RMIT announced two new cloud computing courses in partnership with American giant Amazon Web Services. The Melbourne university will offer the six week courses online and successful completion will see students gain a credential from RMIT and an option to sit an exam for further accreditation from AWS.

The university also announced new appointments to its leadership team as it looks to further collaborate with industry on technology skills. 

Professor Claire Macken, formerly KPMG’s Director of Education and previously Apple’s ANZ specialist for Industry Higher Education Solutions, joins to lead RMIT’s Future Learning arm and Narelle Stefanac joins from LinkedIn as RMIT Online’s new Growth Director.

RMIT says Australia is in its “infancy in the cloud journey” and needs to develop local cloud skills, a message echoed by AWS and industry.

New cloud computing courses

The two new courses both relate specifically to AWS skills. AWS Cloud Practitioner is an entry level course on the fundamentals of cloud computing including business considerations. The course prepares students for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

The other new course, AWS Cloud Architect, is intended for technology professionals who design and construct cloud computing environments, specifically AWS ecosystems. Successful completion will give students the option to sit for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam.

According to RMIT, both courses include “hands-on lab and project work” and students will be mentored by industry organisations, including Amazon Partners Versent and Intellify.

“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,” said RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness.

“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, said, “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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