Hands on Challenge Labs

Hands-on Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs are scenario-based hands-on exercises that run in a secure sandbox environment. Learn by doing and gain practical, real-world cloud skills

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Hands-on Challenge labs

What are Challenge Labs?

Challenge Labs are online scored labs that offer extensive hands-on practice opportunities

When you launch a Challenge Lab you will be taken into a hosted cloud environment (e.g. an AWS/Azure account) 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 to complete the exercise. 

Practical Experience

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

No Surprise Bills

Run in a hosted cloud environment, Challenge Labs provide safe practice opportunities - and eliminate the risk of running up any bills.

Over 1000 Labs

With a single one-off payment you get access to over 1000 labs spanning multiple platforms and technologies such as AWS and Microsoft Azure.

How to use Challenge Labs

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Over 1000 Challenges

Challenge Labs can be filtered by challenge level, platform, technology focus, courses, certifications and exams.

Why use Challenge Labs?

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

Easy Access

Develop and assess skills across multiple technologies without ever needing to create your own cloud account or trial subscriptions.

Exam Prep

Get the hands-on preparation you need to successfully pass certification exams - such as the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate.

Reinforce learnings

Drive home key concepts and check your work along the way with screenshots and examples to reinforce what you learned.

Test Yourself

Advanced / expert challenge labs test your skills and knowledge and include automated validation and scoring.

Enhance Skills

Demonstrate your problem-solving abilities and develop/validate your practical skills with Challenge Labs.

Earn your Badge

Get the recognition you deserve with digital badges - an online representation of your achievements.

Who are Challenge Labs suitable for?

Ranging from fully guided to advanced hands-on exercises, Challenge Labs cater for all skill levels

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

  • Preparing for IT certification exams
  • Looking to practice and build cloud skills without worrying about a surprise cloud 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 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.

Challenge Labs Badges

Challenge Labs badges are online representations of your achievements – earn the recognition you deserve

Digital badges enable interested parties to view and learn more about your credentials with a single-click. When someone clicks your digital badge, an overview page is presented on Credly’s Acclaim platform. 

Your Challenge Labs badge can be used to highlight your achievements across all major social networks. Sharing your Challenge Labs badge is a great way to develop your professional brand and let everyone know that you’ve completed a hands-on lab learning experience in your technical area.

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