Solutions Architect Professional Level Certification for AWS (1 of 3)
Series Overview
1h 33m

With the AWS Solutions Architect Professional level certification, Amazon sought to identify individual administrators who are truly platform experts. Unless you've got some significant experience with AWS deployments and good familiarity with the full range of Amazon services, you probably won't have a chance at passing.

However, with this series of Cloud Academy courses, cloud expert Kevin Felichko is committed to making your learning process as smooth and productive as possible. Once complete, Kevin's guide to the Solutions Architect Professional level exam will lead you through the theoretical and practical skills you'll need to master this material.

This first course covers the key conceptual terminology and services that form the base for Amazon cloud architecting. The second course will guide you through fully-realized practical deployments, from start to finish. And the final course (late August, 2015) will focus on exam preparation and, in particular, strategies for confronting the particularly complicated style of question you'll face.

Do you have questions on this course? Contact our cloud experts in our community forum.


Welcome to the Cloud Academy Course on Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect Professional.

This course aims to prepare you for passing the professional level exam.

Before you begin, it should be noted that you must have earned the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate credential, in order to take the professional exam.

If you have not acquired this Associate Certification you may want to consider stopping here and moving over to our Associate Level Course, that decision is up to you.

This course is divided into three parts.

The first part of this course focuses on key terminology and important AWS Services. We will touch upon what each service does, common use cases at a high level of review of pricing.

In Part 2, we will be presented with requirements of a fictitious company wishing to move all of their infrastructure and applications to the AWS cloud. It will be up to us to implement a solution that meets their requirements.

The course finale, Part 3, will dive into the actual exam by reviewing the blueprint, format, scoring and more. We will go over exam pointers and strategy for breaking down the questions and answers.

With that said, let's start by reviewing key terminology.


About the Author

Kevin is a seasoned technologist with 15+ years experience mostly in software development.Recently, he has led several migrations from traditional data centers to AWS resulting in over $100K a year in savings. His new projects take advantage of cloud computing from the start which enables a faster time to market.

He enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with others while constantly learning new things. He has been building elegant, high-performing software across many industries since high school. He currently writes apps in node.js and iOS apps in Objective C and designs complex architectures for AWS deployments.

Kevin currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for, where he leads a small, agile team.