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AWS re/Start short course

Prepare for a career in cloud computing.

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources via the internet. It allows access to technology services such as computing power, storage and databases on an as-needed basis from cloud providers. It reduces costs for users and helps them to be more agile, innovative and effective.

About this programme

The AWS re/Start short course prepares participants for entry-level cloud computing roles in operations, site reliability, infrastructure support and technical-adjacent business support functions.

Through real-world, scenario-based exercises as well as hands-on labs and coursework, you’ll learn how cloud computing works; how to use different programming languages; and how to build Linux, Python, network and security systems, and relational databases. You’ll participate in an internship with an industry partner (who could be a potential employer) and you’ll also develop practical career skills, including interview preparation and creating a CV.

The programme covers the cost of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam, so you can validate your cloud skills with an industry-recognised credential.

This course is delivered at Ara Institute of Canterbury in partnership with Unitec, you will be redirected to the Unitech website to apply for this programme. Please contact Ara if you have any questions or concerns.

Key details

Start date     18 October
Duration   12 weeks, full-time
Location Ara City campus
Fees   Free for eligible learners (see ‘pre-requisites’ below)


To be eligible for admission to this programme, you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen/resident
  • be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  • have general IT technical knowledge and/or NCEA Level 2 or above in computing, or equivalent, or demonstrated capability through work experience
  • attend an interview with academic staff and industry placement provider to be successfully enrolled to the programme