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


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


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


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


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 two courses:

AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

This introductory course provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. This course is designed to be delivered over 20 hours, and prepares students to pursue becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.

AWS Academy Cloud Architecting

This course focuses on teaching technical expertise in cloud computing and the skills needed to pursue AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate. This course is delivered over 40 hours, through lectures, hands-on labs, and project work. Participants have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, hands-on labs, a free practice exam, and a discount voucher for the certification exam.

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


Eligible Countries

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