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RMIT Online joins AWS Academy to help prepare students for in-demand cloud roles

The new cloud computing courses respond to a growing trend for academic and industry credentialed education.

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 Solutions Architect. Both courses will run for 6 weeks online and students will be mentored by industry leading organisations, including AWS premier partner Intellify and advanced partner Versent.  

Over the last five years, cloud uptake has grown rapidly with 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.  

AWS Cloud Practitioner is an entry-level course for business and technology professionals intended to help learners prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, whilst also providing an introduction to the fundamentals of cloud computing, AWS services, and broader business considerations related to the cloud.  

AWS Cloud Architect is intended for technology professionals who seek to design, prepare and optimise cloud computing environments to deliver business outcomes. The course will offer a deeper exploration into the Amazon Web Services ecosystem, preparing technology professionals to understand and utilise the tools and services available to achieve optimised cloud outcomes. Upon completion of the course, students will receive an RMIT credential and the option to sit for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam.  Both courses include meaningful hands-on lab and project work for students to directly work with computing resources and capabilities of AWS.    

Commenting on the launch of the courses, RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said it 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.”  

Scott McKinley, AWS Academy Global Team Lead, also commented on the courses: “Cloud computing is becoming a dominant technology platform, and 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.”  

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This article was originally published on 23 September 2019