AWS Academy

AWS Cloud computing curricula for higher education institutions to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications
and in-demand cloud jobs.

Bridging the Gap Between Industry and Academia

As cloud technologies continue to help organizations transform their businesses at a rapid pace, employees with the necessary cloud skills are in high demand. Industry research from Global Knowledge shows that two-thirds of IT decision-makers are reporting a gap between their team’s skill levels and the knowledge required to achieve organizational objectives. AWS Academy is working to solve that problem. AWS Academy enables diverse education institutions to deliver curriculum and hands on learning experiences to prepare students for employment in cloud roles.

AWS Academy: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry

Program Benefits for Educators and Students

Access AWS-Authored Curriculum

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Ready-to-teach curriculum allows member institutions to incorporate instruction in their course catalog. Regular updates from AWS reflect the pace of cloud computing innovation and best practices.

Build Skills Aligned with AWS Certification

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Educators and students acquire AWS Cloud computing skills through hands-on practical experience and can prepare for AWS Certification with complimentary practice exams and 50% discounts on full exams.

Educators Earn Accreditation

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Educators access complimentary AWS professional learning and personal support to achieve AWS Certification before teaching AWS Academy courses directly to students.

Grow the AWS Cloud Workforce

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With AWS Academy curriculum, students get hands-on, practical experience working in live environment, helping them gain the real-world experience needed to pursue industry jobs.

About the Curriculum

AWS Academy currently offers four unique courses, enabling students to develop a range of skills and experiences in the AWS Cloud.

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

This introductory course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. It contains 20 hours of course content and prepares students to pursue an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

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.

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.

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.

AWS Academy Educator Insights

Lina M. Quintero, M.Sc, ICESI University
Dr. Sanjay Bansal, Acropolis Institute of Technology and Research
José Martínez, PhD, University of Houston
Dr. John Burns, TU Dublin

How to Join

Participation Criteria

AWS Academy membership begins at the institution level. Post-secondary educational institutions should meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Institution is located in an eligible country
  • Institution offers accredited degree, diploma, certificate, or continuing education programs in Computer Science, Engineering, or any discipline with a cloud computing interest.
  • Applicant is authorized to act as the Central Point of Contact (CPOC) for the educational institution they represent, or be able to provide the name and contact information of someone who can act in this capacity.

Getting Started

The AWS Academy application process starts with submitting an institution application to the AWS Academy team. If the institution meets basic program eligibility criteria, the application process proceeds, and the institution:

  • Accepts program Terms & Conditions
  • Nominates one or more educators for instructor accreditation
  • Proposes a class delivery plan

Educator Accreditation

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Eligible Countries

AWS Academy is currently available for the following countries/regions:
United States
Denmark Luxembourg
South Korea
Argentina Finland Malaysia Spain
Australia France Mexico Sweden
Bahrain Germany Netherlands Switzerland
Belgium
Hong Kong New Zealand Taiwan
Brazil India Philippines Thailand
Canada Ireland Poland UAE
Chile Israel Portugal
United Kingdom
China Italy Singapore  
Colombia Japan South Africa  
South Africa
South Africa
Singapore
Singapore
Hong Kong
Hong Kong