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Fundamentals of AWS is a specific training course for AWS beginners. This learning path consists of courses, labs, and three exams. Each module deals with a specific topic theory, which is then put to the test, in an applied environment, with our hands-on labs.

AWS is a huge player in the cloud computing world, so if you want to become a cloud architect, AWS Fundamentals is a great place to start. But it's about much more than AWS: this path will introduce you to some core cloud principles like distributed storage, concurrent computing, redundancy, and security.

In this course, you will learn the core AWS skills and concepts needed to begin working with AWS and to get AWS certified.

At the end of the learning path, you will be presented with a Certificate of Excellence.

What you will learn?

At the end of these 15 hours covering the basics of AWS, you will be able to build a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable infrastructure on the AWS platform.


To get the most from this learning path, make sure you are already familiar with the basics of cloud computing, in particular, infrastructure as a service (IAAS), as well as Microsoft and Linux essentials, including DNS and DHCP, networking essentials, virtualization, and storage. 


  • April 6, 2018 - Added Learning Path Exam
  • 20th May 2019 - Compute Fundamentals for AWS updated to include content on Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) & Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS)
  • 18th June 2019 - Added resources AWS Global Infrastructure: Availability Zones, Regions, Edge Locations, RegionalEdge Caches & AWS Shared Responsibility Model
  • 18th June 2019 - Added course: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC & AWS: Overview of AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM)
  • 18th June 2019 - Removed outdated content: Technical Fundamentals of AWS / Networking Fundamentals of AWS / Security Fundamentals of AWS


  • What is AWS Web Services?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud platform that offers database storage, content delivery, and compute power to personal and business users. Having seen exponential growth in the sector, AWS allows users to build sophisticated applications at a scalable through leveraging AWS cloud products and solutions.

  • How does AWS Cloud work?

Put simply, Amazon Web Services is a collection of Cloud Computing services that allow users to 'rent' their services, creating a seamless approach for many business models. Many allow AWS to run their websites or apps for reasons including cost, storage, efficiency, and security.

  • What are the different types of Cloud Computing?

There are three different types of cloud computing: Software-as-a-Service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). These make up the Cloud Computing stack with Software ranked highest, followed by Platform and Infrastructure.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps


This course dives into the fundamental elements of AWS compute services, discussing the features and advantages of each one.


By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to create your first Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Management Console.


You will learn the steps to launch and configure a Windows virtual machine using Amazon AWS.


This course explains how to implement both ELB and EC2 Auto Scaling and how they work together.


Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals


An explanation of the core components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure


This course covers the wide range of storage services within AWS, their key features, and when and why you would use them.


Learn to create your first Amazon S3 bucket, create a logical folder for organizational purposes, and upload content to it and set custom metadata using the S3 console


EC2 instances can use multiple storage volumes, learn how to add and manage them using EBS.


Knowledge Check: AWS Storage Fundamentals


This course gives you an overview of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud and its associated networking components.


Learn how to create an isolated network using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)


Knowledge Check: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Neptune.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 1


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon Redshift, Amazon QLDB, Amazon DocumentDB, and Amazon Keyspaces.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 2


You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.


Understand where your security responsibility starts and ends with the shared responsibility models


This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.


Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)


Final Exam: Fundamentals of AWS

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Andrew is an AWS certified professional who is passionate about helping others learn how to use and gain benefit from AWS technologies. Andrew has worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.  His favorite Amazon leadership principle is "Customer Obsession" as everything AWS starts with the customer. Passions around work are cycling and surfing, and having a laugh about the lessons learnt trying to launch two daughters and a few start ups.