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AWS Cloud Computing Specialist Certificate

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Number of Courses


Total Contact Hours

100 hours (10.0 CEUs)

Total Cost


The structure of the world of business is changing rapidly, and one change many companies and organizations are making is the move to cloud-based technologies. An in-depth understanding of cloud processes is a valuable resource needed to help businesses grow in these increasingly technology-centric times. Learn the principles taught through Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the Amazon-certified AWS Cloud Computing Specialist Certificate Program from LSU Online & Continuing Education.

Learn the characteristics, types, services, architectures, and applications of cloud computing, and learn how to contextualize and apply cloud principles in a wide range of industry settings. Students will leave this program with the skills necessary to understand cloud computing problems, architect solutions to those problems, and communicate those solutions effectively to clients, vendors, and others.

Through this program, students will be prepared for AWS certification exams and will gain a professional development certificate and a digital badge that can be used to expand their résumé and display subject matter expertise.

This certificate program is made up of the AWS Cloud Practitioner and the AWS Solutions Architect programs. Courses in this certificate can be purchased separately or bundled together.

MicroCred® instructor Melinda Stallings explains the importance of being able to show off your skills in a digital format when looking for a job.

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Total cost: $3,480
Includes 30% bundle fee discount 

Courses can also be individually purchased for $995 each. Payment is due prior to beginning the course. 

Note: Prices are subject to change. Cost does not include the price of textbooks. Contact an Enrollment Coach to see what savings you may qualify for.

Payment Options Available


Online format with nine months to complete the entire program. Each individual course must be completed in 6 weeks.


Courses require access to high-speed Internet, email, web browser (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox recommended), MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Digital Badge Details

Successful completion of all courses within the program earns you an official LSU digital badge to show off your skill sets. This badge can be used to bulk up your online résumé and showcase your expertise in the topic. Badges are distributed through Badgr. For more information on digital badges, visit the LSU digital badge page. If you have completed this program, request your badge.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

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Career Outlook

Cloud computing skills are becoming more beneficial for all business professionals across all industries. Typical job titles with a cloud computing background are:

  • Cloud Solutions Architect
  • Cybersecurity professional
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) professional
  • Solutions Architect
Learning Outcomes

Principles of Cloud Computing I

  • Explain varying motivations for utilizing cloud computing, including business, economic, political, etc.
  • Differentiate between cloud computing options, including deployment modes (public/private/hybrid), types of services offered (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS), and functions of cloud providers
  • Describe the technical infrastructure facilitating cloud computing, including the OSI model and how security functions in a cloud environment
  • Identify fundamental concepts involved in the decision of a cloud computing vendor
  • Communicate current and future cloud computing concepts concisely to a general business audience

Applications of Cloud Computing I

  • Discuss key concepts related to cloud computing and the advantages of cloud computing with AWS
  • Understand the pricing philosophy and characteristics of cloud computing within AWS
  • Understand the AWS global infrastructure services that are available
  • Discuss the economic and pricing considerations for AWS
  • Define how to secure infrastructure within AWS
  • Architect a firm using AWS services

Principles of Cloud Computing II

  • Differentiate between cloud computing architectures for different organizational objectives
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various computing architectural choices to meet a variety of organizational objectives
  • Identify a cloud computing architecture for an organization to meet a variety of organizational objectives
  • Explain various cloud architectures from the perspective of both the client and the vendor

Applied Cloud Computing II

  • Make architectural decisions based on the AWS-recommended architectural principles and best practices
  • Create an AWS infrastructure that is scalable, reliable, and highly available
  • Leverage AWS managed services to enable greater flexibility and resilience in an infrastructure

Applied Cloud Computing III

  • Make an AWS-based infrastructure more efficient in order to increase performance and reduce costs
  • Use the Well-Architected Framework to improve architectures with AWS solutions