learning pathBecoming an AWS Cloud Architect — Proficient
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Training content


If you've already got a good understanding of the AWS platform and wish to move into the job role of cloud architect, then this is the right place for you. Here we build upon the topics already covered in the Starter and Intermediate training plans, so check those out if you haven't already. The pre-assessment at the beginning of this learning path will also help you to understand where you stand in terms of ability.

We kick things off by looking at cloud security, covering KMS key encryption, AWS CloudHSM, and secrets manager — three services that will help you secure your AWS infrastructure. After that, we cover the serverless compute offerings of Elastic Beanstalk, VMware, and AWS Lambda.

You'll build upon your existing knowledge of Amazon S3 by looking at encryption, cost optimization, and data analytics within the service. We'll also look at automating database deployments, high availability in Amazon Aurora, using Secrets Manager to store RDS credentials, and logging data and querying in non-relational database services.

We'll show you how to migrate from an existing data center to AWS, before moving on to look at networking and logging. To round off this learning path, you will have a go at using several developer tools in a live AWS environment in order to troubleshoot and make updates to a pre-existing continuous deployment stack.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to use a variety of AWS services to secure your cloud infrastructure
  • Enhance your knowledge of AWS serverless and compute services including Elastic Beanstalk, VMware, and AWS Lambda
  • Learn advanced Amazon S3 skills relating to encryption, cost-efficiency, and data analytics
  • Enhance your knowledge of both relational and non-relational database services in AWS
  • Learn how to migrate from an existing data center to AWS
  • Enhance your knowledge of networking and VPCs, as well as monitoring and logging in AWS

Intended Audience

This learning path is intended for anyone looking to build cloud solutions on AWS and take the first step in their career as a cloud architect.


To get the most out of this learning path, you should have a solid understanding of the main components of AWS and how to build cloud solutions on the platform. If you haven't already done so, we recommend taking the Starter and Intermediate AWS Cloud Architect learning paths before taking this one.


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Andrew Larkin
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Andrew is fanatical about helping business teams gain the maximum ROI possible from adopting, using, and optimizing Public Cloud Services. Having built  70+ Cloud Academy courses, Andrew has helped over 50,000 students master cloud computing by sharing the skills and experiences he gained during 20+  years leading digital teams in code and consulting. Before joining Cloud Academy, Andrew worked for AWS and for AWS technology partners Ooyala and Adobe.