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New courses and updates from AWS Training and Certification in April 2023

Each month, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training and Certification releases new courses, learning resources, and certification updates to equip individuals and organizations with the skills to work with AWS services and solutions. In April 2023, we released 15 digital training products on AWS Skill Builder, including AWS Jam Journey: Security re:Invent and a new AWS Builder Lab – both for AWS Skill Builder subscribers – and three learning plans for cloud essentials, Media and Entertainment, and Amazon Connect. We are updating the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam in early July. And learners who complete all 12 assignments in AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner can earn a 25% off exam voucher for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

New AWS Skill Builder subscription features

AWS Skill Builder Individual and Team subscriptions provide on-demand AWS Cloud training for individuals, organizations, and AWS Partners, with access to engaging, interactive experiences – when, where, and how they prefer to learn. Building on Skill Builder’s online learning center of 600+ free digital courses and learning plans, Skill Builder subscriptions offer 125+ AWS Builder Labs; role- and industry-based gamified experiences via AWS Cloud Quest and AWS Industry Quest; open-ended AWS Jam challenges designed to teach AWS best practices, and AWS Certification exam preparation. Team subscription is available in 62 countries, with additional country availability throughout 2023.

AWS Jam Journey

AWS Jam Journey is a gamified, experiential learning path to build AWS skills with real-world challenges, available with AWS Skill Builder subscription. AWS Jam Journey: Security re:Invent is our latest Jam Journey offering, joining DevOps, analytics re:Invent, security, networking, machine learning, databases, and games.

AWS Builder Labs

AWS Builder Labs are guided, self-paced, interactive learning in an AWS Management Console practice environment. We added the following lab to our collection of 125+.

Migrate Multiple Servers with Cloud Migration Factory on AWS (2 hours, advanced). Learn how migration projects work, discover servers and applications using AWS Application Discovery Service, and how to migrate servers with AWS Application Migration Service.

AWS Skill Builder – free learning plans and digital badges

Cloud Essentials Learning Plan is designed to help individuals who are new to the AWS Cloud build an overall understanding of cloud fundamentals. When you pass the online assessment at the end of this learning plan, you earn a digital badge.

Media and Entertainment (M&E): Direct to Consumer and Broadcast Foundations Learning Plan is designed to help M&E solution experts, executives, industry professionals, and technologists learn AWS services and best practices to apply to Broadcast and Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) workflows in the cloud. When you pass the online assessment at the end of this learning plan, you earn a digital badge. Learn more.

Amazon Connect Learning Plan is designed to help individuals deepen knowledge and expertise about Amazon Connect. Within, our new course, Amazon Connect: Implementing Customer Profiles (75-minute, intermediate) helps technical professionals learn how to configure Customer Profiles, how to integrate with other applications, and set up identity management.

AWS Skill Builder – free digital courses

Getting Stated with Amazon Comprehend (90 minutes, fundamental). Learn the use cases and benefits of Amazon Comprehend, how to build a custom classifier to classify documents, and a custom entity recognizer to recognize specific entities in text. This demonstration training is available for free. Upgrade to an AWS Skill Builder subscription to access an enhanced version with a corresponding AWS Builder Lab.

Introduction to AWS Application Migration Service (2 hours, fundamental). Learn key concepts, basic architecture, implementation approaches, and the step-by-step process of a migration using AWS Application Migration Service.

AWS Cloud Essentials for Business Leaders – Telecommunications (2 hours, fundamental). Learn the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and how a cloud strategy can help companies in the telecommunication (telecom) industry meet business objectives.

Getting Started with AWS Database Migration Service (60 minutes, fundamental). Learn the features and functionality of AWS Database Migration service (DMS) and how to quickly plan, migrate, operationalize homogeneous and heterogeneous databases on AWS using AWS Database Migration Service (DMS).

Analyzing, Visualizing, and Gaining Insights from AWS IoT Devices (45 minutes, intermediate). Learn about Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Timestream, Amazon Managed Grafana, AWS IoT Analytics, and how to visualize IoT device data using the AWS Cloud.

Build with Amazon DocumentDB (60 minutes, intermediate). Learn to configure, launch, connect, deploy and monitor an Amazon DocumentDB cluster.

Managing AWS IoT Devices at Scale (3.5 hours, intermediate). Learn about Internet of Things (IoT) groups, IoT Fleets, provisioning, AWS IoT Fleet monitoring, and become familiar with how to manage IoT devices using the AWS Cloud.

AWS Training for Partners

AWS Partner: Pricing and Licensing (30 minutes, fundamental). Designed for customer-facing or sales professionals at AWS Partner organizations, learn how to explain the basics of AWS pricing and licensing to customers, including the fundamental AWS pricing philosophy, pricing components, and pricing models for AWS core services.

AWS Partner: Security and Compliance (30 minutes, fundamental). Designed for customer-facing or sales professionals at AWS Partner organizations, learn the fundamentals of AWS Cloud security and compliance, including how security is managed with AWS, how to respond to customer concerns or objections about security and compliance in cloud adoption, and how to identify resources for additional information.

AWS Certification exam updates and preparation

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam is being updated to reflect changes in trends, the industry landscape, and the work practices of cloud professionals. This certification validates your expertise creating and implementing security solutions for the AWS Cloud, following best practices to meet stakeholder and customer requirements.

Registration for the updated AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam opens June 13, 2023, and is available to take starting July 11, 2023. If you are preparing for the current exam, be sure to take it before July 10, 2023. Those exploring the updated exam can rely on curated prep resources from AWS available on AWS Skill Builder, and accessible on the exam page. Note: the updated exam (SCS-C02), available starting July 11, 2023, will not be available in German.

To prepare for the updated AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam:

AWS Cloud Quest – 25% off certification exam voucher

Complete all 12 assignments in AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner and get 25% off your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, from now until June 30, 2023. AWS Cloud Quest: Cloud Practitioner is available to learners for free and is a game-based learning experience to help you build practical AWS Cloud skills. Exam discount voucher expires on 08/01/2023 00:00:01 UTC. View terms and eligibility.