By Nicola Wright
Looking to boost your AWS know-how? You’re in the right place.
Whether you’re searching for a new role, have recently been furloughed and want to use your time to develop your skills, or you’re an AWS customer interested in bolstering your users’ cloud abilities, there’s no shortage of AWS training resources out there to suit every budget.
Let’s take a look at some paid, discounted, and free AWS training to help you start upskilling right now. We’ve highlighted some great AWS courses for you to tackle, as well as some of the fantastic expert instructors whose training content will help you on your development journey.
This is by no means a definitive list, so if you’ve come across any great AWS training or learning resources, drop us a tweet and we’ll add it in!
AWS itself offers an enormous collection of training and education content that can be accessed for free and consumed at your own pace, and the AWS Learning Library is an excellent place to start.
A digital treasure trove of e-learning, here you can find over 370 bitesize courses that can be filtered by theme, role, and skill level: there’s something for everyone here.
The courses range in length from a few minutes to several hours, so you’ll always have time to squeeze a few in on the fly, and are delivered either through e-learning content or video.
To help you get the most out of your personal development, AWS has created several learning paths that group together relevant courses.
Some of these paths are role-based, designed to help you build the skills needed to advance your career.
Others are solution-based, focusing on developing your ability to use and deploy specialized AWS services like advanced networking, databases, storage, or machine learning.
It’s worth bearing in mind that some of these learning courses recommend paid, classroom-based courses; obviously, these are off the table for the moment, but there’s plenty of other digital training contained within them to get you started.
Udemy offers many of its AWS courses for free. Here are just a few of the most highly rated options.
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Coursera courses are free to view. You will need to pay if you want to take the quizzes and earn certifications, though.
You can pay for these on an individual basis, or sign up to Coursera Plus for $399 a year. This subscription can be canceled at any time, so the faster you learn, the more you save.
Morgan Willis is a Senior Cloud Technologist at AWS, and a top-rated author of courses on containerization, DynamoDB, and going cloud-native. The holder of four AWS certifications, Morgan has been sharing her knowledge as a technical instructor and mentor for many years alongside her career as a software developer and all-around cloud maven.
Blaine Sundrud is an AWS Senior Technical Trainer who has taught all over the world on subjects from security and cloud architecture to DevOps, big data, and AI and machine learning. A recognized leader in cloud learning, Blaine is a pro instructor specializing in teaching methods for maximum retention of information.
Despite its paid subscription option, Linux Academy offers several Community Editions of its AWS courses for free.
Currently, you can get access to seven of these without charge. There are a few foundational courses covering the essentials for beginners, and some on more niche topics.
Many run upwards of 12 hours of content, all for free, so they’re worth a look.
To give you an idea of the sort of thing you can expect from A Cloud Guru’s courses, it offers a one-hour introductory course free of charge.
AWS Community Hero and creator of freeCodeCamp Andrew Brown has been publishing a mix of free and paid AWS learning materials for current and aspiring AWS professionals alike over the last few years.
Alongside freeCodeCamp’s online courses, Andrew’s ExamPro YouTube channel has almost 800 videos covering a range of technical problems you might encounter on the job, as well as practical advice on how to register and prep for AWS certification exams. These videos are thorough. No, really thorough. Between the Cloud Practitioner, Solutions Architect, and Developer certification videos there’s 25+hours of free learning materials!
The ExamPro website also offers an assortment of cheat sheets, flashcards, study guides, and quizzes covering the different AWS cloud certification paths, which you can buy for a discounted price.
WhizLabs is an online training provider specializing in certification training and preparation.
There are 17 AWS options available; one covering each of AWS’s official certifications plus a handful of deep dives into various specialist topics.
Courses include extensive learning content encompassing the syllabus of each certification, hands-on labs to give you under-the-hood experience of AWS products and services, and practice exams to help you get ready to sit your big test.
Depending on the certification involved, WhizLabs training courses usually sit between $30 and $100, with practice exam packages available for around $25 to $50 extra. Though their courses are paid, WhizLabs is currently offering 50% off its entire curriculum.
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There are more than 3,000 AWS courses for all levels on Udemy, from wide-ranging introductory courses to product deep-dives and certification exam prep.
Udemy’s paid courses tend to cost around $40, but they’re almost always heavily discounted in some way: if you see one you like that’s not on offer, it’s worth signing up for email alerts, as it likely won’t be long before the price comes down. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee if your chosen course isn’t what you’re looking for.
Neal Davis is a certified AWS Solutions Architect, best-selling author, and instructor. He has over two decades of experience in IT and has authored six highly rated AWS courses on Udemy.
Stephane Maarek is a 9x AWS Certified Solutions Architect and Developer Associate whose 31 AWS courses are among the best selling on Udemy. Also a consultant and software developer, Stephane has a particular interest in all things related to big data, cloud, and API.
Jon Bonso is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and Certified Developer, who has authored six top-selling AWS courses to help fellow cloud enthusiasts prepare for AWS certification exams.
Educative is an online training platform for all kinds of coding skills. Educative’s courses are text-based and are peppered with embedded coding environments, so that users can practice what they’ve learned and get practical experience.
Most of Educative’s content is language-specific rather than product-specific, though there are a handful of explicitly AWS-related courses which we’ve noted below.
For those interested in developing on or for AWS, however, Educative remains a great shout thanks to its extensive content on programming and development topics.
There are two ways to purchase training with Educative: courses and learning tracks can be bought individually, or you can buy a subscription that gets you access to all its 140+ courses for a flat monthly fee of $18.71.
Daniel Vassallo is a self-employed indie maker and founder of Userbase, who previously helped build a small part of AWS during his time there between 2010 and 2019.
Gojko Adzic is a 2019 AWS Serverless Hero, the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
Formerly known as Lynda, LinkedIn’s wide-ranging training brand LinkedIn Learning is packed with AWS courses and learning materials. To date, there are over 100 courses and more than 3,000 video tutorials designed to help sharpen up users’ AWS skills.
Courses are produced by AWS professionals and experts, with options for technical and non-technical cloud users alike.
LinkedIn Learning works on an all-you-can-learn basis, with access to all courses available for $29.99 per month or $299.88 for the year if paid annually.
Bear Cahill is a freelance application developer who’s worked on over 100 mobile apps. He’s authored 14 LinkedIn Learning courses on AWS to date, covering topics including Identity Access Management, React, and AWS Amplify.
Tom Carpenter is the chief technical officer at CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professionals). He’s created a series of ten courses for LinkedIn Learning AWS, which take an in-depth look at the know-how needed to become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate.
Lynn Langit is an AWS Hero who has authored many AWS and cloud-related courses on LinkedIn Learning. A cloud architect, Lynn specializes in big data projects and has extensive experience with products like AWS Athena, Aurora, Redshift, Kinesis, and the IoT. Her courses cover topics like Amazon Workspaces, AWS for DevOps, and AWS for Data Science.
Simplilearn offers a handful of AWS courses. Most are role-focused, with content specific to teaching skills involved in certain AWS job roles like Solutions Architect or Big Data Engineer.
You can choose to take a course, or opt for a Master’s Program, which is a bundle of courses related to a particular role or topic:
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There are also some free resources you can grab through Simplilearn, too: the site hosts more than 200 articles, ebooks, and video tutorials on AWS that you can enjoy at your leisure.
Courses on Simplilearn are priced individually, ranging from a few hundred dollars for foundational classes, while those that cover more advanced skills tend to be priced at $1,000+. Most courses can be done at your own pace by reading through the material, but there’s also a premium version of many courses that includes online instructor-led training too.
Marc Weaver is an AWS Solutions Architect and database expert with more than 15 years of experience working to create efficient, scalable, and secure cloud environments. He’s currently a course advisor for Simplilearn’s AWS Solutions Architect Certification Training Course.
Ronald van Loon is a Simplilearn course advisor, instructor, and the creator of many leading Big Data and Data Science websites, including Datafloq and Data Science Central. A regular speaker at worldwide tech events, Ronald was also named by Onalytica as one of the top three most influential people in Big Data.
Cloud Academy is a colossal online library of training courses covering all kinds of hands-on technical skills.
Their training is split up into learning paths, making it easy for you to know where to start and how to progress.
These paths don’t just cover career-centric routes like skilling up for a specific job role or preparing for a certification, but also practical tasks such as migrating a business to the cloud.
There are currently 122 AWS courses, set along 38 learning paths that cover all levels from foundational, introductory knowledge to advanced specialisms like security and machine learning.
Most of them are less than sixty minutes long, meaning they’re super digestible and easy to squeeze into your day.
Individuals can get access to the library, which boasts more than 10,000 hours of training materials and practical labs, for $49 a month.
Stuart Scott has been working within the IT industry for two decades. To date, he has created 60+ courses relating to the AWS cloud, focusing mainly on security and compliance. AWS certified and accredited, Stuart is also a published author and recipient of the 2015 Expert of the Year Award from Experts Exchange.
A Cloud Guru is an online learning platform that mixes fun, hands-on digital learning with video and labs, that give you first-hand experience with real AWS products.
A Cloud Guru was born from one AWS professional’s discontentment with the dull, expensive AWS training on the market, and aims to make AWS both accessible and enjoyable to learn about.
Choose from more than 40 courses ranging from absolute beginner-level knowledge to specialties that cover everything from cost optimization and best practices to scaling Docker containers and working with Dynamo DB.
There’s also prep courses for each of AWS’s 11 certifications if you’re planning on taking on an exam.
A Cloud Guru also offers labs that walk you through tasks like setting up AWS CLIs and guided projects that teach you how to build cool things on AWS.
Pricing for individuals starts at $49 per month, dropping to $31.58 if paid annually.
Ryan Kroonenburg is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and AWS Certified Developer. With 17 years’ experience in IT, Ryan has worked in cloud computing since its birth, and has made it his mission to bring the benefits of the cloud to everyone. With his training content, Ryan aims to accommodate both absolute beginners, as well as professionals.
Faye Ellis is a twenty-year veteran of the IT industry and has worked on business-critical systems across numerous sectors. Passionate about cloud technology, Faye understands how important it is to keep your skills sharp and relevant to get you access to the best opportunities on the market.
Mattias Andersson is a software savant, having worked in roles such as architecture, coding, project management, security, training, mentoring, and team leadership since 2001. A bonafide AWS expert, he achieved all five AWS Pro and Associate certifications in just five months, scoring over 90% on each one.
Linux Academy offers over 40 AWS courses, plus more than 300 hands-on labs, and 100+ practice tests for those gearing up to tackle certification exams.
Pricing for individuals starts at $49 per month, dropping to $31.58 if paid annually.
Julie Elkins is an AWS Training Architect for Linux Academy. Julie started her AWS career as a Linux Academy student herself, setting up a YouTube channel to offer lessons on the areas she struggled with. She now holds every AWS associate certification and both AWS Professional certifications, and is committed to helping others master AWS through her courses.
Craig Arcuri has authored seven in-depth AWS courses for Linux Academy and is a six-time AWS certified professional. Covering the likes of DevOps practices, developer tools, and cloud migration, Craig’s learning content is an excellent choice for budding and upskilling AWS developers.
Pluralsight is a digital learning platform geared toward tech professionals. It offers a library of thousands of courses authored by more than 1,500 expert instructors.
There are currently more than 200 AWS-related courses on Pluralsight, with a good chunk of those aimed at intermediate level learners.
$29 a month, or $299 for the whole year, gets you access to courses, paths, and skills assessments. If you want access to interactive courses, exams, and projects, it’s $499, which covers you for 12 months.
Kim Schmidt has held a wide array of titles in her 12 years in tech. The founder and CEO of AWS Partner DataLeader, Kim is a multi-certified and multi-award-winning professional. She’s authored numerous white papers, spoken at re:Invent, and, and has contracted for many of the leading data and analytics independent software vendors in AWS Marketplace.
Andreas Wittig is an AWS and DevOps aficionado who specializes in building great web and mobile applications as a Full-stack Developer, Cloud Architect, and founder of widdix, a company that develops SaaS products on AWS. Passionate about teaching and sharing his enthusiasm for the cloud, Andreas is also the author of the book Amazon Web Services in Action.
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