Learning Path

AWS Essentials & Solutions Architect Associate

Learn AWS terminology, concepts and services and prepare for the exam.

What you will learn

This certification path teaches you all you need to get started using Amazon Web Services (AWS), including the AWS Management Console, S3 buckets, EC2 instances, database services, security in the cloud and the costs associated with AWS. The first two courses cover the essentials of AWS. The remaining 16 courses build your knowledge and skills around the five domain areas related to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam, including designing high-availability architectures, designing for elasticity and scalability, using secure application tiers and more. Upon completion, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to implement AWS and pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam.

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AWS Essentials Foundations and Services

Course — 01:14:45

K0373, S0073

Start off strong with a course on AWS foundations and services such as account creation, bucket creation, using the management console and more.

AWS Essentials Security and Costs

Course — 00:39:48

K0056, S0073

Explore AWS cost and security with this course and prepare yourself for your certification journey.

About AWS and the Exam

Course — 00:53:01


This course introduces Amazon Web Services (AWS) and discusses the AWS CSA-A exam.

AWS Cloud Services Overview

Course — 01:08:06

K0194, S0073

This course provides a detailed overview of AWS Cloud Services.

AWS Storage Design

Course — 02:38:44

K0038, K0097, K0622, S0073

Learn about AWS storage functions and practice creating and managing storage objects.

Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Course — 01:31:29

K0104, S0059, S0073

This course covers the concept and configuration of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

Compute Services Design

Course — 00:41:06

K0194, S0073

This course introduces EC2 – the AWS cloud computing service.

Compute Services Implementation

Course — 01:04:23

K0073, S0073

This course walks through launching and configuring EC2 instances.

Compute Services Management

Course — 01:10:08

K0073, S0073

Explore the ins and outs of the ongoing EC2 instance management.

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Course — 01:25:42

K0007, K0056, K0065, S0031, S0073

Learn how to control access to your AWS account and the services running in it with Identity and Access Management (IAM).

IAM Best Practices

Course — 01:00:09

K0007, K0056, K0065, S0031, S0073

Explore practical application of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

Auto Scaling Solutions

Course — 00:51:47

K0073, S0073

Explore the options for dynamically growing or shrinking a set of servers in AWS.

Virtual Network Services

Course — 00:50:57

K0073, K0332, K0565, S0073

This course focuses on DNS configuration and also explores Access Control Lists (ACLs) and flow logs.

AWS Application Deployment

Course — 02:22:03

K0049, K0073, K0487, K0561, S0073, S0084

This course covers an array of AWS application and deployment services, from Lambda to Trusted Advisor.

AWS Database Design

Course — 01:07:06

K0073, K0373, K0419, K0420, S0073

Learn how to architect and secure databases in AWS.

Database Deployment

Course — 00:57:20

K0073, K0373, K0419, K0420, S0073

Practice creating and managing databases in AWS in this hands-on course.

Additional AWS Services

Course — 01:16:49

K0194, S0073

Get familiar with various AWS services developed to serve specific needs.

Operational Excellence with AWS

Course — 01:15:50

K0292, S0027, S0073

This scenario-based course illustrates the concepts of operational excellence.

AWS Solutions Architect Skill Assessment

Assessment — 148 questions — 01:14:00

AWS Solutions Architect Practice Exam

Assessment — 148 questions — 01:14:00

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

The details

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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