AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner & AWS Solutions Architect (Associate) (PLA)

L3 Level 3
Part Time
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About this course

The demand for certified and skilled professionals, who can implement and manage Cloud solutions has grown extensively, with no signs of slowing down, making Cloud Computing the standout career choice.

AWS is the leading and most recognised cloud infrastructure in the world, making it an excellent certification to choose when looking to move into a Cloud career.

The AWS Solutions Architect Associate certification is the most sought-after qualification in Cloud Computing by employers, as well as it being onto other specialist AWS certifications, such as Big Data, Machine Learning, or Security

This 6 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 Certified Cloud Practitioner
On successful completion, you will be able to:

  •    Define what the AWS Cloud is.
  •    Describe key AWS Cloud architectural principles.
  •    Explain the AWS Cloud value proposition.
  •    Define the Pricing, Billing and Account management models.
  •    Describe essential key services on the AWS platform.
  •   Explain fundamental compliance and security aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)

On successful completion, the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification will allow you to:

  • Gain hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage and database AWS services.
  •  Understand how to use AWS deployment and management services.
  •  Identify and define technical requirements for an AWS-based application.
  •  Understand basic architectural principles of building on the AWS Cloud.
  •  Learn the AWS global infrastructure.
  •  Understand security features and tools that AWS provides.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you either have 12 months experience solving problems and implementing solutions using the AWS Cloud already, the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification is part of this course. You should also have basic IT skills.

Teaching and assessment methods

This 6 day course is delivered online via a virtual Classroom, on weekends, Saturday – Sunday 9am- 6pm.

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

AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam Details

Exam format – Multiple-choice, multiple answer

Duration – 90-mins

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)
Exam format – Multiple-choice, multiple answer.

Delivery Method – Testing centre or online proctored exam.

Duration – 130-mins.

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

Start date

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Time of day

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Part Time

42 hours per week


Maps & directions
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

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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner & Solutions Architect (Associate)