O'Reilly logo
live online training icon Live Online training

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02) Crash Course

Chad Smith

Cloud certifications are an increasingly important credential that companies are looking for when hiring for important technology positions. In AWS, no certification is more important than the Certified Solutions Architect Associate. This exam validates the candidate’s ability to design appropriate architectural solutions in the ever-growing AWS ecosystem.

This course full covers the four certification domains in the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam, which are drawn from the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework. The course content will dive into all objectives in the exam so you gain the breadth of knowledge needed to pass the test. Within each question domain, we will also discuss and dissect several exam questions to so you can practice your test-taking skills in a constructive learning environment.

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

  • All objectives in the exam
  • AWS certification exam general strategies
  • How to design resilient architectures
  • How to design performant architectures
  • How to design secure applications and architectures
  • How to design and recognize cost-optimized architectures

This training course is for you because...

  • You are a certification exam candidate seeking to hone your skills on exam topics
  • You are an Infrastructure or Application architect responsible for designing systems that will be deployed in AWS
  • You are a security or network specialist who will be managing/auditing AWS resources
  • You are a programmer or application engineer who will be developing code to be deployed in AWS
  • You are a functional or technical manager whose team is responsible for AWS infrastructure


  • Solid understanding of technology stacks including IPv4 networking, virtual machines, storage choices and multi-tier application architecture. You can learn about these topics in the following titles:
  • Basic working knowledge of common AWS services such as VPC, EC2, S3, RDS, IAM and others

Course Set-up:


Recommended Follow-up:

Non-certification path:

Certification path:

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith is the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. He is a certified architect for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. He brings a wealth of relevant experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design, data security and cloud operations. Chad holds current AWS certifications in Architecture (Associate and Professional), SysOps and Security. Chad is the author of many video courses with Pearson, including AWS Certified SysOps Administrator (Associate) Complete Video Course; AWS Certified Security - Specialty Complete Video Course and Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform.


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

Day 1

Exam guide and general strategies - 60m

  • Exam logistics
  • Exam guide discussion
  • Question domain explanation

Design Resilient Architectures - 120m

  • Storage principles
  • High Availability and Fault Tolerance
  • Multi-tier architectures
  • Decoupling mechanisms

Design Performant Architectures, Part 1 - 60m

  • Performant storage
  • Performant compute solutions
  • Q&A - 10

Day 2

Design Performant Architectures, Part 2 - 60m

  • Performant network solutions
  • Performant database options

Specify Secure Applications and Architectures - 90m

  • Securing AWS account resources
  • Securing networks
  • Securing applications
  • Securing data

Design Cost-Optimized Architectures - 60m

  • Cost-optimized storage
  • Cost-optimized compute resources
  • Cost-optimized database resources
  • Cost-optimized networks
  • Q&A - 10