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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator (Associate) Crash Course

Topic: System Administration
Chad Smith

Get the edge you need to take the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level exam. In this two-day course you will get targeted training on the topics covered in Amazon’s AWS SysOps Administrator exam. This training course is designed to walk you through the topics covered in the exam so you have the knowledge you need to pass the test. The training follows the exam blueprint domains with specific content to maximize chances of achieving certification. The author, Chad Smith, experience AWS trainer, will share his extensive knowledge of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator exam so you are fully prepared and confident on test day.

This course will cover question domains for the new exam.

AWS Certifications are among the most sought-after in the Technology sector, and the certification exams cover a wide range of services, technologies, and implementation patterns.

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

  • The services and features that are covered on the Certified Sysops Associate exam
  • How to implement highly available systems, and the tradeoffs associated with these choices
  • Where automation can be applied to improve the overall quality of infrastructure
  • How to implement monitoring for both performance and billing purposes

This training course is for you because...

  • System Administrators
  • Operations/DevOps
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • This course is for intermediate to advanced students


  • Strong understanding of operations in a traditional IT infrastructure
  • Working knowledge of commonly-used AWS services such as EC2, S3, IAM, Cloudwatch, etc
  • Experience with command-line scripting and operations (Bash, PowerShell, Python, etc)

Download/Install AWS CLI

About your instructor

  • Chad Smith has worked in IT for 25 years, starting out as a Linux administrator, progressing through operations, network and security in various roles. He is now the Principal Cloud Architect at Brightkey.cloud. Chad is a Certified Architect for both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. He brings a wealth of personal experience in cloud adoption, infrastructure design, cloud operations and cloud security. He holds current AWS certifications in Architecture, SysOps, Security and Networking, as well as Google Professional Cloud Architect and Associate Cloud Engineer credentials.


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

Day 1

  • Introduction to AWS Sysops Certification – 50m
  • AWS Knowledge – 45m
  • Break - 10m
  • Monitoring and Metrics – 80m
  • Break - 10m
  • High Availability – 20m
  • Q&A – 15m

Day Two

  • Analysis – 30m
  • Deployment and Provisioning – 45m
  • Break – 10m
  • Data Management – 30m
  • Security – 45m
  • Break - 10m
  • Networking – 30m
  • Automation and optimization – 15m
  • Q&A – 15m