AWS Academy Cloud Computing Architecture

Start date: TBD

End date: TBD

Duration: 40 hours

Schedule: See below
  • Cost: $775 (subject to change). This course is not one of our 1$/hour Emploi Quebec courses.

    Cloud Computing Architecture is an AWS Academy curriculum designed to help students develop technical expertise in cloud computing and prepare them for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam. The curriculum is delivered through instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, and project work. Students have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, hands-on labs, a free practice certification exam, and a discount voucher for the certification exam.

    Cloud Computing Architecture teaches students how to:

    • Identify the value and benefits of cloud computing and AWS
    • Understand methods and tools to maintain security and protect data
    • Explain the financial advantages of the AWS cloud
    • Navigate the AWS Management Console
    • Differentiate between AWS storage options
    • Understand AWS compute and networking options
    • Describe and use AWS database options
    • Identify deployment and management options
    • Make decisions based on recommended architectural principles and best practices
    • Create a cloud migration roadmap and plan
    • Use AWS to make infrastructure scalable
    • Create a business continuity plan and achieve high availability
    • Create event-driven scaling
    • Automate the deployment of cloud resources
    • Design architectures to decouple infrastructure and reduce interdependencies
    • Optimize data storage for static content
    • Identify best practices prescribed in the Well-Architected framework
    • Identify and solve common configuration and design issues
    • Differentiate between architectures for data processing and analytics, mobile back-ends, and video transcoding
    • Understand the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam structure and questions

    Schedule: Wednesdays (3.5h 6:30pm-8pm), Saturdays (6.5h 8:30am-4pm, except for June 15 - 6h), one Tuesday and one Thursday (3.5h - 18:30-22:00)

    Dates: Saturday, June 1; Wed, June 5; Saturday, June 8; Wed, June 12; Saturday, June 15; Mon, June 17; Wed, June 19; Tuesday, June 25; Thursday, June 27.

  • Delivery Method

    This curriculum is delivered using a blend of:

    • Instructor-led training
    • Hands-on Labs
  • Learning Progress

    Student progress will be assessed using:

    • Knowledge assessments – 20 online knowledge assessments across the curriculum
    • Hands-on labs – 15 online labs across the curriculum
    • Group discussions
    • Projects – scenario-based exercises consisting of written and lab requirements reinforcing
      topics within the curriculum
  • Admission Requirements

    Cloud Computing Architecture requires a strong foundation in IT concepts and skills. For details of curriculum pre-requisites, see below:

    Data Center Concepts
    Basic concepts of data center design philosophies, architecture, and operation of modern data centers, including:
    • Hardware (servers, racks, storage, and networking devices)
    • Software (virtualization)
    • Connectivity (backbones and peering)
    • Offsite backup services
    • Understand typical networking devices (e.g., switches, routers), protocols (e.g., Ethernet, IPv4 protocol stack, HTTP), and services (e.g., DNS, DHCP)
    • Know how to configure IP settings on common operating systems and devices
    • Understand networking subnetting
    • Describe common network appliances (e.g., firewall, load balancer, and proxy) and their functions
    Servers and Systems Administration
    • Install and manage Windows or Linux operating systems, manually or unattended
    • Install applications, manually and via packaged deployments (e.g., RPM, MSI or yum)
    • Manage system security by administering users and groups, assigning permissions to resources, and configuring personal firewalls
    • Preferred: Understand distributed systems concepts including fault tolerance, high availability, configuration management, and automation
    • Understand common storage architecture and concepts related to servers and application environments (e.g., RAID, clustering)
    • Differences between types of storage (e.g., file, block)
    • Preferred: How file systems work (e.g., NTFS or ext4)
    • Understand common methods used to secure data centers, including:
      • Access control and identity management
      • Securing data in transit (e.g., SSH, SSL or TLS) and at rest (e.g., AES or SHA)
    • Conceptual understanding of common database technologies and solutions, including:
      • Relational (e.g., MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle SQL)
      • NoSQL (e.g., Cassandra or MongoDB)
      • Preferred: Distributed frameworks (e.g., Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark or Presto)
    Preferred: Scripting and Configuration Management
    • Comfortable reading scripts in one or more scripting languages (e.g., Bash, Python, Java, C#, Ruby or PowerShell)
    • Conceptual knowledge of configuration management solutions (e.g., Puppet or Chef)
    Preferred: Application Development
    • Conceptual understanding on how applications are built, and the tools and methods used to manage development, such as:
      • Version control solutions (e.g., Git, Perforce or BitBucket)
      • Development tools (e.g., code review solutions and development collaboration solutions)

    Individuals that have previously completed AWS Academy Cloud Foundations (ACF) already possess the required foundation of IT concepts and skills.

  • Outline

    UNIT 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing
    • What is Cloud Computing?
    • Leveraging Cloud Computing
    • Cloud Economics and Total Cost of Ownership
    UNIT 2: Getting Started with AWS
    • AWS Compute, Storage, and Networking
      • Lab: Working with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
      • Lab: Creating Amazon EC2 instances with Microsoft Windows
      • Lab: Build Your Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and Launch a Web Server
    • AWS Security, Identity, and Access Management
      • Lab: Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • AWS Database Options
      • Lab: Build Your Database Server and Interact with Your Database using an Application
    • AWS Elasticity and Management Tools
      • Lab: Scale and Load Balance Your Architecture
    UNIT 3: Architecting on AWS
    Part 1: Introduction to System Design
    • AWS Essentials Review
    • Designing Your Environment
      • Lab: Deploy a Web Application on AWS
      • Group discussion: Forklift an Existing Application onto AWS
    • System Design for High Availability (Part I & II)
      • Lab: Making Your Environment Highly Available
    Part 2: Automation and Serverless Architectures
    • Event-Driven Scaling
      • Lab: Using Auto Scaling with AWS Lambda and Lifecycle Hooks
    • Automating Your Infrastructure
      • Lab: Creating an Amazon VPC with AWS CloudFormation
    Mid-curriculum project
    • Decoupling Your Infrastructure
    • Designing Web-Scale Storage
      • Lab: Caching Static Files with Amazon CloudFront
      • Lab: Implementing a Serverless Architecture with AWS Managed Services
      • Group discussion: Build an Environment for a New Web Application
    Part 3: Well-Architected Best Practices
    • Introducing the Well-Architected Framework
    • Well-Architected Pillar 1: Security
    • Well Architected Pillar 2: Reliability
      • Lab: Multi-Region Failover with Amazon Route 53
    • Well Architected Pillar 3: Performance Efficiency
    • Well Architected Pillar 4: Cost Optimization
      • Lab: Launching EC2 Spot Instances with Auto Scaling and Amazon CloudWatch
    Part 4: Deployment and Implementation
    • Troubleshooting
    • Design Patterns and Sample Architectures
      • Lab: Using AWS Services to Enhance a Web Application
    Final project


  • Cost

    • 775* (This course is not one of our 1$/hour Emploi Quebec courses.)

    *Subject to change.

    Further details

    Fee Payment

    Fees must be paid at the time of registration. This can be done by cash, INTERAC, VISA or MASTERCARD.


    There is a fee of $6.00* per day or you can purchase a special parking pass for the month, semester, or year. You must provide your license plate number in order to purchase your parking pass. Parking passes will be sold at the beginning of classes. No refunds on tickets or parking passes.

    *Subject to change

    Course Cancellation/Refund Policy

    • 100% for courses cancelled by the College.
    • 100% for withdrawal requests received before the first scheduled class.
    • 50% for withdrawal requests received before the second class.

    There is no refund for non-credit courses cancelled after the second class.

    All requests for refunds must be made in writing (emails are accepted) and will be considered effective the date they are received by Continuing Education.

    Note: Please allow at least three (3) weeks for the processing of your refund request.

    The College reserves the right to cancel courses for administrative reasons such as insufficient enrollment. Students who have registered for a course which has been cancelled will be informed. They may select another course or have their fees refunded.