AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation

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Learning Path Overview

This Learning Path AWS certified cloud practitioner is designed specifically for students looking to gain an understanding of the concepts of cloud computing without technical detail. This training is intended for individuals who are looking to build and validate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. It is useful for individuals in technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial roles who work with the AWS Cloud.

The Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path is an ideal starting point for non-technical people looking to understand Cloud Computing from a business perspective. With a blend of instructional courses, hands-on labs, quizzes and a preparation exam, this Learning Path helps you prepare and master the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.  

Learning Objectives

This learning path will enable you to: 

  • Describe the AWS Cloud value proposition
  • Describe the AWS Cloud and the AWS global infrastructure
  • Recognize and explain basic AWS Cloud architectural principles
  • Describe key services on the AWS platform and their common use cases
  • Describe the basic security and compliance aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model
  • Define the billing, account management, and pricing models
  • Describe basic/core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud

Intended Audience 

  • Those looking to get certified for the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification


  • Candidates will benefit from already having a basic understanding of IT services, the AWS platform and the product services it offers


This Learning Path starts by outlining the basics of cloud computing before introducing you to the AWS services and solutions relevant to the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam. 

Introduction to Cloud Concepts: You will learn about the benefits and economics of building IT services in the AWS cloud, as well as general best practices including those within the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

Overview of AWS Services: You will learn how core services work across the AWS cloud, including:

  • Compute
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Database
  • Security
  • Management Services

Introduction to Cloud Security: The Learning Path will cover essential security concepts, including best practices and the Shared Responsibility Model, encryption, access management as well as multiple services managing compliance.

Cloud Billing and Pricing: After completing this Learning Path, you'll not only learn how AWS pricing generally works, but how it varies specifically from service to service, what tools AWS makes available to manage account costs, and the customer support options available for every AWS account.

Quizzes and a final Preparation Exam: This Learning Path includes a final preparation exam to help prepare you for the questions you can expect on the exam within a timed environment. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam enables individuals to prove their knowledge with an accredited industry certificate. This exam covers four domains including cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing.


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What is AWS certified cloud practitioner?

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner course provides individuals with an overall understanding of the AWS cloud platform. It is the foundational level of AWS certification. Many individuals continue on to a specific certification after completing Cloud Practitioner. The certification offers an overview of core services offered by AWS, security, network and cloud pricing, and the available support services.

How do I prepare for this AWS certification?

The recommended path to follow in preparation of the certification exam is:

  • Complete all steps to this learning path
  • Study the exam guide 
  • Take the preparation exam a number of times
  • Review multiple AWS whitepapers for additional information
  • Schedule your exam

How long does it take to become AWS certified?

The time required is based strictly on your level of commitment and existing experience. Once you have completed this learning path ensure you set aside time to research any areas you feel the weakest in.

Do AWS certifications expire?

AWS certifications are valid for three years. You will receive a notification before your certification credentials are set to expire, so you can prepare for recertification.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps


This course introduces and explains the requirements of the Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation for AWS learning path.


This course provides an introduction to Cloud Computing and its key concepts, deployment models, and service models.


Knowledge Check: What is Cloud Computing?


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 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


This course introduces you to two widely-used AWS database services: the Amazon Relational Database Service — known as RDS — and Amazon DynamoDB.


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


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


This course introduces you to two services that are used to manage DNS and content delivery within AWS: Amazon Route 53 and Amazon CloudFront.


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


This course covers the basic AWS security services, and how they protect AWS cloud solutions.


In this course, you'll learn how to manage AWS Cloud services including CloudTrail, Config, Trusted Advisor, CloudWatch, and Personal Health Dashboard.


In this course, you'll learn more about AWS architecture and infrastructure.


In this course, you’ll learn about the various billing and cost management services available, what they do, and when they can best help you.


This course summarizes the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation learning path.


Cert Prep: Certified Cloud Practitioner for AWS

About the Author
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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 80+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 100,000 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.

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