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VNS3 Cloud & Networking Foundations

About This Course

The VNS3 Certified Associate course is intended for individuals who are building their knowledge of cloud computing, networking, and security.

The VNS3 Associate course is focused on building strong fundamentals for VNS3 users to better understand the core of the network security software. This course will set a foundation in cloud computing basics, networking concepts, and security. While this course does not explicitly cover VNS3, it is fundamental for those who wish to continue the VNS3 training courses.

Who We Are

Cohesive Networks are passionate about both learning and sharing knowledge with our team, customers, partners and community. Our virtual networking software helps over 2,100 customers in 22 countries connect and secure the data that matters most to them.

VNS3 is changing the way enterprises secure and connect applications in the cloud. We are more than happy to help you educate and assist your end customers at any point along the journey.

Why get certified?

This exam validates your ability to:

  • Support cloud-based projects by providing insights into the basic structure and interactions in cloud networks
  • Advise team members in both business functions and technology functions of best practices for building and managing cloud-based projects
  • Communicate complex cloud computing technologies in business terms
  • Plan and configure networking fundamentals to fit a cloud-based scenario
  • Evaluate cloud network security features to best fit for each use case

Grading and Timing

Course Timing

This course can be online-only or a combination of online and in-person. We estimate the course will take 10 hours to complete. This includes the videos, reading materials and some suggested external documentation cited in the course.

There is a 1 hour time limit to the final exam. The course modules are designed to build on existing knowledge, so the exams are “open-book”. All questions are limited to 1 submission attempt. After examinees attempt a question there is an option to check the answer.


This course will cover three Domains. Each Domain section will have a quiz. Quizes are 30% of the total grade. Each Domain section will have a hands-on lab, combined for a total of 25% of the final grade. The last section is the final exam counts as 45% of the total grade. Students must earn a 60 or higher on the course to pass.

Grade Distribution:

  • Lab assignments: 25%
  • Domain quizzes: 30%
  • Final exam: 45%


These training courses or other equivalent methodologies will assist in exam preparation:

  • Cloud provider security documentation
  • Networking documentation
  • Ability to access and test in a virtualized environment such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure
  • Familiarity with common network devices

Training Team

Margaret Valtierra
Margaret Valtierra

Margaret Valtierra is the Senior Marketing Specialist at Cohesive Networks. She is responsible for growing Cohesive’s awareness through digital and written content creation, public relations, and community events. She organizes the Chicago AWS user group and DevOps Days Chicago. Previously, Margaret was VP of Operations at GreenPoint Partners, a sustainability consulting company for commercial real estate. Margaret has a BSM from Tulane University and is an Amazon AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. She also holds a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge.

Ryan Koop
Ryan Koop

Ryan Koop is the Director of products and marketing at Cohesive Networks. He is responsible for product development and manages teams for public relations, international events, and content marketing. His role spans the technical product development, customer support, business development, and thought leadership needs of a growing company.

Previously, he worked at a trading platform software company in the US Derivative Markets. Ryan attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an Amazon AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a cloud/networking power user to start this course?

No. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals. This course focuses on cloud computing topics, security fundamentals, and networking concepts in abstract. We will reference other organizations' work for more in-depth information, such as the Amazon AWS security white papers or security experts' long-form articles. For hands-on work, there will be video examples, while the labs will be very similar to course videos.

Can I skip this course if I feel comfortable with cloud/networking?

We highly recommend at least skimming the sections and taking the quizzes and final. While it is a high-level view of cloud and networking we hope it will be a useful refresher. The content does assume some familiarity with the material and future training courses will build on these fundamentals.

What resources will I need to study and test?

A reliable, high speed internet connection, your favorite command line editor, and public cloud accounts will all help you complete lab assignments.

Ability to test in a virtualized environment such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure.