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As a beginner, how do I get started with AWS?


For students completely new to AWS, you'll want to begin with the AWS Concepts course. This 1 hour course gives you a high level overview of AWS services and terminology. It will help you understand and get started as you progress through the material in the other courses.

If you are new to Linux as well as AWS, we strongly recommend taking the LPI Linux Essentials Certification course before jumping into the hands-on portion of AWS. It is not strictly required, but having a good foundation in Linux will make a huge difference in your ability to learn and succeed with a variety of AWS services.

If you have some experience with AWS and want to get certified, or if you've completed the AWS Concepts course, you can move on to the AWS Essentials course. This goes through the fundamentals of AWS and ensures you are able to complete the core tasks on the most commonly used services in AWS. 

Alternatively you could also go through the AWS Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01) course. This is the entry level certification for AWS and largely expects only high level knowledge without needing a ton of experience or in-depth knowledge of system architecture or development.

Be sure to check out our AWS Learning Paths as well for a guided course path as you progress into the deeper level AWS certifications and knowledge!

Good luck, and if you run into any issues, or if you have any questions along the way, feel free to reach out to our Support team at for further assistance.