AWS for Tribes

AWS for Tribes / Teams is a 10 to 20 week program with bi-weekly, 4-hour, intensive sessions. Individuals grow to true professionals, and teams develop a peer to peer knowledge sharing culture along the way.

The AWS for Tribes course is designed to help teams design and build secure, reliable and scalable AWS applications.

Duration: 10-20 weeks

10 * 4 hours

80+ hours self-paced

70% hands-on


Virtual / Classroom

4-8 Students

Course Objectives

  • Learn to use all 170+ AWS services, best practices, architecture principles.
  • Learn to use SDKs, CLIs, CloudFormation and 3rd party tools.
  • Get fundamental hands-on experience for AWS Certifications.


  • An AWS Account ready for sandbox usage
  • You have achieved AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or you are on a similar level
  • Basic knowledge of Web, Docker, Python, Databases, Linux Commands (preparation guide available)

Program & Topics

All 170+ AWS services are covered in the learning platform. Most of them are used in hands-on exercises. The following diagram shows how each service or topic is mastered in 6 touch points.


  • Virtual with 4 to 5 students
  • Classroom with 6 to 10 students


The 10 to 20 weeks program looks like this. In case the training is followed virtually, additional QA-sessions are recommended. Services and topics are examples and not exhaustive. The list of all services and topics would be too long to visualize and updated almost every week.


Every training can be tailored to your preferences. Dates are subject to change.

Currently there are no dates available.

Group prices are available, and can be split in 7 sessions for associate and the 3 pro-sessions as an add-on. Ask a quote.


  • Aiming for a specific AWS certificate? Consider one of the official AWS courses, or complete the with (free) online courses.

My 12 promises

Research showed students learn more effective by doing, rather than just listening or reading. Therefore most part of the course is hands-on.

Most trainings are focussed on a particular exam and only a subset of services. In the this training, we’ll touch upon all AWS services and related technologies, with a strong focus on the core 80 services.

Nobody is using the Management Console in production, so why learn to use it anyway? I discovered you can learn much faster with SDKs, CLIs, and CloudFormation, and therefore limit the usage of the Management Console during the courses.

Some services are well explained with a few diagrams, some require gigantic mind maps, and some have beautiful sketch notes already. Easy to memorize or validate your knowledge.

There are literally hundreds of thousands documentation pages and thousands hours of video content. I have selected the most relevant publications and most interesting stories from the big events like AWS re:Invent and AWS re:Inforce. I also record my own videos, so you can watch them on-demand.

To use some services, deep knowledge of related technology is required. Most examples out there are useful to use as an example to accelerate a production implementation, but are too difficult to understand as a rookie. I have simplified most examples, removed all the noise, to really focus on the AWS technology.

Services are just building blocks. Using real-world use-cases as examples how services work together is more meaningful than discussing the service alone.

We do group quizzes, practice exams (multiple choice) or individual progress assessment with open answers. Some with and some without internet access.

I try to avoid slides. During my lectures, I work with a whiteboard and some diagrams that are included in the content.

Learning for 8 hours a day is hard. With some exceptions, I try to limit to 4 hours per day and distribute the session across multiple weeks.

You get access to a platform that is maintained continuously until we approach AWS re:Invent (end of the year). The content is freezed, and a brand new website is launched around new years and you can buy a new access license.

I am a big fan of communities, peer to peer learning, meetups, etc. I hope all students continue the gatherings to share knowledge and keep yourself up to date. Learning together is much more fun than doing it alone.
Martijn van Dongen
Free Agent / AWS Tribe Lead

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