AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02 & SAA-C03)

Become a Solutions Architect and confidently pass the SAA-C02 or UPCOMING SAA-C03 certification

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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect is one of the most valuable and in-demand cloud certifications available. It covers all of the core AWS services and is a fantastic entry point into the most popular public cloud platform in the world today.

Getting certified can help improve your confidence and get you interviews, but it's the skills gained along the way which matter long term. With this course, you'll learn everything you need to pass the SAA-C02 exam confidently, but also gain the real-world skills you need to perform well in an interview and function as a mid-level AWS Solutions Architect.

I've designed the course for the new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) certification. Rather than updating existing content, I've created a course which directly aligns with the new structure, products, services and architectures contained in the SAA-C02 exam. This course is kept constantly up to date (weekly), see above for the most recent update status. (Confirmed Suitability for this exam version)


  • IT newcomers or anyone looking to change careers.
  • Experienced Engineers or Consultants
  • IT Managers looking to understand their platforms and Environments
  • Project Managers running or involved with AWS Projects


  • No previous AWS Knowledge required
  • Laptop or Workstation to perform the demo lessons
  • An email address and credit/debit card for the AWS account(s)
  • The course stays mostly within the free tier to avoid costs


PRODUCTION VALUES: The course includes best of class theory, architecture and practical demo lessons. Everything in the course is there for a reason, is produced to a high standard and aids in your learning

ALWAYS CONSIDERS COST: The course starts with by helping you create and setup AWS accounts which you will use for your study. These will benefit from the free-tier giving you free access to AWS products and services up to a certain monthly level.

SUITABLE FOR ANYONE: You don’t need any AWS experience; the course starts by introducing cloud computing and AWS fundamentals at a basic level - ensuring that no student is left behind. What you will need is a computer, an email address and payment card to create the AWS account and a commitment to put in the effort required to pass a challenging exam.

LEARN REAL SKILLS: This course isn’t just about the exam, the AWS Certified Solutions Architect is one of the most valuable certifications available in IT - but obtaining $100,000+ cloud positions will require experience as well as accreditation. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to pass the exam confidently while also having gained enough experience to use AWS day to day and design AWS solutions.

SCENARIO BASED: The course is based around a real-world like organisation The theory and demo lessons are structured around scenarios which you will encounter in the real world. Whether we're talking about serverless applications, data migration and connecting AWS to on-premises environments using a Site-to-Site VPN - the things you learn will be useful in the real world.

RESPECTS YOUR TIME: I promise to respect your time. Everything in the course is either relevant to the exam, or will provide the surrounding knowledge which will help you pass with confidence; while also gaining the practical experience needed to get access to exciting job opportunities. Lessons are never more than 20 minutes and often much shorter - I prioritise efficiency, not duration. Each section includes a quiz helping you retain knowledge, and at the end of the course, we’ve designed a full practice exam which mirrors real-world conditions.

TECHNICAL FOUNDATIONS AND AWS: The course covers the essential architectural concepts as they relate to AWS but also covers the core AWS products featured in the exam in some depth. Topics covered include:-

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Autoscaling and Launch Templates
  • Database Solutions including DynamoDB, RDS and Aurora
  • Application Services (SNS, SQS, Kinesis, IOT, SES, Step Functions)
  • Serverless Architecture (Lambda & API Gateway)
  • Monitoring, Deployment and Security

ALWAYS ACCURATE/ALWAYS UP TO DATE: I pride accuracy and so commit to keeping the content up to date with regular updates as AWS announces new products or features. Updates will be included in your one-time course purchase so you can study at your own pace.

By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently pass the associate-level AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam and start getting access to some of the best paying careers in the industry.


  • Be ready to sit and pass the SAA-C02 exam with confidence
  • Confidence in technical interviews for that SA Role
  • Be able to design local, global, elastic architectures in AWS that are secure, cost-effective, resilient, efficient and adhere to AWS best practices.
  • Understanding and appreciation for technical fundamentals which AWS products and services rely on
  • Practical experience of:-
  • Building in AWS
  • Evolving architectures in AWS
  • and implementing serverless applications
  • LevelUp your career in terms of $ and project opportunities
  • A foundation for the AWS Professional or Specialty level certifications


  • Created and taught by an experienced instructor
  • 100,000's of students across a total of 8 previous AWS Courses
  • Instructor rating of over 99.5%.
  • 20 years+ of Consultancy experience
  • 40+ IT certifications, including all current AWS ones
  • Course pass rate of 100% for SAA-C02 (at the time of writing, to the best of my knowledge)
  • 50+ Hours of teaching over ~231 lessons
  • ~16 Hours of exciting demos
  • 130 real-world like practice exam questions over 2 real-exam-like practice exams
  • 150 Section summary questions designed for knowledge retention
  • Professional level production values, excellent quality, high-end audio, clear accent and vibrant visuals throughout.
  • Dedicated Exam and Question technique lessons to ensure exam success.
  • All learning aids and demo lesson assets available for download at any time


I passed the SAA-C02 on Friday, have done two other 20 hour courses previously, and am dead certain I wouldn't have passed mine without the demos and depth of explanations and diagrams in Adrian's course. Adrian's course above gave me the confidence to schedule and complete the certification.


I am currently taking Adrian's SAA-C02 course and it is absolutely fantastic. I have access to XXX course as well and all i would say is both are fantastic instructors. I have used Adrian's SAA-C01 course from LA before, so i am slightly biased towards Adrian :)


I've taken Adrian’s course and its been by far the best I've seen. He makes very detailed content easy to comprehend and has been extremely responsive to students. I cannot recommend any higher.


I am taking Adrian's right now by far the BEST course for SAA-C02. I highly recommend for those of you who are considering SAA-C02 exam to go with Adrian's. Best presentation, deep subject matter knowledge and great flow!


I'm taking Adrian's currently and calling it amazing would be an understatement. He's clear, precise and explains the concepts very well. Accompanying the lessons are some awesome animated graphics that helps in understanding the concepts quickly. I view this as a course that I'll refer back even after taking the exam because he mixes in real world tips along with a case study that he develops throughout the course. This is the BEST prep tool out there for SAA-C02 currently, IMHO.


I've always been taught to learn the total package all facets and how it all works together. What makes the product and not just touch on this here and there. So for me more is better for me with the learn by doing and THIS COURSE IS AMAZING!!!


Your course is much better because its not just from exam perspective but it takes you on a journey toward real solution architect



The course offers excellent value for the one time enrollment fee. You will gain full access to the materials, which will receive constant updates for the lifetime of the SAA-C02 certification. I'm so confident in the value, I offer a 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee. All I ask is that you contact me and give me some feedback on what you didn't like.

Your Instructor

Adrian Cantrill
Adrian Cantrill

Adrian is an experienced Solutions Architect and technical trainer specialising in cloud and emerging technologies. Over the past 4 years he has created eight popular online training courses taken by nearly two hundred thousand students globally.

Adrian is obsessed with helping his students learn and develop in the most efficient and effective way possible and draws on over two decades of technology design, implementation and fault-finding experience.

Outside work Adrian loves home automation, green technology, UAV flying and being dominated by his four feline mistresses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is this course new and designed for the SAA-C02 exam
Yes, this is a brand new course. It's not a remake of an existing course designed for the SAA-C01 Exam. The exam has some significant changes and it slightly harder .... this course is designed for that.
How can I join the course Slack Community?
Browse to - you will be asked for your email address and get an invite. Once there, message @Adrian for an invite into the course private channel
Does the course come with practice exams?
It sure does .. two full exams worth of questions and thats in addition to over 150 questions more in the section quizzes.
Does this course include sandboxes?
The course has you create 3 AWS accounts which all include the free-tier (free AWS usage). The course is designed around using this free-tier to keep is almost entirely free. It makes more sense to use these 'long running accounts' rather than temporary AWS accounts.
Does this course include Demos & Labs?
Yes ... the course includes lots of practical lessons which you can watch, or implement in your own environment. Additionally the GitHub repo includes all scripts, CloudFormation templates and other assets used in lessons.
Does this course include interactive diagrams in a split screen format?
No - My teaching type is to have theory full screen while teaching theory (diagrams and visuals) and have the console full screen with large type when doing practical examples.
Is this course kept up to date?
Yes... a single purchase gives you access to this course for life. I will keep this course up to date with the SAA-C02 exam for as long as AWS keep this exam current. You will always be able to use this resource for that exam without fear of extra purchases.
Why should we trust you?
I've worked in online training for 3 years. I've taught 100,000's of students I have a reputation that I want to keep. I'm here for the long-haul to help as many people as I can. Im a real person, who responds to emails/messages and tries to help people One2One as time allows :) I have all the AWS certs and about 30 others ... I've been where you are, learned what you are trying to learn.

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