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SimpliLearn: AWS Solution Architect


Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Architect

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This course will be an online self-paced period of instruction and will introduce you to the key concepts,
latest trends, and best practices for working with the AWS architecture. You will become an industry-ready AWS certified solutions architect, qualifying you for a position as a high-quality AWS professional. It is appropriate for any learner with no existing skills or prerequisites in these areas who has the time and willingness to put in a minimum of 5 hours of study-time a week.

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»Product Demo & Course Description

Product Demo

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Amazon Web Services Course Description

This AWS training course will make you exam-ready for the AWS Solution Architect Associate certification and will enable you to leverage your skills and expertise involving advanced cloud-based solutions, and migrating existing workloads to the cloud.
By the end of this AWS training you will be able to:

  • Formulate solution plans and provide guidance on AWS architectural best practices
  • Design and deploy scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS
  • Identify the lift and shift of an existing on-premises application to AWS
  • Decipher the ingress and egress of data to and from AWS
  • Select the appropriate AWS service based on data, compute, database, or security requirements
  • Estimate AWS costs and identify cost control mechanisms

»Curriculum & Course Details

The online Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Architect Certificate program is comprised of the following mandatory module:

  • AWS Solution Architect

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solution Architect

Cloud computing is on the rise, and now's a good time to master the strategies that will make your business grow and thrive.

This AWS certification training is aligned to the Amazon Web Services exam and is designed to help you understand its architectural principles and services. With this AWS training, you will learn how cloud computing redefines the rules of IT architecture and how to design and scale AWS Cloud implementations, using the best practices recommended by Amazon.

AWS certified solution architects can expect to take home as much as $126,000 per year. Don't let the cloud computing revolution pass you by. Master this AWS certification and be a part of change.

The course begins with an overview of the AWS platform before diving into its individual elements: IAM, VPC, EC2, EBS, ELB, CDN, S3, EIP, KMS, Route 53, RDS, Glacier, Snowball, Cloudfront, Dynamo DB, Redshift, Auto Scaling, Cloudwatch, ElastiCache, CloudTrail, and Security. Practice assignments and three live projects are designed to give you hands-on experience with the AWS management console.

Course Outline

Introduction: Course Overview

Lesson One: AWS Overview

Lesson Two: Designing Highly Available, Cost-Efficient, Fault Tolerant, Scalable Systems

Lesson Three: Identity Access Management (IAM)

Lesson Four: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Lesson Five: Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Lesson Six: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Lesson Seven: Amazon Route 53

Lesson Eight: Databases

Lesson Nine: Application Services

Lesson Ten: Security Practices for Optimum Cloud Deployment

Lesson Eleven: Disaster Recovery

Lesson Twelve: Troubleshooting

Lesson Thirteen: AWS Solutions Architect Exam




  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess word processing and internet skills.
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing).
  • Have a familiarity with computers, how online programs work, and comfort in using them.
  • Possess reliable internet access and a valid email account. (Personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to trigger fire walls and spam filters.)
  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications listed on this site. 
  • Pay tuition in full.
  • Sign and return program Terms of Use form.  Program access will not be granted until form has been returned via email to
  • Test drive the program! Send an email to with your name and email address in the body of the email. A password will be sent via email granting time-limited access to the product demo.

Admission is discretionary. The office of Community Education and SMC Extension, requires students be at least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Santa Monica College students and student privileges do not apply to Communiy Education and Extension students.

Santa Monica College Community Education and SMC Extension reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.  

The materials used in this course, including video lessons, workbooks, quizzes and tests, are copyrighted. They are intended for individual use by registered students.  Unauthorized or illegal use, or attempted unauthorized or illegal use, of these materials may result in a suspension and/or cancellation of the user's account.

Certificate requirements

Step 1: Complete Required Module

  • AWS Solution Architect

Step 2: Attain a minimum score of 80% on the final assessment test.

Quizzes and Testing

The quizzes located throughout each module test students' knowledge to help prepare them for the cumulative test at the end of each course.  Quizzes are not graded assignments, but they will help students determine their level of understanding prior to taking the final assessment for each module.During this time, students may access other modules and continue their learning. 

One graded test per course or sub-course is required, and students must pass with at least 80% accuracy.  Tests are timed and are in a multiple choice format.  Students will receive their grade upon completion of each test.  Students may attempt the module quizzes as many times as they like, but after three final test attempts they must request additional attempts individually.


Technical requirements

The following minimum technical requirements are supported*:

  • Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, 1GB RAM, Flash player 11
  • Mac OS X, 1GB RAM, Flash player 11
  • iOS 8,  Android 4 (for apps)

Students must also have the following:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Reliable internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 1Mpbs (typical DSL is 1.5 to 6Mbs) and web browser (Firefox, Chrome or Safari)
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)

*Course materials, such as streaming video lessons, are generally accessible via smart phones, but some functionality may be limited or unavailable.  Other devices such as Blackberries may not be supported. 

Technical questions should be directed to our affiliate, Simplilearn, by sending an email to Hours of support are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, Pacific Time.  Technical support issues submitted prior to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday will typically be handled the same day, and in most cases no later than the next business day.

»Schedule & Registration


Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them! 

Note: our enrollment/registration system is a separate external system from that used for your online training and therefore access to online materials is not an automated process upon your registration and subsequent payment. Please allow a time delay of up to 5 business days to receive details via email regarding online access. This delay will not impact your "allotted" completion time for the program.

To enroll and receive program access:

  • Register for this program
  • Pay in full
  • Return the program Terms of Use form to our Community Education Program Manager with your signature (typically emailed to the student within five business days upon registering)
  • Upon completing the first three requirements, expect to receive within five (5) business days an email with login instructions.
    • (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to trigger fire walls and spam filters)
  • Once you receive your access email you are able to log in and begin your coursework.
  • Please note your 60-days of access begins on the date the access email is sent to you.
  • There is a calendar within the learning system to assist you with keeping track of time remaining in your access window to complete the program.

Registration Methods

Register by Phone at 310-434-3402 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time).


»Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?  

This AWS training course is ideal course is ideal for professionals who want to pursue a career in Cloud computing or develop Cloud applications with AWS. You'll become an asset to any organization, helping leverage best practices around advanced cloud based solutions and migrate existing workloads to the cloud.

What projects will I complete as part of the course?

The following projects are part of the AWS training course from Simplilearn.

  • Project 1: Create a custom VPC with public and private subnets on two availability zones and launch instances into each subnet.
  • Project 1: Launch two web servers and configure a load balancer and auto scaling.
  • Project 1: Configure RD Gateway on a VPC with a public and private subnet.

How long do students have access to this online program?

Students will have access to this program for 60-days from the date the access email is sent from SMC Community Education.

How long does the program take to complete?

This certificate program is an estimated 26 hours of combined instruction/study time that must be completed within 60 days from the date the access/login email is sent.  While completion time will vary by student, it is recommended that students commit between 5 and 10 hours per week to the coursework. Students should plan to begin their studies immediately upon being granted access.

What is Cloudlab?

CloudLab is a cloud-based AWS console environment lab that Simplilearn offers with the course to ensure a hassle-free execution of the hands-on project work. You'll be able to access a preconfigured environment in CloudLab via your browser that simulates the AWS console in use today. You'll have access to CloudLab from the Simplilearn LMS (Learning Management System) for the duration of the course.

What is a AWS certification?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the most well-known cloud platforms, comprising a collection of more than 70 cloud computing services, covering storage, networking, compute, database, analytics, application services, deployment and developer tools. The AWS certification will enable you to design, plan and scale AWS implementations and pave the way for an exciting career path in the cloud computing domain. The AWS certification will add weight to your technical understanding and skills in working with AWS principles.

What types of jobs require AWS Solution Architect certified professionals?

AWS Solution Architect Certified Professionals are required for solving operational issues in an organization and are also responsible for implementing new software for complex deployment, infrastructure, design and troubleshooting of cloud solutions. Cloud Developer, Cloud Software Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect and DevOps Engineer are examples of jobs that require AWS certification.

Why is the AWS certification so desirable?

AWS certification will verify your technical understanding and skills in the AWS domain and is highly desired by recruiters. AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate was the number one certification program of 2016, offering an average salary of $126,000, according to Forbes. There are more than 380,000 cloud computing jobs available around the world, and the need for certified cloud computing professionals is increasing every year.

For general faq-type questions on our Simplilearn online courses, visit General Program Questions.



Marc Weaver

AWS Solutions Architect & DB Expert, Author and Founder - Databasable.

Marc is an AWS solutions architect and Database Expert. He has over 15+ years of experience working with investment banks across the globe. He has authored courses on AWS solutions architecture and Database migration.

Please note that the monthly mentoring webinars and Q&A forum features are monitored by industry subject matter experts.

»Tuition & Funding Sources



Payment is due in full upon registration.

There are no books required for this program. Study guides for each module will be available for self-download.

Group Discount

Do you have a group, SMC or non-SMC entity, interested in training?

Contact the Program Manager at 310-434-3402 for details.

Funding Sources

Our Professional Certificate programs are not-for-credit and therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. Please note that we do not offer a payment plan for this program.


»Policies & Procedures

Refunds for Online Courses

There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.

A one-time 10 day extension may be granted to students who demonstrate in writing (via email to the reason required to complete the program.  Requests will be considered by the Program Manager and a response will be delivered via email. It is at the discretion of the Program Manager to determine if the situation warrants an extension.

If an extension is granted the student must complete the program within 10 days of receiving approval by email. No further extensions will be granted. If a student cannot finish the program within that extension window, and desires to finish the program, they will be responsible for purchasing the program again in its entirety at full tuition.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Not-for-credit programs at SMC Extension do not generate 1098-T forms in accordance with IRS guideline.


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  • Class Dates:  Open 
  • Duration:  60 Days 
  • Delivery:  Online,
    Self-paced Learning
  • Tuition:  $399


To Register:
Contact Information

To register or to receive more information about this program, please contact the Program Manager
at 310-434-3402 or email at



Class:  AWS Solution Architect

"I have attended AWS Solution Architect program from Simplilearn. The concepts were well explained and the lab sessions were useful. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to get to the depths of AWS. Thanks."

Vinayak Kumashi

BizTalk Lead at eTeam