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AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 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 Solutions Architect – Associate exam. Amazon has just released a new exam so there’s never been a better time to get certified.

Amazon Web Services is a rich collection of compute, storage, database, security, analytics, and other services. For organizations, from SMBs to enterprises, leveraging cloud computing with AWS requires considerable knowledge of many features across numerous services. Furthermore, to leverage AWS in a way that provides security, high availability, cost savings, and other benefits, architects and developers need to understand several key principles and techniques.

This course provides an in-depth review of the topics you’ll find on the AWS Solutions Architect exam as well as a deep dive into technical details, and architectural design considerations for architecting and implementing IT solutions with AWS. This course is fully updated for the exam released February 2018.

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

  • 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
  • Design principles as described in AWS’ “Well-Architected Framework” whitepaper

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and define technical requirements for an application deployed to AWS
  • Manage accounts, users, groups, and credentials
  • Leverage core services offered for compute, storage, database, and other solutions
  • Plan and implement deployments of multi-tier systems into AWS

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to get certified
  • You are a solutions architect designing systems deployed to Amazon Web Services
  • You are a systems or network administrator responsible for network security
  • You are a developer writing applications that use AWS services like DynamoDB, or S3
  • You are a SysOps or DevOps engineer responsible for deploying applications to AWS
  • You are in a technical role responsible for design and/or implementation of AWS services


  • A basic understanding of general networking concepts, cloud computing,
  • An in-depth understanding of multi-tier architectural design
  • No materials are required up front

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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 more than 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 more than 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 Site Reliability Engineer for Gloo, a company using data to empower personal growth.


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

Day 1

10min break at the top of each hour


  • Exam Logistics (20mins)
  • Best Practices (10mins)


  • Overview (10mins)
  • High-availability (90mins)


  • Overview (5mins)
  • Performance Strategies (60mins)
  • QA (15mins)

Day 2

10min break at the top of each hour

Review/Q&A (10 mins)


  • Overview (5mins)
  • Access Control (30mins)
  • Detection (20mins)
  • Securing Infrastructure and Data (30mins)

Cost Optimizations:

  • Overview (5mins)
  • Cost-optimizing Strategies (45mins)

Operational Excellence

  • Discussion (30mins)

Exam Strategy

  • Discussion (30mins)
  • Course Wrap Up (10mins)