New courses to prepare students for the cloud

New courses to prepare students for the cloud

RMIT has joined with AWS Academy to create new cloud computing courses that will arm students for in-demand roles in business and beyond.

RMIT Online today announced its collaboration with AWS Academy, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) program, with the introduction of two cloud computing courses, AWS Cloud Practitioner and AWS Cloud Architect.

Operating ‘in the cloud’ allows businesses to access their information virtually, creating a flexible and global way of accessing data any place, any time.

Over the last five years, cloud uptake has grown rapidly with leading research and advisory company Gartner estimating that 81% of enterprises were using cloud services in 2018.

However, Australia is still at its infancy in the cloud journey, with some businesses struggling to achieve the maximum benefits of cloud-based innovation in part due to skills shortages.

RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said the launch of the courses was a positive continuation of the University’s tech-led approach to creating academic and industry credentialed courses to fill the demand for skills that businesses are after.

 “We are thrilled to extend our collaboration with AWS Academy to provide courses that are relevant for Australia’s workforce and respond to technological innovation,” Souness said.

“Cloud computing is continuing to revolutionise how businesses across Australia operate and how their employees work. By offering these industry-developed and certified courses we hope to help bridge gaps that companies across Australia might be facing to ensure they are cloud-ready.”

Through a combination of hands-on lab and project work directly work with the computing resources and capabilities of AWS, students will gain meaningful insight into cloud computing and how it can be used in business.  

Both courses will run for 6 weeks online and students will be mentored by industry leading organisations, including Intellify and Versent.

AWS Academy Global Team Lead Scott McKinley said, cloud computing is becoming a dominant technology platform.

 “AWS Academy offers an institutionally embedded pathway for students to gain the necessary computing skills and knowledge that prepares them for the IT workforce. Students will graduate with the training and certification that will prepare them for the workforce and help the industry close the skills gap,” McKinley said. 

AWS Cloud Practitioner is an entry-level course targeted to business and technology professionals to help prepare them for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. It will also provide an introduction to the fundamentals of cloud computing, AWS services, and broader business considerations related to the cloud.

The second course, AWS Cloud Architect, will offer a deeper exploration into the tools and services available in the Amazon Web Services ecosystem, and is intended for technology professionals.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive an RMIT credential and the option to sit for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. 

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Story: Jennifer Graham and Jasmijn van Houten


24 September 2019


24 September 2019


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