting the appropriate AWS service based on data, compute, database, or security requirements.

Identifying appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices.

Estimating AWS costs and identifying cost control mechanisms.


Eligible candidates for this exam have:

  • One or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

  • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.

  • Ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application.

  • Experience with deploying hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components.

  • Capability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.


Who should take this exam?
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is a great starting point on the AWS Certification path for individuals who may have any of the following:

  • Experience in AWS technology

  • Strong on-premises IT experience and understanding of mapping on-premises to cloud

  • Experience working in other cloud services

What you'll learn
Preparing for and attaining this certification will showcase:

  • Knowledge and skills in compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services as well as AWS deployment and management services

  • Knowledge and skills in deploying, managing, and operating workloads on AWS as well as implementing security controls and compliance requirements

  • Knowledge and skills in using the AWS Management Console and the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)Understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, AWS networking, security services, and the AWS global infrastructure

  • Ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement and to define technical requirements for an AWS-based application

What does it take to earn this certification?
To earn this certification, you’ll need to take and pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam (SAA-C03).


The exam features a combination of two question formats: multiple choice and multiple response. 

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