Five amazing free AWS training resources

No matter where you are in your AWS career, the more you know the better. That’s where AWS training videos & resources can really help. The platform is evolving and growing at a seemingly relentless pace, so keeping up with the latest innovations is a crucial part of your armoury. In fact, most AWS professionals consider training to be an essential part of their job role.

Whether you’re at the beginning of your own journey through the cloud, an experienced professional, or simply want to bolster your skillset ahead of your next potential career move, the great news is that the AWS ecosystem is an incredibly inclusive and welcoming place to learn.

However, the bad news is that it can be tricky to find the best option for you. We know that training can be a major investment not just in time, but also money—so we’ve put together this list of the best AWS training videos & resources.

AWS video learning library

It would be crazy not to start with AWS’ own online training resources, right? The AWS Learning Library contains over 500 different free of charge courses, that can all be completed at a speed that suits you. So whether you want to black out the windows and go from novice to expert without sleep for a week, or set aside a portion of your lunch break each day and go through it slowly, it’s the perfect way to learn at your own pace.

Courses have also been grouped into specific learning paths too, so if there’s an area of AWS you really want to learn, you’ll be taken through all of the relevant training material available. While many of these are based on job roles within AWS, others are simply skill-related, which makes the AWS Learning Library an ideal port of call whether you’re a novice just starting out or a seasoned pro looking to brush up on your knowledge.

Udemy

Udemy has over 3,000 courses available on AWS which, as you’d expect, cover a pretty hefty range of subjects. There’s everything from introductory courses all the way up to exam prep for AWS certifications, from some pretty experienced tutors too, so no matter what your needs, the chances are they’ll be covered here. This Zero to Hero course has had over 163,000 students so far, so it’s a good starting place for the AWS novice on a budget.

There are also a number of paid-for courses, too, but here’s a pro tip—there’s usually a discount of some description available from Udemy. Most of the chargeable courses tend to work out around $40, but if that’s out of your price range then sign up for email alerts, and you’ll likely receive an offer soon enough. Yes, we might be bending the “free” part of the title of this a little, but there are plenty of available options on Udemy that come without any price tag at all, and you should be able to get a pretty good discount on any that are chargeable, if you’re willing to wait it out a bit.

ExamPro

If you’re a little further into your AWS journey, AWS Community Hero and creator of freeCodeCamp Andrew Brown’s ExamPro YouTube channel is an incredible resource. Having spent a long time producing both free and paid AWS learning materials, it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing.

ExamPro contains over 800 videos that cover a wide range of technical problems that can crop up while you’re at your desk, as well as guidance that will help you once you’re ready to start tackling certification exams. There’s over 25 hours of free videos on the YouTube channel, and you can also register on the ExamPro website for chargeable resources such as exam cheat sheets and study guides.

Revolent

If you’re looking for training AND a job, you’ve come to the right place! Our intensive careers programs are open to people with a background in tech and will teach you the fundamentals of AWS all the way through to more advanced levels. You’ll be supported to gain four AWS professional certifications and will gain invaluable work experience working with our clients as a Revolent AWS consultant.

Did we mention that we’ll pay you during your training, too? If you’re interested, you can find out more here.

MVPs

Finally, one of the greatest things about AWS is that, like most cloud ecosystems, there’s a community full of passionate evangelists for the platform. There are plenty of places to discusst AWS best practices, learn new things, and to find someone willing to help you troubleshoot or simply answer any query you may have.

The AWS Community Heroes program has been running since 2014, where AWS acknowledges those individuals who go out of their way to make a difference for those working within the ecosystem. It’s full of prolific bloggers, social media personalities, and people that dedicate a huge portion of their lives to helping others.

That’s probably your best place to start, but there are a number of other people beyond that who contribute in many different ways. Corey Quinn, for example is a prolific Tweeter, but also releases regular podcasts, blogs and Twitch streams.

Elsewhere on Twitter, @acloudguru@jeffbarr and @theburningmonk are also very useful accounts to follow, while other podcast takes are available from The Cloudonaut, as well as from Amazon themselves on The AWS podcast. They might not be straight-up educational resources, but they’re a good way of flagging up potential knowledge gaps that you can then pursue elsewhere.

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