AWS Academy Cloud Architecting (AWS Certified Solutions Architect -Associate)

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect course covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on Amazon Web Services, or AWS. The course is designed to teach solutions architects how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. Because architectural solutions can differ depending on the industry, type of applications, and size of business, this course emphasizes best practices for the AWS Cloud, and it recommends various design patterns to help you think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS. It also presents case studies throughout the course, which showcase how some AWS customers have designed their infrastructures and the strategies and services that they implemented. Finally, this course also provides opportunities to build a variety of infrastructures via a guided, hands-on approach. This course prepares students for AWS Certified Solutions Architect–Associate Certification.

Check out our other AWS Academy courses: Certified Cloud Practitioner, Developer – Associate, SysOps Administrator – Associate, Machine Learning Foundations, and Data Analytics.


To ensure success in this course, it is preferred that you have:

  • Completed the Academy Cloud Foundations (ACF) course or have equivalent experience
  • A working knowledge of distributed systems
  • Familiarity with general networking concepts
  • A working knowledge of multi-tier architectures
  • Familiarity with cloud computing concepts

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Describe how cloud adoption transforms the way IT systems work
  • Describe the benefits of cloud computing with Amazon Web Services
  • Discuss how to design systems that are secure, reliable, high performing, and cost-efficient
  • Describe principles to consider when migrating or designing new applications for the cloud
  • Identify the design patterns and architectural options applied in a variety of use cases.
  • Define high availability, fault tolerance, and scalability
  • Discuss how to avoid single points of failure
  • List AWS services that have built-in fault tolerance or can be designed for fault tolerance
  • Describe why load balancing is a key architectural component for AWS-powered applications
  • Identify the benefits of Infrastructure as Code
  • Describe how to leverage the capabilities of AWS to support automation
  • Create, manage, provision, and update related resources using AWS CloudFormation
  • Articulate the importance of making systems highly cohesive and loosely coupled
  • Describe system coupling to support the distributed nature of applications built for the cloud
  • Describe database services for storing and deploying web-accessible
  • Compare structured query language—or SQL—databases with NoSQL databases
  • Describe how the AWS Well-Architected Framework improves cloud-based architectures
  • Describe the business impact of design decisions
  • Identify the design principles and best practices of the Operational Excellence pillar
  • Describe how to secure data at every layer in the application
  • Describe the appropriate tools and services to provide security-focused content
  • Describe the design principles and the best practices of the Reliability pillar
  • Select compute, storage, database, and networking resources to improve performance
  • Evaluate the most important performance metrics for your applications
  • Follow best practices to eliminate unneeded costs or suboptimal resources
  • Troubleshoot common errors

Course Contents

Course Introduction: AWS Review

Module 1: Welcome to Academy Cloud Architecting

Module 2: Designing Your Environment

Module 3: Designing for High Availability I

Module 4: Designing for High Availability II

Module 5: Automating Your Infrastructure

Module 6: Decoupling Your Infrastructure

Module 7: Designing Web-Scale Media

Module 8: Well-Architected Framework

Module 9: Well-Architected Pillar 1: Operational Excellence

Module 10: Well-Architected Pillar 2: Security

Module 11: Well-Architected Pillar 3: Reliability

Module 12: Well-Architected Pillar 4: Performance Efficiency

Module 13: Well-Architected Pillar 5: Cost Optimization

Module 14: Troubleshooting

Module 15: Design Patterns and Sample Architectures

Module 16: Optional Sandbox Lab

AWS Certification Exam

Students will also have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, a free practice certification exam, and a discount voucher for the certification exam. Students are independently responsible for the cost and arrangement of their AWS Certification exam.


Subject to change without notice

Richard Spencer

Richard SpencerRichard Spencer has worn many hats during his time in the IT industry over the last 15 years. Starting his career in the telecommunications field, Richard is now a full-time information technology instructor. Richard has successfully attained his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, CCNA “Train the Trainer” certification, and three certifications from Amazon Web Services: Solutions Architect Associate, Sysops Administrator, and DevOps associate. His professional expertise and interest align with all things AWS and networking.



Roman Mirakhmedov


Roman Mirakhmedov holds a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a Ph. D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence. He loves building next-generation cloud-native solutions to help generate maximum value from the cloud. Roman is an AWS Academy Accredited Educator for Cloud Foundations, Cloud Architecture, SysOps, DevOps and Machine Learning. He is one of the very few people to hold all AWS certifications. He teaches cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software development and applied mathematics. He is also a Senior Director, a Cloud Consulting with Prodapt Solutions, and a global system integrator.


Live Online


  • Coming again in 2023
    • Students must devote at least 5 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:30 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities


Registration fee for this course is $995.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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