Institution application

AWS Academy offers an institutionally embedded pathway for students and educators to gain AWS Cloud computing skills and knowledge that prepares them to compete for IT jobs and pursue industry-recognized AWS Certifications.  


AWS-authored, ready-to-teach curriculum allows member institutions to incorporate cutting-edge technology instruction into their course catalog.


Students and educators acquire AWS Cloud computing skills and knowledge through hands-on labs and practical, real-world learning opportunities as they advance toward AWS Certification.


AWS Academy Educators earn AWS Certification before teaching students. Students are prepared to pursue AWS Certification and validate their skill mastery.

AWS Academy currently offers two courses:

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

This course scaffolds learning up to focus on technical expertise in cloud computing and gaining the skills needed to pursue certification as an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. The course is delivered over 40 hours, through lecture, 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.

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

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 two educators for instructor accreditation

  • Proposes a class delivery plan

Accepted educators are provided resources to ensure they have the knowledge and tools they need to successfully deliver AWS Academy courses to their students.

  • Takes 2-6 months to complete

  • Approximately 20-60 hours of AWS Academy course content

  • Pass the AWS Certification exam aligned to course

  • Final presentation of selected curriculum concepts to AWS technical assessor
Institution application

Students who enroll in the AWS curriculum offered through their educational institution receive:

  • Up-to-date learning content on AWS Cloud technology, developed by AWS

  • Access to resources to help them prepare for in-demand, industry-recognized AWS Certification

  • A free practice exam and a 50% discount on the AWS Certification exam

If you would like to see AWS Academy curriculum offered at your educational institution, ask your educator or course representative (e.g., Department Chair, School Dean, etc.) to visit this webpage for information about the program.  


The AWS Academy curriculum is aligned to in-demand and industry-recognized AWS Certification. Learn more about the value of AWS Certification and explore helpful resources to prepare for your certification exam.


Students and educators can join AWS Educate to gain access to resources needed to accelerate AWS Cloud-related learning endeavors, including AWS Promotional Credits for hands-on experience with AWS technology. Learn more.

AWS Academy is currently available for the folllowing countries/regions:

United States
Finland Mexico Switzerland
Argentina France Netherlands Taiwan
Australia Germany New Zealand Thailand
Bahrain Hong Kong Philippines UAE
Belgium India Poland United Kingdom
Brazil Ireland Singapore  
Canada Israel South Africa  
Chile Italy South Korea  
China Japan Spain  
Colombia Malaysia Sweden  
South Africa
South Africa
South Korea
South Korea
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