AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03)

By Andru Estes
By Ryan Kroonenburg

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is one of the most demanded certifications. Take your career to the next level with essential skills for implementing cloud initiatives.

45 hours
  • 231 Lessons
  • 17 Hands-On Labs
  • 23 Course Quizzes
  • 4 Practice Exams

About the course

AWS Certified Solutions Architect is among the most valuable and sought-after cloud computing certifications in the world. We designed this cloud architect certification training for anyone seeking to learn the major components of Amazon Web Services (AWS). By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to pass the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification exam.

Who Is This Course For?

We’ll start with a broad overview of the AWS platform. No programming knowledge is needed, and no prior AWS experience is required. Even if you have never logged in to the AWS platform before, you’ll build the foundations to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam after completing our certification training.

What Is Included in This Course?

We know you’re busy, so our training course is made up of 5- to 15-minute videos that can be viewed at your convenience. Our video lessons keep it simple, explaining things clearly and succinctly. Together, we’ll walk you through each of the major areas of Amazon Web Services, step by step. Using real-life examples, we will practice how to effectively design and manage application infrastructure using AWS. At the end of each section, we’ll also test your knowledge with short quizzes to make sure you’ll be ready for the exam.

What Skills Will You Learn?

Not only will we cover the fundamentals of AWS architectural principles and services, we will also dive into each of the individual elements: IAM, S3, CloudFront, Storage Gateway, Snowball, EC2, CloudWatch, CLI, Lambda, Route 53, RDS, DynamoDB, Redshift, ElastiCache, Aurora, VPC, SQS, SNS, Elastic Transcoder, Kinesis, API Gateway, and so on.

AWS is constantly evolving their platform. We will continuously update this course with new content so you will never have to worry about missing out or failing the AWS certification test because of new content.

The ideal student for this course is ready to quickly break into cloud computing. You don’t have hours to spend on training. We get you up to speed in half the time as other certification courses. The course will help you prepare for a position as a qualified AWS solutions architect.

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently take the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam!

  • Chapter 1 5 Lessons Introduction 43:57

    Course Introduction

    3:12

    About the Training Architect

    3:11

    Exam Guide

    6:53

    Check Your Readiness for the CSA-A

    30:00 Quiz

    Course Updates

    0:41
  • Chapter 2 6 Lessons AWS Fundamentals 39:45

    The Building Blocks of AWS: Availability Zones and Regions

    8:05

    Who Owns What in the Cloud?

    5:44

    Compute, Storage, Databases, and Networking

    4:23

    What Is the Well-Architected Framework?

    3:01

    AWS Fundamentals Exam Tips

    3:32

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - AWS Fundamental Building Blocks Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 3 7 Lessons Identity and Access Management (IAM) 2:29:46

    Securing the Root Account

    5:29

    Controlling Users' Actions with IAM Policy Documents

    5:26

    Permanent IAM Credentials

    14:25

    IAM Exam Tips

    4:26

    Create and Assume Roles in AWS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Identity and Access Management (IAM) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 4 15 Lessons Simple Storage Service (S3) 3:21:47

    S3 Overview

    13:06

    Securing Your Bucket with S3 Block Public Access

    8:16

    Hosting a Static Website Using S3

    8:07

    Versioning Objects in S3

    7:49

    S3 Storage Classes

    11:22

    Lifecycle Management with S3

    5:10

    S3 Object Lock and Glacier Vault Lock

    6:19

    Encrypting S3 Objects

    9:01

    Optimizing S3 Performance

    8:02

    Backing up Data With S3 Replication

    8:25

    S3 Exam Tips

    11:10

    Setting up Cross-Region S3 Bucket Replication

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Create a Static Website Using Amazon S3

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Creating Amazon S3 Buckets, Managing Objects, and Enabling Versioning

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Simple Storage Service (S3) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 5 16 Lessons Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 4:28:46

    EC2 Overview

    15:40

    Demo: Launching an EC2 Instance

    9:24

    AWS Command Line

    12:32

    Using Roles

    9:18

    Security Groups and Bootstrap Scripts

    8:41

    EC2 Metadata and User Data

    7:00

    Networking with EC2

    6:15

    Optimizing with EC2 Placement Groups

    4:15

    Solving Licensing Issues with Dedicated Hosts

    2:48

    Timing Workloads with Spot Instances and Spot Fleets

    10:22

    Deploying vCenter in AWS with VMware Cloud on AWS

    3:24

    Extending AWS Beyond the Cloud with AWS Outposts

    3:45

    EC2 Exam Tips

    10:22

    EC2 Instance Bootstrapping

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    Using EC2 Roles and Instance Profiles in AWS

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 6 11 Lessons Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Elastic File System (EFS) 2:29:29

    EBS Overview

    16:38

    Volumes and Snapshots

    12:53

    Protecting EBS Volumes with Encryption

    8:42

    EC2 Hibernation

    3:37

    EFS Overview

    7:03

    FSx Overview

    3:35

    Amazon Machine Images: EBS vs. Instance Store

    9:08

    AWS Backup

    3:30

    EBS Exam Tips

    9:23

    Reducing Storage Costs with EFS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Elastic File System (EFS) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 7 15 Lessons Databases 2:32:16

    Relational Database Service (RDS) Overview

    17:25

    Increasing Read Performance with Read Replicas

    8:50

    What Is Amazon Aurora?

    5:34

    DynamoDB Overview

    5:54

    When Do We Use DynamoDB Transactions?

    3:51

    Saving Your Data with DynamoDB Backups

    1:54

    Taking Your Data Global with DynamoDB Streams and Global Tables

    9:51

    Operating MongoDB-Compatible Databases in Amazon DocumentDB

    3:05

    Running Apache Cassandra Workloads with Amazon Keyspaces

    1:57

    Implementing Graph Databases Using Amazon Neptune

    2:45

    Leveraging Amazon Quantum Ledger Database (Amazon QLDB) for Ledger Databases

    3:34

    Analyzing Time-Series Data with Amazon Timestream

    2:21

    Databases Exam Tips

    10:15

    Setting up a WordPress site using EC2 and RDS

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Databases Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 8 16 Lessons Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Networking 2:50:06

    VPC Overview

    8:33

    Demo: Provisioning a VPC - Part 1

    11:28

    Demo: Provisioning a VPC - Part 2

    16:33

    Using NAT Gateways for Internet Access

    6:17

    Protecting Your Resources with Security Groups

    3:33

    Controlling Subnet Traffic with Network ACLs

    14:56

    Private Communication Using VPC Endpoints

    6:04

    Building Solutions across VPCs with Peering

    3:46

    Network Privacy with AWS PrivateLink

    3:01

    Securing Your Network with VPN CloudHub

    1:58

    Connecting On-Premises with Direct Connect

    4:58

    Simplifying Networks with Transit Gateway

    2:56

    5G Networking with AWS Wavelength

    2:23

    VPC Networking Exam Tips

    8:40

    Build Solutions across VPCs with Peering

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Networking Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 9 11 Lessons Route 53 1:25:13

    Route 53 Overview

    13:44

    Register a Domain Name

    7:57

    Demo: Using a Simple Routing Policy

    4:34

    Demo: Using a Weighted Routing Policy

    9:22

    Demo: Using a Failover Routing Policy

    8:01

    Demo: Using a Geolocation Routing Policy

    3:42

    Demo: Using a Geoproximity Routing Policy

    4:50

    Demo: Using a Latency Routing Policy

    5:42

    Demo: Using a Multivalue Answer Routing Policy

    5:10

    Route 53 Exam Tips

    7:11

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Route 53 Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 10 9 Lessons Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) 1:53:19

    ELB Overview

    4:13

    Using Application Load Balancers

    15:20

    Extreme Performance with Network Load Balancers

    3:29

    Using the Classic Load Balancer

    6:36

    Getting "Stuck" with Sticky Sessions

    2:26

    Leaving the Load Balancer with Deregistration Delay

    2:25

    ELB Exam Tips

    3:50

    Application Load Balancers for Web Servers

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Load Balancing Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 11 7 Lessons Monitoring 2:55:20

    CloudWatch Overview

    14:57

    Application Monitoring with CloudWatch Logs

    12:55

    Monitoring with Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus and Amazon Managed Grafana

    7:56

    Monitoring Exam Tips

    4:32

    Implement Advanced CloudWatch Monitoring for a Web Server

    30:00 Hands-On Lab

    Work with AWS VPC Flow Logs for Network Monitoring

    1:30:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Monitoring Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 12 8 Lessons High Availability and Scaling 1:40:46

    Horizontal vs. Vertical Scaling Overview

    5:59

    What Are Launch Templates and Launch Configurations?

    10:57

    Scaling EC2 Instances with Auto Scaling

    17:19

    Diving Deeper into Auto Scaling Policies

    17:56

    Scaling Relational Databases

    12:35

    Scaling Non-Relational Databases

    10:04

    High Availability and Scaling Exam Tips

    10:56

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - HA and Scaling Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 13 12 Lessons Decoupling Workflows 2:10:02

    Decoupling Workflows Overview

    8:35

    Messaging with SQS

    14:59

    Sidelining Messages with Dead-Letter Queues

    12:25

    Ordered Messages with SQS FIFO

    12:01

    Delivering Messages with SNS

    15:21

    Fronting Applications with API Gateway

    10:35

    Executing Batch Workloads Using AWS Batch

    12:12

    Brokering Messages with Amazon MQ

    6:02

    Coordinating Distributed Apps with AWS Step Functions

    8:52

    Ingesting Data from SaaS Applications to AWS with Amazon AppFlow

    6:54

    Decoupling Workflows Exam Tips

    7:06

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Decoupling Workflows Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 14 10 Lessons Big Data 1:18:57

    Exploring Large Redshift Databases

    10:35

    Processing Data with EMR (Elastic MapReduce)

    7:59

    Streaming Data with Kinesis

    9:05

    Amazon Athena and AWS Glue

    6:33

    Visualizing Data with QuickSight

    4:53

    Moving Transformed Data Using AWS Data Pipeline

    7:19

    Implementing Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK)

    6:47

    Analyzing Data with Amazon OpenSearch Service

    4:35

    Big Data Exam Tips

    6:11

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Big Data Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 15 16 Lessons Serverless Architecture 2:50:29

    Serverless Overview

    6:46

    Computing with Lambda

    16:45

    Leveraging the AWS Serverless Application Repository

    3:37

    Container Overview

    11:26

    Running Containers in ECS or EKS

    13:14

    Removing Servers with Fargate

    13:38

    Amazon EventBridge (CloudWatch Events)

    8:48

    Storing Custom Docker Images in Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR)

    6:29

    Using Open-Source Kubernetes in Amazon EKS Distro

    1:56

    Orchestrating Containers Outside AWS Using Amazon ECS Anywhere and Amazon EKS Anywhere

    8:04

    Auto Scaling Databases On Demand with Amazon Aurora Serverless

    6:02

    Using AWS X-Ray for Application Insights

    6:18

    Deploying GraphQL Interfaces in AWS AppSync

    1:59

    Serverless Architecture Exam Tips

    5:27

    Triggering AWS Lambda from Amazon SQS

    45:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Serverless Architecture Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 16 23 Lessons Security 2:41:05

    DDoS Overview

    5:38

    Logging API Calls with CloudTrail

    3:27

    Protecting Applications with Shield

    3:55

    Filtering Traffic with AWS WAF

    3:17

    Guarding Your Network with GuardDuty

    2:55

    Centralizing WAF Management via AWS Firewall Manager

    1:46

    Monitoring S3 Buckets with Macie

    4:04

    Securing Operating Systems with Inspector

    3:01

    Managing Encryption Keys with KMS and CloudHSM

    7:58

    Storing Your Secrets in Secrets Manager

    3:04

    Storing Your Secrets in Parameter Store

    1:38

    Temporarily Sharing S3 Objects Using Presigned URLs or Cookies

    5:39

    Advanced IAM Policy Documents

    9:11

    AWS Certificate Manager

    2:20

    Auditing Continuously with AWS Audit Manager

    1:52

    Downloading Compliance Documents from AWS Artifact

    2:10

    Authenticating Access with Amazon Cognito

    5:21

    Analyzing Root Cause Using Amazon Detective

    2:47

    Protecting VPCs with AWS Network Firewall

    2:36

    Leveraging AWS Security Hub for Collecting Security Data

    1:23

    Security Exam Tips

    12:03

    Using Secrets Manager to authenticate with an RDS database using Lambda

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Security Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 17 7 Lessons Automation 2:08:57

    Why Do We Automate?

    10:04

    CloudFormation

    14:19

    Elastic Beanstalk

    10:48

    Systems Manager

    11:33

    Automation Exam Tips

    7:13

    Getting Started with CloudFormation

    1:00:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Automation Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 18 6 Lessons Caching 1:00:16

    Caching Overview

    6:26

    Global Caching with CloudFront

    11:27

    Caching Your Data with ElastiCache and DAX

    7:52

    Fixing IP Caching with Global Accelerator

    11:22

    Caching Exam Tips

    8:09

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Cache (Lowering Latency) Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 19 18 Lessons Governance 3:28:37

    Managing Accounts with Organizations

    12:20

    Sharing Resources with AWS RAM

    10:32

    Setting Up Cross-Account Role Access

    7:39

    Inventory Management with AWS Config

    10:19

    Offloading Active Directory to Directory Service

    4:57

    Exploring with Cost Explorer

    8:19

    Using AWS Budgets

    9:13

    Optimizing Costs with AWS Cost and Usage Reports

    3:38

    Reducing Compute Spend Using Savings Plans and AWS Compute Optimizer

    8:40

    Auditing with Trusted Advisor

    8:12

    Enforcing Account Governance via AWS Control Tower

    8:43

    Managing Software Licenses in AWS with AWS License Manager

    2:44

    Monitoring Health Events in the AWS Personal Health Dashboard

    6:12

    Standardizing Deployments Using AWS Service Catalog and AWS Proton

    4:52

    Optimizing Architectures with the AWS Well-Architected Tool

    3:21

    Governance Exam Tips

    8:56

    Using AWS Tags and Resource Groups

    1:15:00 Hands-On Lab

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Governance Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 20 10 Lessons Migration 1:20:50

    Migrating Data with AWS Snow Family

    9:27

    Storage Gateway

    7:48

    AWS DataSync

    5:15

    AWS Transfer Family

    4:57

    Moving to the Cloud with Migration Hub

    8:01

    Migrating Workloads to AWS Using AWS Application Discovery Service or AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN)

    6:56

    Migrating Databases from On-Premises to AWS with AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS)

    10:17

    Replicating and Tracking Migrations with AWS Migration Hub and AWS Server Migration Service (AWS SMS)

    5:48

    Migration Exam Tips

    7:21

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Migration

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 21 6 Lessons Front-End Web and Mobile 29:24

    Front-End Web and Mobile Overview

    1:04

    Quickly Deploying Web Apps with AWS Amplify

    3:47

    Testing App Services Using AWS Device Farm

    1:56

    Engaging Customers with Amazon Pinpoint

    4:17

    Front-End Web and Mobile Exam Tips

    3:20

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) - Front-End Web and Mobile Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 22 10 Lessons Machine Learning 51:49

    Machine Learning Overview

    1:37

    Analyzing Text Using Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Kendra, and Amazon Textract

    6:06

    Predicting Time-Series Data Using Amazon Forecast

    2:35

    Protecting Accounts with Amazon Fraud Detector

    1:55

    Working with Text and Speech Using Amazon Polly, Amazon Transcribe, and Amazon Lex

    5:16

    Analyzing Images via Amazon Rekognition

    3:39

    Leveraging Amazon SageMaker to Train Learning Models

    8:17

    Translating Content into Different Languages with Amazon Translate

    1:49

    Machine Learning Exam Tips

    5:35

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) - Machine Learning Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 23 5 Lessons Media 21:16

    Media Overview

    0:41

    Converting Media Files with Amazon Elastic Transcoder

    1:51

    Streaming Live Video in AWS Using Amazon Kinesis Video Streams

    2:35

    Media Exam Tips

    1:09

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) - Media Quiz

    15:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 24 8 Lessons Exam Preparation 8:37:43

    Revision for Success

    10:42

    Tackling Exam Questions

    11:20

    Booking Your Certification Exam

    9:27

    Preparing for Remote Proctored Exams

    6:14

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Practice Exam - 1

    2:00:00 Quiz

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) - Practice Exam - 2

    2:00:00 Quiz

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) - Practice Exam 3

    2:00:00 Quiz

    AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C03) - Practice Exam 4

    2:00:00 Quiz
  • Chapter 25 1 Lesson Conclusion 1:02

    Conclusion

    1:02

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