Certified AWS Solutions Architect (Voucher Included)

In this online training course, you will be taught the fundamental skills to architect your IT solutions on AWS. AWS Architect Associate is a course for system engineers and system developers that will cover how to optimize the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how they fit into cloud-based solutions.

This course can be used to prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. This course offers enrollment with a voucher. The voucher is prepaid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility.

3 Months / 60 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES3070

What you will learn

  • Make architectural decisions based on AWS architectural principles and best practices
  • Leverage AWS services to make your infrastructure scalable, reliable, and highly available
  • Leverage AWS Managed Services to enable greater flexibility and resiliency in an infrastructure
  • Make an AWS-based infrastructure more efficient to increase performance and reduce costs
  • Use the Well-Architected Framework to improve architectures with AWS solutions

How you will benefit

  • You will be prepared to sit for the AWS Solutions Architect: Associate Exam
  • Gain valuable career skills that you can apply immediately
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Complete your program in 3 months or less
  • Certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through (upon successfully passing the final exam)

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 60 course hours
  1. Course Overview and the AWS Global Infrastructure
    1. Introduction to AWS Architect Associate Course and Exam Objectives
    2. Regions, Availability Zones, and Edge Locations
  2. Compute
    1. EC2: Overview, Architecture, and Pricing
    2. EC2: Launching and Accessing a Linux and Windows Server
    3. EC2: AMIs and Instance Types
    4. EC2: Instance Store, EBS, EFS, FSx
    5. EC2: IP addressing, Network Interfaces, Security Groups, and Placement Groups
    6. EC2: Auto Scaling
    7. EC2: Load Balancers
    8. ECS: Overview
    9. Serverless: Lambda
    10. Serverless: API Gateway
  3. Databases
    1. Databases: Overview
    2. RDS: Overview, Instances, Storage, Encryption, and Backups
    3. RDS: Multi-AZ, and Read Replicas
    4. RDS: Amazon Aurora
    5. Elasticache: Overview
    6. DynamoDB: Overview
    7. Redshift: Overview
  4. Networking
    1. VPC: Overview, and VPC Subnets
    2. VPC: Internet Connectivity, Routing, and NAT
    3. VPC: Security Groups and ACLs
    4. VPC: VPNs, Direct Connect, Peering, Transit Gateways, and Endpoints
    5. CloudFront and Global Accelerator
    6. Route53
  5. Storage and Migration
    1. Storage: Overview and Review
    2. Storage: S3 Introduction, Storage Classes, Lifecycle Policies, and Static Websites
    3. Storage: S3 Security, Integrity, and Replication
    4. Storage: Storage Gateway and AWS Backup
    5. Migration: Snowcone, Snowball, and Snowmobile
    6. Migration: AWS DataSync, AWS Transfer, AWS Database Migration Service
  6. Application Integration and Customer Engagement
    1. SQS, SNS, SES, Amazon MQ
  7. Security
    1. IAM: Users, Groups, Policies
    2. IAM: Temporary Credentials, Roles, Password Policies
    3. KMS and HSM
    4. Amazon Inspector, Macie, GuardDuty
    5. AWS Certificate Manager. Secrets Manager, WAF, Shield
  8. Monitoring and Management
    1. Amazon CloudWatch
    2. AWS CloudTrail, AWS Config
    3. AWS Organizations and AWS Resource Groups
    4. AWS Billing and Cost Management

Raymond Lacoste

Raymond Lacoste is a highly recognized instructor and IT professional who holds the Cisco Sirius Instructor Award. He has authored Cisco Press publications on the Cisco ENARSI and Cisco TSHOOT exams.

Raymond's areas of expertise include Cisco Enterprise networking, Cisco Routing, and Switching, Cisco Datacenter Networking, ITIL, and Amazon AWS. He also holds certifications in Cisco CCSI, Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching, Cisco CCNP Enterprise, ITIL Foundations, ITIL Practitioner, ITIL Intermediate, Amazon AWS System Operations, Amazon AWS Architect, Amazon AWS Developer, and CISSP.

In addition to his certifications and experience, Raymond's engaging instruction style makes even the most obscenely complicated or obtuse concepts relatable and understandable. Outside of class, he enjoys dominating both on the golf course and the basketball court.


There are no prerequisites to complete this course, but it is recommended that you have:

  • Completed the GES3067 AWS Cloud Practitioner course
  • Working knowledge of distributed systems
  • Familiarity with general networking concepts
  • Working knowledge of multi-tier architectures
  • Familiarity with cloud computing concepts


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Virtual Labs included with the course
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and available online.

  • Study guide
  • Virtual labs
  • Practice exams

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam (SAA-C02).

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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