AWS Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03) Certification Preparation for AWS

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Description

This certification Learning Path is specifically designed to prepare you for the updated AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) exam released in August 2022. This learning path covers the knowledge required to master the domains outlined in the exam blueprint. Throughout this learning path, you will be guided via our courses, hands-on labs including some lab challenges, blog posts, webinars, and a preparation exam at the end, all of which are focused on areas that will be assessed within the exam.   

Intended Audience

This learning path is suitable for anyone wanting to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate SAA-C03 exam. As defined in the exam blueprint, which can be found here, the exam has been designed for individuals wanting to master the solutions architect role. The AWS SAA-C03 certification can verify and validate your knowledge within this area by effectively demonstrating your ability to architect solutions using best practice design principles, in a secure and robust way. 

This learning path is curated specifically to prepare you for passing the AWS Solution Architect Associate exam. We only cover the aspects and services likely to feature in the exam.

Once you have passed the exam we suggest completing the Cloud Architect Role Personal Training Plan. In that Training Plan, we go into more depth on architecture concepts and services. That content is designed to equip you for being performant in the Cloud Architect role.

Learning Objectives

The aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge across a number of different key areas, which have been defined by AWS as being able to:

  • Effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies
  • Define a solution using architectural design principles based on customer requirements
  • Provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the life cycle of the project

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 4 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

Domain 1: Design Secure Architectures 30% 

Domain 2: Design Resilient Architectures 26% 

Domain 3: Design High-Performing Architectures 24% 

Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures 20%

As you progress through the learning path, you will gain all the information and knowledge required to fulfill the domain expectations, gaining a deep understanding within each area.

AWS Architecture Lab Challenges

There's no better way to prepare for an AWS certification than working in the AWS console!

These SAA-C03 lab challenges provide real-world scenarios for you to solve, you can select any of the challenges in this learning path.

AWS Architecture Playgrounds

These playgrounds enable you to try out anything in the safety of a sandbox. The perfect way to get more familiar with the AWS services before sitting the SAA-C03 exam.

AWS Cloudformation Playground

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Playground

Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Playground

AWS Lambda Functions Playground 

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this learning path, you should already have some basic working knowledge of building cloud solutions on the AWS platform. If you are just starting out with AWS, we recommend taking our Fundamentals of AWS learning path first.

Feedback

We welcome all feedback and suggestions - please contact us at support@cloudacademy.com if you are unsure about where to start or if you would like help getting started.

Certificate

Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

1
Course - Intermediate - 21m
SAA-C03 Learning Path Introduction
This course introduces the SAA-C03 learning path, which has been designed to help you prepare for and pass the latest version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam.
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Course - Beginner - 2h 37m
UPDATED
Compute (SAA-C03)
Learn to select and apply AWS compute services to design resilient, performant and cost effective solutions
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Resource - Not defined - 10m
AWS Global Infrastructure: Availability Zones, Regions, Edge Locations, Regional Edge Caches
An explanation of the core components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Create Your First Amazon EC2 Instance (Linux)
By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to create your first Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Management Console.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h
Working with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Groups and Network Load Balancer
You will learn the steps to automatically scale up or down your EC2 infrastructure using Auto Scaling Groups.
6
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 45m
Introduction to AWS Lambda
Learn how to create and run your first AWS Lambda function.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Compute (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Compute (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Compute (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Compute (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 3h 30m
Storage (SAA-C03)
Learn how AWS Storage services enable resilient, performant, cost optimized architectures
10
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Using S3 Bucket Policies and Conditions to Restrict Specific Permissions
You will learn the steps to create and apply AWS S3 Bucket Policies with embedded conditions to restrict a user's ability to perform specific functions within S3 Buckets.  
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h
Handling S3 Objects Events With Lifecycle Policies and Server Access Logging
In this lab, you will create an S3 bucket and will implement the lifecycle policies to handle actions done on the objects. You will also log the operations done.
12
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 15m
Configuring a Static Website With S3 And CloudFront
In this lab, you'll learn how to configure static website hosting on Amazon S3 and configure static websites to work with CloudFront distributions.
13
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Introduction to the Elastic File System
Create and mount file systems to EC2 instances; read/write files to a file system as you work through this introductory lab on AWS Elastic File System.
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Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Storage (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Storage (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Storage (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Storage (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 2h 22m
Networking (SAA-C03)
How AWS Networking services are be used to design resilient and secure architectures
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Introduction to Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
Learn how to create an isolated network using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h 35m
Securing your VPC using Public and Private Subnets
Learn how to increment the network security creating a public and private subnet on VPC and filter traffic using network ACL
19
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 1h
Amazon CloudFront Challenge
Test your Amazon CloudFront skills in this hands-on lab where you are tasked with configuring caching for a web application.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Networking (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Networking (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Networking (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Networking (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 2h 43m
UPDATED
Databases (SAA-C03)
Learn how to select and apply the right AWS database services
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 15m
Create Your First Amazon RDS Database
You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.
24
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 10m
Introduction to DynamoDB
Move your first steps using DynamoDB. Create tables with and withoud secondary indexes, learn how to add new rows and query your data by using the AWS Management Console.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 15m
Improving Application Performance and Resiliency Using Amazon RDS Proxy
Learn how to use an Amazon RDS Proxy to make your database-backed applications more performant and resilient in this hands-on lab.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Databases (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Databases (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Databases (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Databases (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 2h 2m
High Availability (SAA-C03)
In this course, you'll learn to understand and master HA design patterns.
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Hands-on Lab Challenge - Intermediate - 1h
Implement Amazon VPC High Availability Best Practices
In this lab challenge, you will be assessing your practical ability to design for high availability and identify single points of failure in a production-like AWS environment.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: High Availability (SAA-C03)
Knowledge Check: High Availability (SAA-C03)
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Course - Beginner - 2h 48m
UPDATED
Architecture (SAA-C03)
In this course, you'll learn how to design solutions using a range of AWS services.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h
Preparing to Migrate Servers with the Application Discovery Service
In this hands-on lab, you'll install the AWS Application Discovery agent on a server, verify it's collecting data, and you'll query the collected data with Amazon Athena.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 30m
Migrating MySQL to PostgreSQL With the AWS Database Migration Service
Learn how to migrate a MySQL database to Amazon Aurora Postgres with the AWS Database Migration Service.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 55m
Manage Message Queues Using Amazon SQS
Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a fast, reliable, scalable, fully managed message queuing service. You can use SQS to transmit any volume of data, at any level of throughput, without losing messages or requiring other services to be always available.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Fan-Out Orders using Amazon SNS and SQS
Learn how to combine Amazon SNS and Amazon SQS to fan out order messages in this hands-on lab.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Architecture (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Architecture (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Architecture (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Architecture (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 3h 43m
Security (SAA-C03)
In this course, you'll learn how AWS Security services enable resilient architectures.
39
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Introduction to IAM
Learn how to create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 15m
Advanced Roles and Groups Management Using IAM
Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles 
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Exam - 30m
Knowledge Check: Security (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Security (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Security (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Security (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 4h 53m
UPDATED
Management (SAA-C03)
Audit, monitor, and evaluate on AWS - learn the services that enable resilient and performant architectures.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Compliance Check Using AWS Config Rules (Managed & Custom)
Compliance check using AWS Config Rules: See how AWS Config can enhance your security and compliance with AWS managed rules and custom rules with AWS Lambda
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h 15m
Monitoring AWS CloudTrail Events with Amazon CloudWatch
In this lab, you'll learn how to configure and use AWS CloudTrail and CloudWatch in cooperation with each other to monitor AWS infrastructure and services.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Management (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
Knowledge Check: Management (SAA-C03) 1 of 2
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Management (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
Knowledge Check: Management (SAA-C03) 2 of 2
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Course - Beginner - 1h 57m
Encryption (SAA-C03)
In this course, you'll learn how to use AWS encryption services to enable secure architectures.
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Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 45m
Encrypting S3 Objects Using SSE-KMS
This lab explores how to encrypting S3 objects in AWS using SSE-KMS.
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Hands-on Lab Challenge - Intermediate - 2h
AWS Solutions Architect - Associate Certification Challenge
This lab challenge will help confirm your knowledge of the material presented in the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate certification learning path.
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Exam - 35m
Knowledge Check: Encryption (SAA-C03)
Knowledge Check: Encryption (SAA-C03)
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Course - Beginner - 2m
What's Next? (SAA-C03)
Now that you've come to the end of the learning path, this course walks you through some final pointers that you should know before taking the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) exam.
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Exam - 2h 10m
Cert Prep: Certified Solutions Architect - Associate for AWS (SAA-C03)
Cert Prep: Certified Solutions Architect - Associate for AWS (SAA-C03)
About the Author
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Danny has over 20 years of IT experience as a software developer, cloud engineer, and technical trainer. After attending a conference on cloud computing in 2009, he knew he wanted to build his career around what was still a very new, emerging technology at the time — and share this transformational knowledge with others. He has spoken to IT professional audiences at local, regional, and national user groups and conferences. He has delivered in-person classroom and virtual training, interactive webinars, and authored video training courses covering many different technologies, including Amazon Web Services. He currently has six active AWS certifications, including certifications at the Professional and Specialty level.