Course Description

pcsaThis course is designed for technology professionals who architect the technology solutions that support the changing requirements due to adoption of cloud computing, and help organizations leverage the opportunities that cloud is creating. Solution Architects need to understand the impact that cloud is having on business and information architecture, application design, data management, and security architecture – and be very familiar with the topology and eco-systems that are being created as a result of increasing adoption of cloud technologies and operating models.

The Cloud Solution Architect course is designed for senior technology professionals who are architecting and designing the future generation of technology solutions. This training is delivered as a 3-day classroom or virtual classroom program. The training covers the critical concepts, and supplements this with hands-on, practical exercises, and case studies, which extensively refer to the technologies from the most important technologies, platforms and cloud standards.

The course materials include comprehensive reference materials that help to continue the participants’ educational experience after the course. The course prepares candidates for the Professional Cloud Solutions Architect Certification (PCSA) Exam provided by the Cloud Credential Council. The PCSA is endorsed, recognized and supported by several key technology vendors and standards bodies. The content for this course, as well as the PCSA certification is based on the cloud standards developed by NIST.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the participant will gain competencies in and be able to:

  • Explain the history of Cloud Computing and its impact on business and IT Architecture
  • Demonstrate the key engineering concepts of operating “as a Service”
  • Explain the impact of Cloud Computing on Service Management
  • Understand Consumer & Provider Perspectives on Setting Up Cloud Environments
  • Evaluating a Cloud Solution Architecture
  • Migrating and transitioning to a Cloud environment


Cloud Credential Council Professional

Cloud Solutions Architect (PCSA)


About the Examination

The Professional Cloud Solutions Architect Certification is the most recognized and well-respected Professional Certification provided by the Cloud Credential Council (CCC). Professional Certifications are awarded to candidates who have completed an approved certification-training program.


About the Exam:

Exam Format: Web based, Closed Book

Question: 25 scenario-based questions

Pass score: 65%

Duration: 75 minutes. For non-native speakers an additional 15 minutes is available.

Proctoring: Live or webcam




3 days


Target Audience

The Cloud Design, Build, Transition and Transformation course will be of interest to:

  • Technology Architects
  • Application Architects
  • System Architects
  • Cloud Strategy Consultants
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Senior Developers


Course Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites; however, it is recommended that participants have achieved the Cloud Technology Associate certification (or its equivalent) from the Cloud Credential Council (and that participants are conversant with cloud concepts and vocabulary). It is further recommended that participants are TOGAF Certified (or its equivalent).


Suggested Follow on Courses

The Cloud Credential Council has released five syllabi for Professional Cloud certifications. Other certifications include:


Course Content

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Introduction Evaluating a IaaS Solution architecture Evaluating a SaaS Solution architecture
Cloud Computing topology and emerging eco-systems Writing a IaaS Solution Architecture Specification Writing a SaaS Solution Architecture Specification
Service Management Lifecycles and Cloud Developing a IaaS Business Case Developing a SaaS Business Case
Consumer and Provider perspective on setting up cloud environments Migration, Legacy Transition and Transformation to IaaS Migration, Legacy Transition and Transformation to SaaS
Security Architecture and Cloud Evaluating a PaaS Solution architecture Certification Exam Preparation
Cloud ecosystems Writing a PaaS Solution Architecture Specification
Targeting the right solution architecture Developing a PaaS Business Case
Migration, Legacy Transition and Transformation to PaaS



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