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AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials: Jumpstart your journey within the AWS Cloud

Expand your understanding of AWS Cloud concepts and services and gain the basic knowledge you need to pursue an AWS certification.

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AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials: Jumpstart your journey within the AWS Cloud

682 enrolled on this course

  • 7 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Broaden your knowledge of AWS IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS infrastructure

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s largest and most popular cloud platform. It provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) to millions of organisations across the globe.

This four-week course from AWS Training and Certification will introduce you to AWS infrastructure, concepts, and services to grow your understanding of AWS Cloud.

Discover the wide range of AWS services including networking and analytics

The list of services provided by AWS is extremely comprehensive, with categories ranging from security, networks, and analytics to storage, databases, and machine learning.

You’ll learn about the range of products, services, and tools offered by AWS and become familiar with their functions and how organisations use them to grow their business. By the end of the course, you’ll know the ins and outs of all that AWS has to offer.

Explore AWS for business development

Whether you’re watching a show on a video streaming service, or participating in a virtual meeting, many of the things you do every day rely on services that run in the cloud. As a result, organisations have a high and growing demand for staff with cloud skills—and not just technical roles.

You’ll delve into the benefits of cloud fluency across businesses and examine how it leads to increased employee confidence, faster innovation, and collaboration to create technical solutions.

Pursue AWS Training and Certification to advance your career path

Since 2006, Amazon Web Services has been providing not only services but training and certification to millions worldwide.

This course will act as a starting point for you to grow your AWS skills and knowledge and pursue official AWS training and certification to unlock new opportunities in your career.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Amazon Web Services

    • Getting Started

      An overview of what we'll be looking at in this course.

    • Module 1: Introduction to Amazon Web Services

      Learn about benefits of cloud deployment compared to on-demand delivery, and learn about the pay-as-you-go pricing model.

    • Module 2: Compute in the Cloud

      Become acquainted with the basics and benefits of Amazon Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), in addition to Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, and other services, such as Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS).

  • Week 2

    Global Infrastructure and Reliability, Networking

    • Module 3: AWS Global Infrastructure and Reliability

      Become familiar with the benefits of the AWS global infrastructure by understanding Availability Zones. Learn about Amazon CloudFront, and compare provisioning methods for the AWS Cloud.

    • Module 4: Networking

      Be introduced to various concepts of networking, including the differences between public and private networking resources, virtual private networks (VPNs), and AWS Direct Connect.

  • Week 3

    Storage and Databases

    • Module 5: Storage and Databases

      Learn about the benefits of important services such as Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, and Amazon DynamoDB, among others.

  • Week 4


    • Module 6: Security

      Learn about security policy, the AWS shared responsibility model, and how to differentiate between AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) security levels, among other important topics.

  • Week 5

    Monitoring and Analytics, Pricing and Support

    • Module 7: Monitoring and Analytics

      Learn how to approach monitoring your AWS environment, and learn more about Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Trusted Advisor.

    • Module 8: Pricing and Support

      Learn about AWS pricing and support models, methods you can use to monitor billing, and the benefits of AWS Organizations and setting up consolidated billing.

  • Week 6

    Migration and Innovation, The Cloud Journey

    • Module 9: Migration and Innovation

      Learn various ways to migrate to the AWS Cloud, such data migration with the AWS Snow Family of products and AWS CAF.

    • Module 10: The Cloud Journey

      Learn the five pillars of the Well-Architected Framework and the six benefits of cloud computing.

  • Week 7

    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Basics

    • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Basics

      Gain an understanding of how the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is structured, as well as some strategies to help you prepare. Lastly, take a final assessment to test your knowledge of topics covered in this course.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the benefits of becoming AWS Certified
  • Assess the differences between cloud computing and on-premises deployments
  • Explore how the AWS Global Infrastructure maximizes resiliency for your apps and services
  • Explore AWS networking services for load balancing, traffic routing, and content delivery
  • Compare file, block, and object storage
  • Evaluate the responsibility of maintaining security and compliance when using AWS services
  • Describe how AWS enables visibility into your resources
  • Compare AWS pricing models, strategy, and support
  • Explore AWS migration solutions

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who would like to improve their overall understanding of AWS Cloud services, concepts, and infrastructure.

It is also the perfect starting point to prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

Who will you learn with?

Morgan Willis is a Principal Cloud Technologist based in the US. Morgan has a background in Software Development, technical training, and has earned 6 AWS Certifications.

Rudy Chetty is a Solutions Architect originally from sunny Cape Town, South Africa. He currently enables Solutions Architects and other tech folk at AWS along with educating the public :)

Blaine Sundrud is a technology education specialist for AWS - teaching classes on Security, Architecture and AI/ML.

Who developed the course?

AWS Training and Certification

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 200 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

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