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Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps

Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps

Next Enrolment

September 5th


$18,264 (International)

$7,992 (Domestic)


Launch your career in cloud services by gaining a comprehensive, highly experiential education in the practice and deployment of cloud computing in enterprises

What you will learn

Work towards a cloud services and operations role with The Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps. Engage in assignments that mimic real-world cloud operations procedures, giving you the competencies to work with cloud-native development and cloud-first deployment approaches in a working context.

In the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps, you will:

  • Gain foundational knowledge required for cloud operations roles such as compliance, security, scaling, containers, microservices, Kubernetes, monitoring, observability, and performance
  • Work first-hand with a vast array of industry-standard tools, including Terraform, Git Merge, Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, Prometheus and Grafana
  • Become adept with prominent cloud platforms like Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google’s Google Cloud
  • Develop and present a compelling business case for cloud adoption to achieve business and digital transformation.
  • Differentiate between the concepts of continuous integration, delivery, and deployment to build effective automated pipelines
  • Learn systems and metrics to observe the health of the production environment for early detection of problems
  • Practice critical soft skills for entry-level roles, including problem-solving, aptitude/ability to learn, and demonstrating curiosity
  • Develop key competencies to execute cloud transformation and enable enterprises to gain competitive advantage in the digital world

Program Benefits

  • The only full-time program in cloud operations offered at a Canadian university
  • Taught by cloud experts who bring their practical perspective and years of insights to the classroom
  • Experience a highly experiential curriculum with practical labs and assignments incorporated into every course
  • Learn in-demand skills such as infrastructure-as-code (e.g., teach Terraform) and DevOps through the programs differentiated content
  • Advance through the program with the same cohort of peers and build your professional network
  • Benefit from exclusive student discount toward a cloud platform-specific certification

Format: Full-time
Delivery: In-class
Term Starts: Fall, Winter
Program Length: 8 months

Career Potential

Business and organizational needs have drastically changed with the pandemic reshaping how companies operate and employees work. Because of this, organizations are developing cloud adoption roadmaps and working to quickly implement those plans.

Because of this exponential rise in cloud adoption, organizations are looking to bring talent in-house to build a cloud workforce from the ground up, creating a talent pipeline of entry-level roles with advancement potential to senior positions.

57% of employers agree that a talent shortage of cloud professionals is the top challenge in operationalizing a multi-cloud environment.

After completing this program, graduates will possess the critical, technical, and people skills to pursue an entry-level role in this rapidly growing field.

Get hired for jobs like:
  • Cloud engineer
  • Cloud support analyst
  • Cloud consultant
  • Cloud architect
Gain these skills:
  • Develop infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • Set-up CI/CD automated pipelines in the cloud
  • Develop the competencies to effectively assess and deliver cloud services


Who should take this program?

The Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps is ideal for:

  • Recent graduates of a diploma or degree in information technology, computer science, or a related field from a recognized college or university or equivalent
  • Professionals with previous work experience in an IT field such as software development, system administration, helpdesk technical support, and cybersecurity
Admission Requirements
  • Degree or diploma in computer science, IT, or a related field
  • Understanding of software development and proficiency in at least one programming language
  • Completed application including a video statement of interest
  • International students must demonstrate an English language proficiency level of IELTS 6.5



  • Courses are conducted in-person at York University main campus
  • Courses are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day
  • In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussion boards, and practice opportunities such as lab work and assignments


CSCL1000 Introduction to Cloud Computing and Operations

The course will help students in exploring answer to the question: "What is cloud computing?" With a detailed, standards-based approach and real-world stories, students will learn the key cloud computing terms and concepts, what technologies support cloud computing, the different cloud computing models and why modern organizations increasingly seeking to expand their cloud blueprint as part of their digital transformation. Students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts and components of cloud computing, including virtualization, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). Cloud offers a number of financial and technological benefits to the adopting organizations, yet there are significant horror stories of data breaches and system downtime. Students will learn how organizations tap those benefits and navigate through and manage risks to achieve an effective organizational cloud strategy.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1010 Introduction to DevOps

The DevOps foundation course provides a baseline understanding of the key concepts of DevOps and SecDevOps. The course includes a discussion on the key principles of DevOps and a practical application of SecDevOps practices in the enterprise. The course will include the latest discussion on the application of security design and practices to the DevOps mindset. There will also be a practical discussion on how to integrate security programs in both the development process as well as the operation process. There will be an opportunity to develop a SecDevOps program using real-life scenarios to maximize learning value. The practical experiences in this course will provide learners with tangible takeaways that will contribute to the understanding of the other courses in the program.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1020 Cloud Computing Foundational Services

This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the core services essential for cloud computing, and teach students the advanced skills required to configure a secure cloud environment. Students will be introduced to design principles of secure cloud computing, risks associated with cloud infrastructure and platform, virtualization, securing cloud network, orchestration, data security, identity access management solutions, emerging cloud computing technologies, and different frameworks used for deploying applications and services. The course will include real life scenarios and case studies to emphasize on importance of cloud security controls. Students will also learn about security risks and challenges of cloud adoption, cloud security operational controls and risk mitigation strategies to effectively manage enterprise risks.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1030 CloudOps Tools and Techniques

This course will give students an introduction to Infrastructure as Code practices, which will include both Ansible and Terraform starting with the basics of how to create and configure cloud computing resources, and progressing to more advanced use cases such as maintaining state for terraform, structure of code, managing environment parity, performing application deployment using Ansible, and patching of cloud resources using infrastructure as code. It will also include effective strategies for source code management, backups and operational reporting. Students will receive an introduction to Jenkins CICD tooling, and develop a clear understanding of Continuous Integration/Delivery/Deployment and the benefits to teams and organizations in these practices while understanding metrics that demonstrate progression with DevOps maturity.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1040 Applied Cloud Computing

This applied cloud computing course will equip students with hands-on expertise about cloud-based solutions and their role in the digital transformation through real-world approaches. Students will explore cloud adoption strategies focused on digital transformation, the design of effective cloud solutions and strategies to maintain the service at high levels of availability, confidentiality, and security. We will start by experiencing architectural models for cloud computing adoption and digital transformation with emphasis on monolithic, service-oriented, and micro-service models. Students will then explore the main cloud migration strategies by applying the 6 Rs of Cloud Migration Strategies encompassing workload assessment and the need to implement for security controls such as Identity Access Management (IAM), Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Single Sign-On (SSO) and Encryption.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1050 Advanced CloudOps Tools and Techniques

This course will give students an introduction to container technology including best practices in creating container images, container lifecycle management, how to persist containers, and understanding the benefits of using containers. It will provide an overview of Kubernetes as a container orchestration platform including the use of Istio as a service mesh and the benefits each provides, as well as deploy container workloads to Kubernetes. Students will also learn security assessment of container platform, real-time security scanning of container platform, and logging and monitoring of container workloads. Demonstration of how to deploy container workloads through a CI/CD process, how to scale both container replicas and Kubernetes worker nodes in response to increasing load.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1060 Business Continuity in the Cloud

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery is about an organization being prepared for business disruption and taking the necessary actions to get the business operational as soon as possible after an incident or disaster occurs. This course provides students with a strong foundation in business impact analysis, business continuity and disaster recover planning by looking at how to approach business continuity management in the Cloud, why it’s important, and how to architect for failure within the overall risk management process, along with recovery in case of a disaster.

13 Classes

39 Hours

CSCL1070 Applied CloudOps Capstone

This course will allow students to apply the tools and techniques for cloud ops that have been learned in Cloud operations Concepts and Cloud Computing Applications to solve an interesting real-world cloud computing challenge. This course requires students to demonstrate competence in analyzing, designing, developing, and testing a cloud-based system. Students will create and present a cloud-based solution proposal that includes design documentation, implementation plan, cloud resources required, basic security plan and project test plan to create an operational cloud-based system solution.

13 Classes

39 Hours



Ferris Adi

Eric Anastacio Cloud Computing Instructor

Eric Anastacio


Ahmad Cheema


Zain Haq

Parul Khanna CyberOps Instructor

Parul Khanna

Shane-Mannion DevOps Instructor

Shane Mannion

Claude K. Sam-Foh_ Cloud Computing Instructor

Claude K. Sam-Foh

Advisory Council


Anita Huang Teshima

Claude K. Sam-Foh_ Cloud Computing Instructor

Claude K. Sam-Foh


Wessam Abdelwahab

Post-Graduate Certificate in CloudOps

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$18,264.00 (International)

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$7,992.00 (Domestic)

Policies & More Information

Minimum Recommended Hardware:

•  Laptop: Personal computer (PC)
•  Operating System: Windows 10 Professional (64-bit only) and later
•  Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
•  Memory: 4 GB of RAM (8 GB preferred)
•  Hard Drive: 250 GB or larger (Solid State Drive (SSD) preferred)
•  2 USB ports
•  Webcam
•  Microphone (headset preferred)

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