Specifically designed to help you prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect - Professional Certification, this hands-on oriented Learning Path provides over 70 hours of interactive content comprised of hands-on labs, video courses, and a preparation exam. This training content has been carefully created to help you study for this AWS certification. The certification demands that the candidate demonstrates the ability to architect and deploy AWS solutions for different scenarios following AWS's best practices. The AWS Solution Architect Professional Certification requires its candidates to be comfortable architecting, securing, migrating, optimizing deployments and managing full production operations on AWS.
This learning path is suitable for those wanting to pass the AWS Solutions Architect - Professional Certification Exam.
This is one of the two Professional level certifications available with AWS and it's guided to those who already have experience with AWS, and ideally, have already passed the AWS Solutions Architect - Associate exam, but this is not a prerequisite in taking this certification.
This learning path includes 43 high definition video courses, 19 hands-on labs, 2 blog/ebook resources and a final preparation exam.
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:
- Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS
- Select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements
- Migrate complex, multi-tier applications on AWS
- Design and deploy enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS
- Implement cost-control strategies
As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 5 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:
Domain 1: Design for organization complexity 12.5%
Domain 2: Design for new solutions 31%
Domain 3: Migration planning 15%
Domain 4: Cost control 12.5%
Domain 5: Continuous improvement for existing solutions 29%
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 of each area.
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Learning Path Steps
This course introduces the Solutions Architect – Professional Certification Preparation for AWS learning path.
This course covers the wide range of storage services within AWS, their key features, and when and why you would use them.
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.
Knowledge Check: AWS Storage Fundamentals
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
In this course, we outline the key storage options for big data solutions in AWS.
Broad introductory lab on Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). Get started today!
Learn how to use the Amazon Redshift service. Create a cluster with a database, copy data from S3, query data using SQL, and resize the cluster.
In this beginner-level course, you'll learn the basics of the Amazon ElastiCache service.
This course dives into the fundamental elements of AWS compute services, discussing the features and advantages of each one.
Using Elastic Load Balancing & EC2 Auto Scaling to Support AWS Workloads
This course explains how to implement both ELB and EC2 Auto Scaling and how they work together.
Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals
Application Load Balancers support content-based routing, and supports applications that run in containers. They support a pair of industry-standard protocols (WebSocket and HTTP/2) and also provide additional visibility into the health of the target instan...
During this lab we will understand how to launch an Auto Scaling group behind a Classic Load Balancer
This course gives you an overview of the AWS Virtual Private Cloud and its associated networking components.
Knowledge Check: Working with AWS Networking and Amazon VPC
This course looks at how to design your AWS Virtual Private Cloud through the use of different VPC Subnet and Routing configurations.
Learn how to increment the network security creating a public and private subnet on VPC and filter traffic using network ACL
In this course, you'll be introduced to the IPsec security protocol and understand what it is and why and where it is useful.
Set Up VPN Connections with an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud using dynamic routing (BGP), and manage traffic using multi-homed routers
This course walks you through AWS Route 53 and managing domain registrations, traffic routing, and health checks to optimize access to your Amazon infrastructure.
This course explains the various features and use cases of Amazon CloudFront and includes a walkthrough of how to create a Web Distribution.
In this course, you'll learn to design greater applications using managed services in a decoupled environment and understand the differences between SQS, SES, and SNS.
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.
In this introductory course, you will learn to recognize and explain the core components of Amazon Kinesis and where those services can be applied.
In this course, you'll learn about the key features and core components of Kinesis Analytics, and what an end-to-end real-time data streaming example looks like.
Deploy a Highly Available Serverless Application Using AWS Services
Learn how to deploy a highly available website using AWS, with a scenario based on challenges, like time restrictions, and cost limitations many websites face.
Learn how to create and run your first AWS Lambda function.
Automating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch EventsAutomating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch Events
In this course, you'll learn how to identify the appropriate data processing technologies needed for big data scenarios.
In this course, you'll learn about Amazon Rekognition, a service that enables you to easily and quickly integrate computer vision features directly into your own applications.
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)
Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles
In this course, you'll learn about security mechanisms around AWS Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting, using a variety of services.
Authentication, Authorization & Accounting
Multiple AWS Account Management using AWS Organizations
This course looks at how to secure your big data within AWS by implementing different data encryption options.
In this course, you'll learn about the S3 encryption and decryption process for S3 Managed Keys, KMS Managed Keys, and Customer Provided Keys.
In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...
In this lab, you'll learn about Amazon Key Management Service to encrypt S3 and EBS Data at an intermediate level. Get started today!
AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Intermediate
This course gets you started with AWS CloudHSM by giving you an overview of the basics of the service, what it is, and its use cases.
This course covers the fundamentals of intrusion detection and prevention on Amazon Web Services.
This course introduces you to AWS Identity Federation and includes a demo on how to use it.
In this course, we will learn practical planning techniques for migrating business applications to public cloud services.
In this course, you'll learn about the AWS Database Migration Service and the AWS Database Schema Conversion Tool and how they can be used to migrate data.
In this course we will learn to recognize and explain the migration services available from AWS and AWS partners, and how to run a migration using the AWS Server Migration Service.
This course is a "live" scenario discussion where the Cloud Academy team tackle a migration project.
Getting Started with an Amazon Web Services Solution: Real World Practices
In this course, we will untangle the AWS landscape and teach you everything you need to know to build applications on AWS.
This course explores the various tools, technologies, and vocabularies surrounding the continuous integration ecosystem.
This course introduces AWS CodeCommit and explains how it can be used to manage your source code.
This course will familiarize you with the AWS CodeDeploy service and ensure you know when and where to use it within your own software projects.
This course will familiarize you with the AWS CodePipeline service and ensure you know when and where to use it within your own software projects.
Follow the application lifecycle from dev to prod: continuous integration, rollbacks and blue/green deployments with AWS Code Services.
In this course, you'll learn advanced AWS CloudFormation skills, including nested stacks, custom resources, continuous integration, and event automation.
Scalable DevOps: Using CloudFormation for Whole VPC Stacks.
In this course, you'll learn how to design your deployment processes to best fit business needs.
This course covers AWS Elastic Beanstalk, its uses, how it's configured and the various monitoring options available.
This course is an introduction to the Amazon ECS Container Service (ECS).
A hands-on lab showing you how to use Amazon CodeBuild and EC2 Container Service to perform a blue-green deployment.
In this course, you'll learn how to create and deploy REST APIs via API Gateway to expose HTTP endpoints, AWS Lambda functions, and other AWS services.
This course walks you through how to create an API using the AWS API Gateway service.
In this course, you'll learn how to create a multi-tier serverless architecture on AWS using Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions and Amazon Polly text to speech.
With this course, you'll get a high-level overview of how to monitor EC2, and how to react to resource changes.
This course provides an introduction to the AWS CloudTrail service, looking at all its features and components.
AWS CloudTrail Intermediate
In this course, you'll learn how AWS Config allows you to have visibility of your entire AWS infrastructure from a configuration perspective.
AWS Config Intermediate
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
This course dives into the AWS Trusted Advisor service to explain how it works and how you can use it to benefit your AWS account.
AWS Billing and Cost Management Tools eBook
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.
In this lab you will learn how to create EC2 spot instances, how they can be used in AWS and how to handle instance interruptions.
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.
This course reviews and summarizes the Solutions Architect – Professional Certification Preparation for AWS learning path.
Cert Prep: Certified Solutions Architect - Professional for AWS
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 90+ 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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