AWS Academy

Empowering higher education institutions to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the cloud


Bridging the gap between industry and academia

As cloud technologies continue to help organizations transform at a rapid pace, employees with the necessary cloud skills are in high demand. According to LinkedIn data, cloud computing is the number one hard skill companies need most.

AWS Academy provides higher education institutions with a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs. Our curriculum helps educators stay at the forefront of AWS Cloud innovation so that they can equip students with the skills they need to get hired in one of the fastest-growing industries.

Program benefits

Institutions

  • Become a leader in cloud education
  • Develop and retain educators

Educators

  • Access innovative cloud courses
  • Receive complimentary AWS professional training
  • Receive 50% discounts on AWS Certification exams

Students

  • Land a well-paid job in one of the fastest-growing industries
  • Gain skills hiring managers value
  • Receive 50% discounts on AWS Certification exams
  • Exclusive access to the Emerging Talent Community upon course completion

Employers

About the curriculum

AWS Academy offers courses and learning resources that enable students to develop a range of skills in the AWS Cloud. Approved educators have access all AWS Academy courses and AWS Academy Learner Lab. 

  • Cloud Foundations
  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

    This introductory course is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support.

    AWS Academy Introduction to Cloud: Semester 1

    In this introductory course, students will explore AWS services and technologies, and how they can support businesses across the globe. Students will also learn to build on the AWS Management Console, examine successful cloud implementations, and apply their knowledge to cloud-based scenarios.

    AWS Academy Introduction to Cloud: Semester 2

    Extending upon the concepts from AWS Academy Introduction to Cloud: Semester 1, students will continue to explore cloud computing services, applications, and use cases. Students will dive deeper into cloud computing best practices and learn how the cloud helps users develop a global infrastructure at scale by leveraging innovative technologies.

    Recommended progression option 1
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Recommended progression option 2
    Course
    AWS Academy Introduction to Cloud: Semester 1
    Course
    AWS Academy Introduction to Cloud: Semester 2
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Developing
  • AWS Academy Cloud Developing

    This intermediate-level course will help students gain technical expertise in development with cloud technologies. It will also help them prepare for the AWS Certified Developer - Associate certification exam. Upon completion, students will be able to develop with the AWS SDK and identify best practices for building and deploying applications in the AWS Cloud. This course contains approximately 40 hours of content delivered through lectures and hands-on labs.  

    We recommend that students take AWS Academy Cloud Foundations or equivalent before taking this course.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Developing
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Developer - Associate
  • Architecting
  • AWS Academy Cloud Architecting

    This intermediate-level course covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on AWS and helps students gain the skills they need to pursue the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification. This course contains approximately 40 hours of content delivered through lectures, hands-on labs, and project work.

    We recommend that students take AWS Academy Cloud Foundations or equivalent before taking this course.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Architecting
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  • Operations
  • AWS Academy Cloud Operations

    This intermediate-level course will prepare students to pursue in-demand DevOps, support, and cloud operations roles at the entry level. It will also help them prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam. Through case studies, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, students will learn how to troubleshoot various scenarios and automate deployments of networks and systems on AWS. This course contains approximately 40 hours of content delivered through lectures and hands-on labs.

    We recommend that students take AWS Academy Cloud Foundations or equivalent before taking this course.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Operations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
  • Machine Learning
  • AWS Academy Machine Learning Foundations

    This introductory course introduces students to the concepts and terminology of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). By the end of this course, students will be able to select and apply ML services to resolve business problems. They will also be able to label, build, train, and deploy a custom ML model. This course contains approximately 20 hours of content delivered through lectures, hands-on labs, and project work.

    AWS Academy Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing

    This intermediate-level course is designed for students who are pursuing careers that require machine learning knowledge. Students will learn how to describe the terms in the natural language processing (NLP) ecosystem; identify how to use NLP in business; and indicate the range of problems, tasks, and solutions with NLP.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Machine Learning Foundations
    Course
    AWS Academy Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing
    Resources
    AWS Resources and additional hands-on experience
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Machine Learning - Specialty
  • Data Analytics
  • AWS Academy Data Analytics

    These lab exercises teach students how to conduct Big Data analysis with practical, real-world examples. The labs and learning resources are designed to supplement an institution’s existing data analytics courses and provide students with hands-on experience working with data at scale. Geared toward students interested in pursuing careers in data analysis, AWS Academy Data Analytics requires a strong foundation in IT concepts and skills, and it contains seven-and-a-half hours of content.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Labs
    AWS Academy Data Analytics
  • Data Centers
  • AWS Academy Engineering Operations Technicians (EOT)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and skills required for the Engineering Operations Technician role in a Data Center environment. Students will learn about topics such as data center basics, data center physical infrastructure, electrical fundamentals, and data center batteries and generators.
    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    Course
    AWS Academy Engineering Operations Technicians (EOT)
    AWS Academy Data Center Technician (DCT)

    This course is designed to help students develop technical expertise in data center operations. Although this is a foundational course, students should possess a general knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering concepts.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    Course
    AWS Academy Data Center Technician (DCT)
  • Security
  • AWS Academy Cloud Security Foundations

    This course is designed to help students gain a foundational knowledge of cybersecurity principles and services for cloud computing through a guided hands-on approach. This course includes demonstrations, instructional guides, and real-life scenarios.

    Recommended progression
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Foundations
    E x a m
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    Course
    AWS Academy Cloud Security Foundations
  • Learner Labs
  • AWS Academy Learner Labs

    Long-running hands-on lab environments where educators can bring their own assignments and invite their students to get experience using select AWS Services.

    What can you do with AWS Academy Learner Labs?

    • Create a class for your students
    • Invite your students
    • Assign your own projects
    • View a student’s workspace
    • View analytics including time and money spent
    • Includes access to over 100 AWS services
    • Available to all AWS Academy educators that complete the Getting started with AWS Academy course

How to join

Participation criteria

AWS Academy membership begins at the institution level. Institutions that meet following criteria can apply:

  • Institution offers accredited degree, diploma, certificate, or continuing education programs.
  • Applicant is authorized to act as the Central Point of Contact (CPOC) for the institution they represent or can provide the name and contact information of someone who can act in this capacity.

Getting started

Once the application is accepted, the institution:

  • Accepts program Terms & Conditions
  • Central Point of Contact will nominate one or more educators to teach AWS Academy courses
  • Proposes a class delivery plan

Is your institution already a member? Visit the AWS Academy portal »

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