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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Crash Course

Richard A. Jones

Certification can be a valuable distinguishing feature for your resume, and if you’re looking for credibility as an AWS professional, there’s no better place to start than Amazon’s AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is designed for individuals looking to demonstrate their understanding of the AWS Cloud, outside of any specific technical role such as Solutions Architect, System Administrator, or Developer. It is quickly becoming the go-to exam for anyone new to cloud and is perfect for project manager, managers, technical people who need to cloud skills, and anyone interested in learning about cloud technologies. This certification will be invaluable for individuals needing to engage in intelligent, informed discussions and high-level decision making.

This course provides an understanding of Amazon Web Services at a high level, introduces cloud computing concepts and key AWS services, and prepares attendees for the exam according to the certification exam guide published by Amazon Web Services.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live, online course, you’ll understand:

  • AWS Global infrastructure, network technologies, and security features
  • Key services like EC2, S3, DynamoDB, Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing, RDS and more
  • Best practices for architecting on AWS

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify core services offered for compute, storage, database, and other solutions
  • Engage in high-level discussions as they relate to deployments of multi-tier systems into AWS

This training course is for you because...

  • You are currently working in roles such as sales, project management, or at the executive level.

  • You're typically involved in decision making where the use of Amazon Web Services is concerned and need to engage in intelligent, informed dialogue but not necessarily be involved with the more technical discussions or decisions as might be relevant to other certifications.


  • A basic understanding of business IT needs
  • Familiarity with software development lifecycle
  • Familiarity with traditional IT operations
  • No materials are required up front


About your instructor

  • Richard A. Jones is a certified AWS Solution Architect Professional and an experienced instructor having taught the IT teams of numerous Fortune 500s, and postgraduate students at the University of Colorado. Programming since age 10, Richard has spent nearly thirty years furthering his knowledge and skills of information technologies. He studied network switching systems in the U.S. Army, attained a degree in Digital Media, and has a long history of web and mobile application development. Beginning with a funded startup in 2009, Richard has dedicated nearly a decade to building secure, highly-available, cost-effective systems in Amazon Web Services, and has taught hundreds of IT professionals how to do the same. Richard holds seven AWS certifications including the Solution Architect Professional, DevOps Engineer Professional, and Advanced Networking Specialty certifications. Richard is also the Principal Solutions Architect for Cerulean Systems, a consulting firm specializing in cloud architecture, continuous delivery, and DevOps culture.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Cloud Practitioner Certification (30 mins)

  • Overview
  • Exam Preparation Resources
  • Taking the Exam
  • Documentation and Study Material

Fundamental Concepts (30 mins)

  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Business Needs and Cloud Solutions
  • Overview of Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Cloud Value Proposition

Break (10 mins)

AWS Fundamentals (20 mins)

  • AWS Global Infrastructure
  • Demo: AWS Management Console

Basic Core Services Part 1 (60 mins)

  • Setting the Stage
  • Networking with Amazon VPC
  • Routing and Firewalls
  • DNS, VPN, and Direct Connect
  • Use Case: Network Security

Break (15 mins)

Basic Core Services Part 2 (60 mins)

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Demo: Launching an EC2 Instance
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Demo: Using Amazon S3

Q&A (15 mins)

Day 2

Advanced Core Services (50 mins)

  • Advancing the Stage
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS Auto Scaling
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • AWS Lambda
  • Demo: Creating and Invoking AWS Lambda Functions
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Use Case: E-Commerce

Break (10 mins)

Other Services (50 mins)

  • Importance of Automation
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS Shield

Break (10 mins)

Security in AWS (30 mins)

  • The Shared Responsibility Model
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Demo: Managing Users, Groups, and Roles
  • AWS Organizations
  • Assurance Programs
  • Key Services for Auditing and Compliance
  • Use Case: Securing a Regulated Workload
  • Vulnerability and Penetration Testing

Break (10 mins)

Service Pricing (30 mins)

  • Compute Pricing
  • Database Pricing
  • Storage Pricing

Cost Management (30 mins)

  • AWS Calculators
  • Cost Management Tools
  • AWS Trusted Advisor
  • AWS Support