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Designed to provide students with an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles*

*AWS recommends candidates have at least six months of fundamental AWS Cloud experience or equivalent training before taking the exam.

This course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts;
AWS core services; and the pricing, security, architecture, and support for these core services.


 It helps students prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

Taught through educator-led training, activities, demonstrations, hands-on labs, digital videos, and knowledge checks.

Intended audience
This course is intended for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students 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


This course is designed for 20 hours of class time. 

Course objectives

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Define the AWS Cloud

  • Explain the AWS pricing philosophy.

  • Identify the global infrastructure components of AWS.

  • Describe the security and compliance measures of the AWS Cloud, including AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

  • Create a virtual private cloud (VPC) by using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

  • Demonstrate when to use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), AWS Lambda, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

  • Differentiate between Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service Glacier (Amazon S3 Glacier).

  • Demonstrate when to use AWS database services, including Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Aurora.

  • Explain the architectural principles of the AWS Cloud AWS Training and Certification Introduction.

  • Explore key concepts related to Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon CloudWatch, and Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.


The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner offers a foundational understanding of AWS Cloud concepts, services, and terminology. This is a good starting point for individuals in non-technical roles with no prior IT or cloud experience or for those with on-premises IT experience looking for basic AWS Cloud fluency. This certification can give candidates the confidence to tackle role-based AWS Certifications.

Who should take this exam?
This certification is intended for candidates who may be:

From a non-IT background and exploring a career in the AWS Cloud

In sales/marketing/business analyst roles looking to communicate more effectively with stakeholders and customers about the AWS Cloud

In on-premises IT or cloud roles, but new to AWS Cloud, and need a primer before diving into role-based AWS Certification(s)

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

Basic understanding of IT services and their uses on AWS Cloud

Knowledge of core AWS services and use cases, billing and pricing models, security concepts, and how cloud impacts your business

What does it take to earn this certification?
To earn this certification, you will need to take and pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam (CLF-C01). The exam features a combination of two question formats: multiple choice and multiple response. Additional information, such as a detailed exam content outline, is in the exam guide.

​This exam enables individuals with an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud to validate their knowledge with an industry-recognized credential. It provides individuals in a larger variety of cloud and technology roles with a way to validate their AWS Cloud knowledge and enhance their professional credibility. This exam covers four domains, including: cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing.

The exam is designed for individuals in sales, marketing, finance, and legal roles. Candidates may be business analysts, project managers, chief experience officers, students, and other IT-related professionals. 

This exam validates an examinee's ability to:

  • Define what the AWS Cloud is and the basic AWS global infrastructure.

  • Describe the key services on the AWS Platform and their common use cases.

  • Describe basic AWS Cloud architectural principles.

  • Describe basic security and compliance aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model.

  • Define the billing, account management, and pricing models.

  • Identify sources of documentation or technical assistance.

  • Describe the AWS Cloud value proposition.

  • Describe basic/core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud.

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