AWS Hands-on Challenge Labs

Develop your practical AWS skills with scenario-based hands-on exercises that run in an AWS sandbox environment. Learn by doing and gain real-world cloud skills

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AWS Challenge Labs - Overview

Expand your learning experience in a lab environment and develop AWS skills with Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs are practical exercises ranging from fully guided through to advanced challenges with automatic validation & scoring. Get the hands-on experience you need for your AWS certification exams with scenario-based exercises that run in a secure hosted cloud environment.

Dozens of Labs

With a single one-off payment you get 12 months access to over 100 AWS challenge labs with many more currently in production.

Practical Experience

While beginners follow step-by-step instructions in the guided AWS labs, experts are presented with a scenario and a series of tasks.

No Surprise Bills

Develop and assess your skills without needing to create an AWS account and without ever needing to worry about cloud bills.

Easy Access

Develop and assess AWS skills without ever needing to create your own AWS account or trial subscriptions.

Exam Prep

Get the hands-on preparation you need to pass your AWS exams using the same environment as the AWS Exam Labs.

Test Yourself

With advanced and expert labs you can test your skills and knowledge with automated validation and scoring.

AWS Challenge Labs Pricing

Get 12 months access to dozens of AWS challenge labs – with more being added regularly

AWS Challenge Labs

12 Months Access to AWS Library
$ 79 One-Off Payment
  • Access to AWS Library with over 100 labs
  • 365 days of access
  • Secure sandbox environment - Never worry about bills
  • Multiple levels: Guided, Advanced & Expert
  • Immediate access to new challenge labs
  • You may take each challenge three times
  • Digital badges
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To access over 1000 labs (including AWS, Azure, Linux, VMware, etc) for only $199, click the button below. 

Please note that you won’t be able to upgrade to the All Challenge Labs after purchasing the AWS library.

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How AWS Challenge Labs work

Use the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI to complete hands-on labs

When you launch a Challenge Lab you will be taken into an AWS sandbox environment that has been preconfigured for the specific scenario-based challenge. Depending on the skill level of the lab you will be presented with requirements and instructions you need to follow to complete the exercise.

Below is an example of an AWS Challenge Lab with the AWS Management Console on the left and the instructions and settings on the right:

With an advanced or expert lab, you get to test your skills with automated validation and scoring. In this example, it is required to check and validate your work before you can continue to the next step.

Verify and Check Labs

Who are AWS Challenge Labs suitable for?

Ranging from fully guided to advanced challenges, AWS Labs cater for all skill levels

From complete beginners to advanced users, the AWS labs are excellent for those:

  • Preparing for AWS certification exams in general and/or keen to get familiar with the lab environment for the new AWS SysOps Exam Labs tests
  • Looking to practice and build AWS skills without worrying about a surprise bill
  • Seeking a promotion or employment in the cloud industry


Just getting started? Simply follow the step-by-step instructions with detailed hints to learn the fundamentals in the guided AWS labs. Duration ~ 30 minutes


Create solution according to requirements with supporting documentation - each step is checked / validated. Duration ~ 45 minutes


Create solution according to requirements with basic instructions and no supporting information - receive a final score. Duration ~ 60 minutes.

Dozens of AWS Challenges

Challenge Labs can be filtered by the level of difficulty, exam, certification, job role & learning path

AWS Challenge Labs Badges

Proven and Trusted

Challenge Labs are provided by Skillable, an authorized lab hoster for many partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on AWS Challenge Labs

Your credentials will be emailed to you after purchasing access to the Challenge Labs. Please note that these credentials are separate from your Digital Cloud Training credentials. You can then gain access to the labs through the online portal

No, this is one of the best features of AWS Challenge Labs. They are delivered in risk-free hosted accounts so you don’t need to set anything up and there are no charges applicable to you.

None at all. All services are delivered through hosted accounts so you don’t have to set up an account of your own or pay any additional costs.

Every purchase includes access to all current and future AWS Challenge Labs for 12 months.

You can attempt each Challenge Lab up to 3 times within the 180 day access period.

Please read our Refund Policy prior to making a purchase. Refunds are not possible for Challenge Labs as Digital Cloud Training is charged by Skillable for all student registrations and must pass on those costs.​

Upgrades are not possible as each purchase is an independent subscription. For best value, we recommend the All Challenge Labs with access to over 1000 labs – simply the best value for money. 

A support request can be submitted using the Open Support Ticket Request form located on the Skillable customer support page. Support includes any issues with the functionality or accessibility of the labs. Support does not include subject matter expertise or assistance understanding the topics or material Included in a specific lab.

The Challenge Labs from Skillable are a highly innovative product that includes multiple difficulty levels, automatic activity-based assessments, and real-time scoring. We chose to partner with Skillable as we believe they offer the most robust and reliable hands-on labs product on the market. It’s not surprising that AWS also chose to use Skillable for their new Exam Labs tests.

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