Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2021

Pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification SAA-C02. Complete Amazon Web Services Cloud training!

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What you will learn

FULLY UPDATED FOR SAA-C02: Pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification

All 600+ slides available as downloadable PDF

Perform Real-World Solution Architecture on AWS

Learn the AWS Fundamentals (EC2, ELB, ASG, RDS, ElastiCache, S3)

Learn the Serverless Fundamentals (Lambda, DynamoDB, Cognito, API Gateway)

Analyze 10+ Solution Architectures (traditional & serverless)

Understand the Well Architected Framework, Disaster Recovery

Master all the differences of Databases on AWS

Secure your entire AWS Cloud using KMS, IAM Policies & SSM


Welcome! I'm here to help you prepare and PASS the newest AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam.

[October 2021 Update]: Over 100 videos have been refreshed/added to keep up with the AWS UI changes and exam changes

[April 2021 Update]: Over 100 videos have been refreshed/added to keep up with the AWS UI changes and exam changes

[Dec 2020 Update]: The S3 section has been entirely re-recorded to accommodate for the AWS UI changes

[May 2020 Update]: 20+ videos have been updated to keep up with AWS UI changes.

[February 2020 Update - SAA-C02]: The course has been updated for the NEW 2020 exam version. Overall, 80 videos have been added or updated, and the course is now 22 hours long. Happy learning!

[July 2019 Update]: Few lectures refreshed, including AWS Budgets and EC2 placement groups.


Beginners welcome: no need to know anything about AWS!

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification is one of the most challenging exams. It's great at assessing how well you understand not just AWS, but making sure you are making the best architectural decisions based on situations, which makes this certification incredibly valuable to have and pass. Rest assured, I've passed it myself with a score of 982 out of 1000. Yes, you read that right, I only made one mistake! Next, I want to help YOU pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification with flying colors.

This is going to be a long journey, but passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam will be worth it!

This AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate course is different from the other ones you'll find on Udemy. Dare I say, better (but you'll judge!)

  • We will spend over three hours discussing solution architecture on AWS in depth. 

  • It covers in-depth all the new topics on the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate SAA-C02 exam

  • It's packed with practical knowledge on how to use AWS inside and out as a solutions architect

  • It teaches you how to prepare for the AWS exam AND how to prepare for the real world

  • It's a logical progression of topics, not a laundry list of random services

  • It's fast-paced and to the point

  • It has professional subtitles

  • All 500+ slides available as downloadable PDF

Concretely, here's what we'll learn to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam:

  • The AWS Fundamentals: IAM, EC2, Load Balancing, Auto Scaling, EBS, EFS, Route 53, RDS, ElastiCache, S3, CloudFront

  • The AWS CLI: CLI setup, usage on EC2, best practices, SDK, advanced usage

  • In-Depth Database comparison: RDS, Aurora, DynamoDB, Neptune, ElastiCache, Redshift, ElasticSearch, Athena

  • Monitoring, Troubleshooting & Audit: AWS CloudWatch, CloudTrail

  • AWS Integration & Messaging: SQS, SNS, Kinesis

  • AWS Serverless: AWS Lambda, DynamoDB, API Gateway, Cognito

  • AWS Security best practices: KMS, SSM Parameter Store, IAM Policies

  • VPC & Networking in depth

  • AWS Other Services Overview: CICD (CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodePipeline, CodeDeploy), CloudFormation, ECS, Step Functions, SWF, EMR, Glue, OpsWorks, ElasticTranscoder, AWS Organizations, Workspaces, AppSync, Single Sign On (SSO)

  • Tips to ROCK the exam

This AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate course is full of opportunities to apply your knowledge:

  • There are many hands-on lectures in every section

  • There are quizzes at the end of every section

  • There's an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate practice exam at the end of the course

  • We'll be using the AWS Free Tier most of the time

  • I'll be showing you how to go beyond the AWS Free Tier (you know... the real world!)



My name is Stephane Maarek, and I'll be your instructor in this course. I teach about AWS certifications with my focus always on helping my students improve their professional proficiencies in AWS. I am also the author of some of the most highly-rated & best-selling courses on AWS Lambda, AWS CloudFormation & AWS EC2.

Throughout my career in designing and delivering these certifications and courses, I have already taught 1,000,000+ students and gotten 350,000+ reviews!

With AWS becoming much more than a buzzword out there, I've decided it's time for students to properly learn how to be an AWS Solutions Architect Associate. So, let’s kick start the course! You are in good hands!


This course also comes with:

  • Lifetime access to all future updates

  • A responsive instructor in the Q&A Section

  • Udemy Certificate of Completion Ready for Download

  • A 30 Day "No Questions Asked" Money Back Guarantee!

Join me in this course if you want to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification SAA-C02 Exam and master the AWS platform!

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Introduction - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Course Introduction - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Creating an AWS Account
AWS Account Activation Troubleshooting
AWS Budget Setup
Important Message
About your instructor
SAA-C01 vs SAA-C02
Code & Slides Download
Slides and Code Download
AWS Fundamentals: IAM & EC2
AWS Fundamentals - Section Introduction
AWS Regions and AZs
IAM Introduction
IAM Hands On
EC2 Introduction
SSH Overview
How to SSH using Linux or Mac
How to SSH using Windows
How to SSH using Windows 10
SSH Troubleshooting
EC2 Instance Connect
Introduction to Security Groups
Security Groups Deep Dive
Private vs Public vs Elastic IP
Private vs Public vs Elastic IP Hands On
Install Apache on EC2
EC2 User Data
EC2 Mid Way Quiz
EC2 Instances Launch Types
EC2 Instances Launch Types Hands On
EC2 Instance Types Deep Dive
EC2 AMI Hands On
Cross Account AMI Copy
EC2 Placement Groups
Elastic Network Interfaces (ENI) with Hands On
[SAA-C02] EC2 Hibernate
[SAA-C02] EC2 Hibernate - Hands On
EC2 for the Solution Architect
EC2 Final Quiz
High Availability and Scalability: ELB & ASG
High Availability and Scalability
Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) Overview
Classic Load Balancer (CLB) with Hands On
Application Load Balancer (ALB) with Hands On
Network Load Balancer (NLB) with Hands On
Elastic Load Balancer - Stickiness
Elastic Load Balancer - Cross Zone Load Balancing
Elastic Load Balancer - SSL Certificates
Auto Scaling Groups (ASG) Overview
Auto Scaling Groups Hands On
Auto Scaling Groups - Scaling Policies
Auto Scaling Groups - for Solutions Architects
Fundamentals 2 Quiz
EC2 Storage - EBS & EFS
EBS Intro
EBS Intro Hands On
EBS Volume Types Deep Dive
EBS Operation: Snapshots
EBS Operation: Volume Migration
EBS Operation: Volume Encryption
EBS vs Instance Store
EBS RAID configurations
EFS Overview
EFS Hands On
EBS & EFS - Section Cleanup
EBS & EFS For Solutions Architect
EC2 Data Management - EBS & EFS Quiz
AWS Fundamentals: RDS + Aurora + ElastiCache
AWS RDS Overview
RDS Read Replicas vs Multi AZ
AWS RDS Hands On
RDS Encryption + Security
Aurora Overview
Aurora Hands On
AWS ElastiCache Overview
AWS ElastiCache Hands On
ElastiCache for Solution Architect
RDS / Aurora / ElastiCache Quiz
Route 53
Route 53 Overview
Route 53 Hands On
Route 53 - EC2 Setup
Route 53 - TTL
CNAME vs Alias
Routing Policy - Simple
Routing Policy - Weighted
Routing Policy - Latency
Route 53 Health Checks
Routing Policy - Failover
Routing Policy - Geolocation
Routing Policy - Multi Value
3rd Party Domains & Route 53
Section Cleanup
Route 53 Quiz
Classic Solutions Architecture Discussions
Solutions Architecture Discussions Overview
Instantiating applications quickly
Beanstalk Overview
Beanstalk Hands On
Solutions Architecture Discussions - Classic
Amazon S3 Introduction
Amazon S3 - Section Introduction
AWS S3 Buckets and Objects
AWS S3 Versioning
AWS S3 Encryption
AWS S3 Security & Bucket Policies
AWS S3 Websites
AWS S3 Consistency Model
AWS S3 Quiz
AWS CLI, SDK, IAM Roles & Policies
Developing on AWS Introduction
AWS CLI Setup on Windows
AWS CLI Setup on Mac OS X
AWS CLI Setup on Linux
AWS CLI Configuration
AWS CLI Practice with S3
IAM Roles and Policies Hands On
AWS Policy Simulator
AWS EC2 Instance Metadata
AWS SDK Overview
CLI & SDK Quiz
Advanced Amazon S3 & Athena
S3 MFA Delete
S3 Default Encryption
S3 Access Logs
S3 Cross Region Replication
S3 Pre-signed URLs
S3 Storage Tiers + Glacier
[SAA-C02] S3 Lifecycle Policies
[SAA-C02] S3 Performance
[SAA-C02] S3 Select & Glacier Select
Athena Overview
Athena Hands On
[SAA-C02] S3 Lock Policies & Glacier Vault Lock
Section Cleanup
S3 Advanced - Quiz
CloudFront & AWS Global Accelerator
CloudFront Overview
CloudFront with S3 - Hands On
[SAA-C02] CloudFront Signed URL / Cookies
[SAA-C02] AWS Global Accelerator - Overview
[SAA-C02] AWS Global Accelerator - Hands On
CloudFront & AWS Global Accelerator Quiz
AWS Storage Extras
Snowball Overview
Snowball Hands On
Storage Gateway Overview
Storage Gateway Hands On
[SAA-C02] Amazon FSx - Overview
[SAA-C02] Amazon FSx - Hands On
[SAA-C02] All AWS Storage Options Compared
AWS Storage Extras - Quiz
Decoupling applications: SQS, SNS, Kinesis, Active MQ
Introduction to Messaging
AWS SQS Console Hands On
SQS + Auto Scaling Group
AWS SNS Hands On
Kinesis Data Streams Overview
Kinesis Data Streams Hands On
Kinesis Firehose & Kinesis Data Analytics
SQS vs SNS vs Kinesis
Amazon MQ
Messaging and Integration Quiz
Serverless Overviews from a Solution Architect Perspective
Serverless Introduction
Lambda Overview
Lambda Hands-On
Lambda Configuration
AWS Lambda Limits
AWS Lambda@Edge
DynamoDB Overview
DynamoDB Hands-On
[SAA-C02] DynamoDB Advanced Features
API Gateway Overview
API Gateway Basics Hands-On
API Gateway Stages and Deployments Hands-On
API Gateway Security
AWS Cognito Overview
[SAA-C02] Serverless Application Model (SAM) Overview
Serverless Quiz
Serverless Solution Architecture Discussions
Mobile Application: MyTodoList
Serverless Website: MyBlog.com
MicroServices Architecture
Distributing Paid Content
Software updates distribution
Big Data Ingestion Pipeline
Serverless Architectures Quiz
Databases in AWS
Choosing the right database
Databases Quiz
AWS Monitoring & Audit: CloudWatch, CloudTrail & Config
AWS Monitoring - Section Introduction
AWS CloudWatch Metrics
AWS CloudWatch Dashboards
AWS CloudWatch Logs
AWS CloudWatch Alarms
AWS CloudWatch Events
AWS CloudTrail
[SAA-C02] AWS Config - Overview
[SAA-C02] AWS Config - Hands On
[SAA-C02] CloudTrail vs CloudWatch vs Config
Monitoring Quiz
Identity and Access Management (IAM) - Advanced
Security Token Service (STS) Overview
Identity Federation & Cognito
[SAA-C02] Directory Services - Overview
Organizations - Overview
Organizations - Hands On
IAM - Advanced
[SAA-C02] Resource Access Manager (RAM)
[SAA-C02] AWS Single Sign On (SSO) - Overview
[SAA-C02] AWS Single Sign On (SSO) - Hands On
Identity and Access Management (IAM) - Advanced - Quiz
AWS Security & Encryption: KMS, SSM Parameter Store, CloudHSM, Shield, WAF
AWS Security - Section Introduction
Encryption 101
KMS Overview + Encryption in Place
KMS and AWS Lambda Practice
SSM Parameter Store Overview
SSM Parameter Store Hands On (CLI)
SSM Parameter Store Hands On (AWS Lambda)
AWS Secrets Manager - Overview
AWS Secrets Manager - Hands On
[SAA-C02] CloudHSM
[SAA-C02] Shield - DDoS Protection
[SAA-C02] Web Application Firewall (WAF)
[SAA-C02] WAF & Shield - Hands On
Shared Responsibility Model
Security & Encryption Quiz
Networking - VPC
Section Introduction
CIDR, Private vs Public IP
Default VPC Overview
VPC Overview and Hands On
Subnet Overview and Hands On
Internet Gateways & Route Tables
NAT Instances
NAT Gateways
DNS Resolution Options & Route 53 Private Zones
NACL & Security Groups
VPC Peering
VPC Endpoints
VPC Flow Logs + Athena
Bastion Hosts
Site to Site VPN, Virtual Private Gateway & Customer Gateway
Direct Connect & Direct Connect Gateway
Egress Only Internet Gateway
[SAA-C02] AWS PrivateLink - VPC Endpoint Services
[SAA-C02] AWS ClassicLink
[SAA-C02] VPN CloudHub
VPC Section Summary
Section Cleanup
Quiz on VPC
Disaster Recovery & Migrations
Disaster Recovery in AWS
[SAA-C02] Database Migration Service (DMS)
[SAA-C02] Database Migration Service (DMS) - Hands On
[SAA-C02] On-Premise Strategies with AWS
[SAA-C02] DataSync - Overview
[SAA-C02] Transferring Large Datasets into AWS
Disaster Recovery Quiz
More Solution Architectures
[SAA-C02] Event Processing in AWS
[SAA-C02] Caching Strategies in AWS
[SAA-C02] Blocking an IP Address in AWS
[SAA-C02] High Performance Computing (HPC) on AWS
More Solution Architectures - Quiz
Other Services
Other Services Section Introduction
CICD Introduction
CloudFormation Intro
CloudFormation Hands-On
[SAA-C02] CloudFormation - Extras
ECS Introduction
[SAA-C02] ECS - Extras
Step Functions & SWF
AWS Glue
AWS Workspaces
Other Services: Cheat Sheet
Other Services: Quiz
WhitePapers and Architectures - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
WhitePaper Section Introduction
Well Architected Framework Overview + Well Architected Tool
1st pillar: Operational Excellence
2nd pillar: Security
3rd pillar: Reliability
4th pillar: Performance Efficiency
5th pillar: Cost Optimization
AWS Trusted Advisor Overview + Hands-On
Examples of Architecture - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
WhitePaper Quiz
Preparing for the Exam + Practice Exam - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Assoc
Exam Preparation - Section Introduction
State of Learning Checkpoint - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Exam Tips - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Exam Walkthrough and Signup
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Practice Exam - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Congratulations - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Congratulations - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
Bonus Lecture: Special discounts for my other courses
21 November 2021
appreciate the hard work that trained had put in to bring up this course. It helped me a lot as a beginner in could. its worth taking this course.
21 November 2021
The course is very interesting and useful. I don't know if I will do the exam but however is very useful to understand all the aws platform
19 November 2021
So far i´m on the section 5 and i´m liking the course even more than i thought. It´s giving me more motivation to continue on the aws path
19 November 2021
Very helpful in preparation for Solution architect certification. Short pointed explanations of things needed to pass exam! I passed with 901 score :) Thank you Stephane!!!!
19 November 2021
The course has a lot of content. However, it is surely not presented well enough. It consists mostly of slides which are just bluntly read through. The labs are good however too quick to follow. The presenter keeps switching windows numerous times and scrolls through them very quickly which makes it tough to follow along. I would not recommend this course to anyone who wants to clearly understand the topic.
19 November 2021
I'm finding it very easy to understand concepts so far. I hope the rest of the course is just as easy to wrap my head around!
18 November 2021
This course helped me pass my example the first time! It keeps up to date with the every changing AWS platform and he's great at breaking down concepts into easy to understand pieces.
18 November 2021
Hi Stephane, your content is really awesome also the way you teach is easy to understand. Anyone can understand this course. Thanks :) Happy Learning and Happy Teaching. #Stephanetheteacher :)
18 November 2021
This is course is brilliant and any person can follow, it gets a bit technical however very much doable and the instructor is amazingly knowledgeable on the subject matter
18 November 2021
I can tell that this course goes pretty in-depth of the information that I need to know in order to succeed. That being said, as I don't know exactly what's to come, all I can say for now is that it seems very beneficial for my studies and is about what I expected/wanted from a course like this. Perhaps I can rate it a full 5 stars when I have the chance the apply this information to either a testing or real life situation. Thank you Stephane Maarek for your guidance thus far.
18 November 2021
Even though I've attended AWS training in person, the material is being presented in a different way, and I am getting new information
17 November 2021
I feel this is simple and short course to understand. You should also include why should a particular service be used over other service and why it best fit with example.
17 November 2021
There are some sound issues when speed is set to x1.5 or higher, this could be caused by my PC so 4.5 stars :)
17 November 2021
Whilst the content seems comprehensive, the delivery style is over-paced. I appreciate that English is not Stephane's first language, but a less frenetic pace of talking would lead to less stumbling over words and a better undertanding from students.
17 November 2021
I will be taking my certificate exam in a few weeks and I'm really confident that Stephane's course has given me a lot to look forward to. I have truly learned a lot through his lectures and the hands-on tutorials. I'll be back here to provide an update -- after my exam. Thank you, Stephane! ~William


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