AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional) (PLA)

L3 Level 3
Part Time
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About this course

There is a huge demand for certified AWS Solutions Architects, capable of providing implementation guidance throughout the life cycle of a project, and who can architect and deploy secure, robust applications on AWS technologies. 

Moving to the next stage of your AWS journey, this course is for you If you’re an experienced Solutions Architect capable of designing multi-tier, hybrid and enterprise scale solutions with AWS services.

Aimed at professionals who perform a Solutions Architect role and have at least two years, hands-on experience of managing and operating systems on AWS. Please read Entry Requiremnents

This 4x day course runs regularly, delegates will arrange course start dates directly with the course provider once they have been approved for funding.

What you will study

AWS Solutions Architect Professional Syllabus:

  • Apply the AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • Manage multiple AWS accounts for your organisation
  • Connect an on-premises data centre to the AWS Cloud
  • Discuss billing implications of connecting multi-region VPCs
  • Move large data from an on-premises data centre to AWS
  • Design large data stores for the AWS Cloud
  • Understand different architectural designs for scaling a large website
  • Protect your infrastructure from distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks

Teaching and assessment

This 4 day course is delivered online via a virtual Classroom, on weekends; Saturday – Sunday (9:00am - 6:00pm). 
You will need a PC/Laptop with microphone and camera. 

The course runs on consecutive weekends. There will be additional study hours in your own time.  

Following 4x days of study, learners will book their own exams at a time to suit them.

Exam Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer.
Duration: 180 mins.

Entry requirements

This certification has been developed for those who are already working within a Solutions Architect role, with at least two years’ experience. It is recommended that you have the following knowledge and competences:

Two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.
The ability to evaluate Cloud application requirements, and make architectural recommendations.
Architect a continuous integration and deployment process.
Familiarity with AWS CloudFormation templates, Billing Console, and Management Console.
Be able to explain and apply the five pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.
Design a hybrid architecture with key AWS technologies, such as VPN and AWS Direct Connect.
Familiarity with a scripting language and Windows and Linux environments.
Architect a continuous integration and deployment process.


Besides having the above knowledge and skills, it is also recommended that you have already completed your AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate qualification and passed your exam before enrolling onto this certification.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

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Part Time

14 hours per week


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PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

Course code



AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional)