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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications

Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect — Associate

Includes all content for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

June Session

Reserved for Private Corporate Training

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


August Session

Saturdays, August 3 – September 7, 2024

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Course Registration Fee:

  • Early Bird: $995.00 (EXTENDED TO JULY 29th EOD)
  • Regular registration fee: $1,195.00 (Regular registration fee starts on July 15th, 2024.)

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification training at UH is online — live, synchronous, real-time, instructor-led, virtual classroom. This is a comprehensive, instructor-led with hands-on whiteboard discussions and labs training. The training covers 100% of the content for both certifications, the AWS Cloud Practitioner and the AWS Solutions Architect — Associate. Immediately after the training, participants will be prepared to take and pass both certification exams.

In addition, our training offers unmatched and unheard benefits including, among others: 

  • Re-taking the full training free of charge in any future session
  • We cover 100% content for the certification exam
  • Office hours during the week in case anyone has questions or has missed a session
  • Instructor meets with participants either before the session for the day starts or after the session at their request
  • After each session, the certified instructor stays online with the group until all questions are answered from everyone.
  • Complementary recorded sessions for all content, including demonstrations and execution of the labs, to review asynchronously at any time when you need it.
  • All whiteboard content discussed (i.e. architecture diagrams and representations) are saved and shared with the participants for their records
  • Comprehensive architecture reference representation diagrams of AWS services and where they fit in the architecture and how they integrate with other services
  • Additional $100 discount for a referral
  • Additional $200 rebate for US armed services veterans and UH alumni
  • Special prices for Corporate Training for 30+ groups

In collaboration with the AWS Academy, the certified instructors use the content, labs, knowledge assessments, practice exams, use cases, and all other material. developed and operated by AWS Academy. The training is scheduled for six (6) consecutive Saturdays, so it does not interrupt the working week. That is approximately 45 hours of training, not including the weekly office hours and all the meeting sessions outside of the training regular schedule.

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AWS Academy


The University of Houston is the only AWS Academy member university in the Houston area and among the first to offer the AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification training to help information technology professionals build the skills and credentials and propel their careers in information technology. AWS Academy university members have access and use the training content, resources and lab environments developed by the AWS Academy specifically for the AWS Cloud Practitioner and AWS Solutions Architect certification exams.

Become an Expert

With the comprehensive, live instructor-led with hands-on whiteboard discussions and labs. AWS Certification training offered by the University of Houston, you will build unmatched technical expertise and advanced skills that improve your knowledge, arm you with the latest best practices; and, prepare you for the AWS Cloud Practitioner and the AWS Solutions Architect certification exams.

You will also work with a multitude of hands-on labs as well as real-time whiteboard architecture-based discussions on how the AWS services fit and integrate with other services within the architecture.


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About the Instructor

José C. Martínez, Ph.D.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Certified Instructor
  • AWS Academy Leadership Council, Member
  • AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador
  • Associate Professor, Instruct, Computer Information Systems

Learn to

  • Identify the value and benefits of cloud computing and AWS
  • Understand methods and tools to maintain security and protect data
  • Explain the financial advantages of the AWS cloud
  • Navigate the AWS Management Console
  • Differentiate between AWS storage options
  • Understand AWS compute and networking options
  • Describe and use AWS database options
  • Identify deployment and management options
  • Make decisions based on recommended architectural principles and best practices
  • Create a cloud migration roadmap and plan
  • Use AWS to make infrastructure scalable
  • Create a business continuity plan and achieve high availability
  • Create event-driven scaling
  • Automate the deployment of cloud resources
  • Design architectures to decouple infrastructure and reduce interdependencies
  • Optimize data storage for static content
  • Identify best practices prescribed in the well-architected framework
  • Identify and solve common configuration and design issues
  • Differentiate between architectures for data processing and analytics, mobile back-ends, and video transcoding
  • Understand the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and Solutions Architect – Associate exams structure and questions

Who should pursue AWS certification?

Anyone interested in understanding the scope of cloud architectures or seeking knowledge in Cloud Computing and AWS, including, but not limited to:

  • IT Specialists (Infrastructure, Network, Software Developers, Information Security, Data, Operations, Deployment, Migrations, Administrators, etc.)
  • Project Mangers
  • Business Analysts
  • Development Mangers
  • Operations Managers
  • Solutions Architects
  • Solution Design Engineers

Practical Learning Experience

  • Mastering cloud computing architecture design requires a strong foundation in IT concepts and skills. Delivered through interactive instructor-led classes, students will receive:
  • Hands-on Experience with the AWS platform – 15 online labs, activities and projects across the curriculum
  • Detailed course content (manuals/presentation content with speaker notes, labs, video content, eLearning modules, and knowledge checks)
  • Online knowledge assessments after each module
  • Challenging scenario-based exercises and projects with lab requirements that reinforce topics within the curriculum

Instructor-led Sessions

The seven-week training includes a review of the best practice to study for the exams, including the unique opportunity to meet the instructor for a specialized Q&A and exam preparation session.

Preferred Prequisite Knowledge

AWS Solutions Architect — Associate Certification Content and Exam:

  • Familiarity with general networking concepts
    • Awareness of type of networks
    • Awareness of network security (i.e. firewalls, routers)
  • Familiarity with cloud computing concepts
    • Awareness of On-premise and off-premise infrastructures
  • Familiarity with distributed systems
    • Awareness of layered, multi-tier architectures
  • General IT technical knowledge
  • General IT business knowledge


We will cover all pertinent and relevant modules from both the Unit 1: Cloud Foundations and the Unit 2: Cloud Architecting that cover all the material for both certifications, the AWS Cloud Practitioner and the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate.

UNIT 1: Cloud Foundations

  • Module 1: Cloud Concepts Overview
  • Module 2: Cloud Economics and Billing
  • Module 3: AWS Global Infrastructure Overview
  • Module 4: AWS Cloud Security
  • Module 5: Networking and Content Delivery
  • Module 6: Compute
  • Module 7: Storage
  • Module 8: Databases
  • Module 9: Cloud Architecture
  • Module 10: Automatic Scaling and Monitoring

Unit 2: Cloud Architecting

  • Module 1: Welcome to Academy Cloud Architecting
  • Module 2: Introducing Cloud Architecting
  • Module 3: Adding a Storage Layer
  • Module 4: Adding a Compute Layer
  • Module 5: Adding a Database Layer
  • Module 6: Creating a Networking Environment
  • Module 7: Connecting Networks
  • Module 8: Securing User and Application Access
  • Module 9: Implementing Elasticity, High Availability, and Monitoring
  • Module 10: Automating Your Architecture
  • Module 13: Building Microservices and Serverless Architectures
  • Module 14: Planning for Disaster
  • Module 15: Bridging to Certification