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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

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

Educators

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

Students

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  • Land a well-paid job in one of the fastest-growing industries
  • Gain skills hiring managers value
  • Receive 50% discounts on AWS Certification exams

Employers

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About the curriculum

AWS Academy offers courses and learning resources that enable students to develop a range of skills in the AWS Cloud.
  • Cloud Foundations
  • Developing
  • Architecting
  • Operations
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics
  • Learner Labs
  • Cloud Foundations
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

     

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  • 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.

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  • 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

    AWS Academy Learner Labs – Foundation vs. Associate

    AWS Academy offers two types of Learner Labs – Foundation for students learning the basics and Associate for more complex assignments.

    AWS Academy Learner Lab - Foundation

    • Available to all AWS Academy educators that complete our Educator Orientation course
    • Access to more than 40 AWS services

    AWS Academy Learner Lab - Associate

    • Available to accredited educators
    • Educators must be accredited to teach at least one AWS Academy Associate level course in order to create an AWS Academy Associate Level Learner Lab
    • Includes access to over 100 AWS services

Educator access levels

Foundation Services

  • When educators are nominated to teach they are enrolled in AWS Academy Cloud Foundations and AWS Academy Machine Learning Foundations as students for self-study and preparation
  • AWS Academy Foundation Level educators can teach AWS Academy Cloud Foundations and AWS Academy Machine Learning Foundations courses
  • Access to AWS Academy Learner Lab - Foundation Services
  • Optional: AWS Academy Foundation Level Educators can request a voucher to take an AWS Certification Exam

Associate Services

  • Educators can teach the AWS Academy Associate Level course they are accredited for (AWS Academy Cloud Developing, AWS Academy Architecting, AWS Academy Cloud Operations, AWS Academy Data Analytics)
  • Educators can teach the AWS Academy Foundation Level courses  (AWS Academy Cloud Foundations, AWS Academy Machine Learning)
  • Access to AWS Academy Learner Lab – Associate Services
  • Access to AWS Academy Learner Lab – Foundation Services
  • AWS Academy Educators request and receive a discounted exam voucher for each AWS Certification exam they opt to pursue

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
  • Nominates one or more educators for educator accreditation
  • Proposes a class delivery plan

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

AWS Academy Member Institutions

Explore the list of active AWS Academy member institutions around the world.
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Educator accreditation

To teach our Associate Level courses, educators must earn AWS Academy educator accreditation*. Educators receive complimentary training and professional development as they pursue AWS Certification and AWS Academy accreditation.

Step 1

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Complete an AWS Academy course

Step 2

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Obtain an AWS Certification

Step 3

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Pass a technical validation

Step 4

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Receive your AWS Academy educator accreditation

*Accreditation process applicable only for Associate courses — no certification required for Foundation Level, but is recommended.

AWS Academy Insights

Employers

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