Introduction: Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation for AWS


AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation
Learning Path Introduction

This course introduces and explains the requirements of the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation learning path. It discusses the intended audience of the learning path, the content types contained within it, and the knowledge requirements from each of the four domains assessed in the exam: cloud concepts, security & compliance, technology, and billing & pricing.


Hello and welcome to this learning path that has been designed to help you prepare for and pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Certification. 

My name is Stuart Scott and I'm the AWS content and security lead here at Cloud Academy. Feel free to connect with me to ask me any questions using the details shown on the screen. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy by sending an email to where one of our cloud experts will reply to your question. 

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification has been designed for those who are not necessarily within a technical role but do have some exposure and experience with AWS and the services that it provides. For example, your role might have some involvement regarding AWS architecture from a sales, financial, or managerial perspective.

The certification itself is broken down into four distinct domains, these being cloud concepts, security and compliance, technology, and billing and pricing.

And each of these domains carry a specific percentage weighting within the exam.

As per the exam guide which can be found here. Each of these 4 domains contain subdomains, so let’s take a look at each to give you a greater understanding of the topics you will be assessed upon.

Domain one, Cloud Concepts. This domain focuses on three key areas: define the AWS cloud and its value proposition, identify aspects of AWS cloud economics, and list the different cloud architecture design principles.

This will test your knowledge of general cloud concepts and principles. Looking at the benefits of the cloud and what it can bring to your business from both a financial and operational perspective. 

Domain two, Security. This domain looks at four components of cloud security: define the AWS shared responsibility model, define AWS cloud security and compliance concepts, identify AWS access management capabilities, and identify resources for security support.

This security domain will assess your understanding of cloud security ensuring you understand the boundaries of where specific responsibilities lay between you and AWS. It will also test your knowledge of access control mechanisms to your AWS resources and how you can maintain compliance within your environment, and how to utilize security services to enhance the security posture of your environment.

Domain three, Technology. Much like the previous domain, this also has four key areas of interest: define methods of deploying and operating in the AWS cloud, define the AWS global infrastructure, identify the core AWS services, and identify resources for technology support.

This domain will test your knowledge of the core components of AWS, its global infrastructure, and its key services across a spectrum of categories such as compute, storage, databases, networking and security. You must know the differences between specific services and what those services are used for. 

Domain four, Billing and Pricing. This domain assesses you in three areas: compare and contrast the various pricing models for AWS, recognize the various account structures in relation to AWS billing and pricing, and identify resources available for billing support.

This domain is all about your understanding and awareness of how to track, trace, and optimize your cloud spend when using AWS using a variety of tool sets that are available. Knowing the differences between these tools is essential. 

Throughout the learning path, you will be guided via a number of courses, hands-on labs, resources, and assessments that cover all elements within the domains I just discussed.  This will ensure you have the required knowledge and sufficient understanding to enable you to pass this certification.

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That brings me to the end of this introduction, and so coming up next, let me begin by answering the question, what is cloud computing?



About the Author
Learning Paths

Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.

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