Professional Diploma in AWS (Solutions Architect SAA-C02)

Live Online LearningNext Course Starts Apr 22nd€1,500

Take a leap forward in your technical career with the in-demand AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-CO2) qualification. Add AWS expertise to your portfolio in just 10 weeks. The average salary in Ireland for a Certified Solutions Architect is €69,000.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Easy-to-use online student portal
  • Qualified lecturers with industry experience
  • Responsive support and student care

Secure your place with a 5% deposit and continue your professional development.

Course Information

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Part-time 22 Apr - 24 Jun 2021 Limited Spaces Available
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Supported learning with live, online lectures


30 hours: Evening class: 3 hours per lesson, once a week for 10 weeks


Online evening course: 6:30pm-9.30pm Thursday evenings

Course Type

Live online learning

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Course overview

Learning outcomes and course content

Knowledge of industry-leading Amazon Web Services will position you for one of the biggest transitions in the IT professional job market. Ideal for someone with basic knowledge of AWS principles.

What will I learn?


The highly practical course is focused around the four domains of the latest version of the AWS exam, SAA-C02. A qualified instructor will provide guided practice at every stage, helping you build up your ability to architect in a structured way. The course is built around instructor-led demonstrations, using case studies which exemplify well-built infrastructures. Exam practice will allow you to check your knowledge in preparation for the AWS exam.

Course Modules:

Design Resilient Architectures

Design Resilient Architectures

Learn to design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS. Take into consideration fundamental components and effective designs.

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  • AWS global infrastructure
  • Multi-tiered architectures within a VPC
  • Amazon Route 53 and CloudFront
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Decoupled and event-driven architectures
  • AWS storage services
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Design High-Performing Architectures

Design High-Performing Architectures

Understand how to select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements. Learn to identify the appropriate techniques and to code and implement a cloud solution.

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  • Elastic load balancers
  • EC2, ECS, and Elastic Beanstalk
  • Storage performance
  • VPC networking components
  • AWS databases
  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX)
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Design Secure Applications & Architectures

Design Secure Applications & Architectures

Learn to recognise and implement secure practices for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance. Learn to recognise critical disaster recovery techniques and their implementation.

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  • AWS identity and access management
  • Amazon Cognito
  • Service control and protecting applications
  • Logging mechanisms
  • Audit, monitor, and evaluate
  • Data encryption
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Design Cost-Optimised Architectures

Design Cost-Optimised Architectures

Learn to design and deploy enterprise-wide, scalable operations on AWS and implement cost-control strategies.

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  • AWS storage costs
  • Savings plans and reserved instances
  • Cost optimisation across the network
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Have questions about this course?

Find out how this industry-focused course will give you the job-ready skills and knowledge to advance your career.

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Is this course right for me?

This course is not suitable for absolute beginners. It assumes some previous knowledge of scripting languages, Windows and Linux environments, as well as some basic knowledge of the main principles of AWS. You may have already gained your foundational AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner qualification prior to this.

If you are an IT professional looking to work in this area or a consultant/freelancer who would like to add AWS expertise to your portfolio, this certification is for you.

How will this course help with my career?

Some of the biggest companies in the world run on AWS. Certification is fast becoming a prerequisite as employers recognise the importance of up-to-date knowledge of this fast-evolving technology. The average Cloud Solutions Architect salary in Ireland is €69,000. In the US, AWS certification can add 25% to your salary and this trend is expected in Ireland as Amazon continues to dominate the market. After Associate certification is Professional certification, and you can specialise in Alexa, Machine Learning, Security, etc.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience.

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection.

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed externally. The exam lasts 130 minutes and the cost is at the participant’s expense. This exam is administered by a number of exam centres, either in the testing centre or via an online proctored exam.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02) examination is a pass or fail exam. The examination is scored against a minimum standard established by AWS professionals who are guided by certification industry best practices and guidelines.

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

A Professional Diploma is a relatively short, practical course that gives learners up-to-date skills in a professional area. They are suitable for learners wishing to advance their professional skills and career prospects rather than their academic credentials.

With their tight focus and duration, these diplomas are stand-alone qualifications and not referenced to NFQ levels or university degree/diploma courses. They are not generally accepted for transfer credit onto academic courses but are widely recognised and valued by employers.

How do I get my Diploma?

This qualification is certified by Amazon Web Services (AWS) - the world’s most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud platform.

Upon successful completion, you will also be awarded a Professional Diploma from the UCD Professional Academy. You will be asked to provide proof that you successfully passed the exam to be awarded your diploma.

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with anyone wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 5% deposit.

For full-time (bootcamp) programmes, the balance must be paid in full before course commencement.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 50% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

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Professional Diploma in AWS (Solutions Architect SAA-C02)

Gain certified skills in AWS and learn how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies.

Course Price

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Secure your place with a 5% deposit and pay the rest in instalments