AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam (SAA-C03)

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Training Description

Duration: 5 days

About the Course

Validate your technical skills and expertise with this industry-recognized credential and grow your career. Our AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Boot Camp is an intense hands-on course covering the most current requirements for Amazon AWS Solutions Architect certification. Learn how to optimize the use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how these services fit into cloud-based solutions. We emphasize AWS cloud best practices and dive into labs designed to help students better understand AWS solutions.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for those who perform a solutions architect role and have one or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Certification Exam

This bootcamp will prepare you for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03) Exam.


  • Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services
  • Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services
  • Ability to identify and define technical requirements for an AWS-based application
  • Ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement
  • Knowledge of recommended best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform
  • An understanding of the basic architectural principles of building on the AWS Cloud, the AWS global infrastructure, network technologies as they relate to AWS, and security features/tools that AWS provides and how they relate to traditional services

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

Training Solutions

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.



  • Instructor-Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor-Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Our courses are boosted with The Academy’s exam prep methodology so your course content will always be up-to-date with the most current version of the exam. The following topics are general guidelines for the content.

Module 1: AWS Overview

  • How to become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
  • The evolution of AWS
  • Learn basic concepts about regions and availability zones
  • Understand the many service offerings of AWS at a high level and the use cases for each

Module 2: Security Basics with AWS IAM

  • Understand the importance of a strong security posture
  • Understand the basic features of Identity and Access Management (IAM) including multi-factor authentication, usernames and passwords, and permissions

Hands-on Lab 1: Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

Module 3: Storage

  • Learn about S3 simple file storage and identify durability characteristics and use cases
  • Understand objects and the components that they include such as keys, values, versions, and metadata
  • Define an S3 bucket and learn how to configure them in the AWS Console
  • Understand how to secure an S3 bucket
  • Differentiate between S3 tiers including Infrequent Access, Reduced Redundancy, and Glacier
  • Understand the CloudFront Content Delivery Network and how it can be used to improve website performance
  • Understand the use cases for a Gateway Stored Volumes, Gateway Cached Volumes, and Virtual Tape Libraries
  • Differentiate Import/Export, Snowball, and Transfer Acceleration, and how each can be used to move large amounts of data into AWS

Hands-on Lab 2: Introduction to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
Hands-on Lab 3: S3: Multi-region Storage Backup with Cross-Region Replication
Hands-on Lab 4: Introduction to AWS Key Management Service
Hands-on Lab 5: Introduction to CloudFront

Module 4: EC2

  • Understand virtual server and EC2 instance concepts
  • Differentiate EC2 tiers and their use cases
  • Understand Reserved and Spot Instances
  • Differentiate EC2 instance types that are optimized for different workloads
  • Understand gp2, io1, and st1 volume types
  • Create virtual disks for an instance
  • Create a Windows EC2 instance
  • Configure a RAID array
  • Create an EC2 Instance Store
  • Create a custom AMI
  • Configure a Security Group that controls inbound and outbound traffic
  • Apply a Security Group to one or more EC2 instances
  • Understand the concept of a Stateful Firewall

Hands-on Lab 6: Introduction to Amazon EC2
Hands-on Lab 7: Working with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

Module 5: Managing EC2 Instances

  • Configure Elastic Load Balancer and use health checks to monitor instances
  • Understand CloudWatch and use it to monitor resources and applications
  • Log AWS API calls using CloudTrail
  • Monitor traffic within a VPC using VPC Flow Logs
  • Use the AWS Command Line to manage EC2 instances
  • Use Auto Scaling to increase or reduce EC2 capacity based on conditions that you configure

Hands-on Lab 8: Working with Elastic Load Balancing
Hands-on Lab 9: EC2 Auto Scaling

Module 6: Route53

  • Learn the fundamentals of DNS
  • Configure a hosted zone in Route53
  • Modify DNS records
  • Differentiate and configure Route53 Routing Policies
    Hands-on Lab 10: Working with Route53

Module 7: Database Services

  • Understand different database types
  • Create an RDS Instance
  • Back-up and take snapshots of RDS database instances
  • Scale-out RDS using Read Replicas
  • Use Multi-AZ RDS to create a highly-available database service
  • Understand DynamoDB concepts
  • Create a DynamoDB table
  • Understand Elasticache at a high level
  • Create an Aurora instance that is compatible with MySQL

Hands-on Lab 11: RDS
Hands-on Lab 12: DynamoDB
Hands-on Lab 13: Aurora

Module 8: Virtual Private Cloud

  • Create a logically isolated section of the AWS cloud and define your own virtual network
  • Create different network zones for publicly accessible instances and backend systems
  • Connect your site to the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) over a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Configure Network Address Translation (NAT) to translate public IP addresses to a private IP address range
  • Create an Access Control List (ACL) to secure a network

Hands-on Lab 14: Build a VPC
Hands-on Lab 15: Audit your AWS Environment

Module 9: AWS Application Services

  • Understand the value of creating de-coupled applications
  • Create a messaging queue using Amazon Simple Queuing Service (SQS)
  • Use Simple Workflow (SWF) to order complex processes
  • Send email, text, and HTTP notifications and alerts using Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Import code and automatically create AWS resources using Elastic Beanstalk
  • Create templates that can be used to automate the entire AWS infrastructure using Cloud Formation
  • Use Lambda to create serverless functions and eliminate management tasks and resource waste
  • Use Elastic Transcoder to convert media into a variety of different formats

Hands-on Lab 16: Build a VPC using Cloud Formation

Note: This is an emerging technology course. The course outline is subject to change as needed.