Are you up for the challenge?

Are you ready to give your cloud skills a major boost? Join the Take Thr3e Challenge to diversify your strengths and get hands-on practice.  

We’ve got 5 months of skill-building challenges designed to help you become stronger in your role and further your career. Think expert-led author talks, practice exams, and hands-on labs. You’ll earn badges for deepening your expertise.


Top 10 participants to complete the most hands-on labs, practice exams & walkthroughs


Particpants to complete at least 1 Hands-on lab, 1 Practice Exam and 1 Walkthrough


Complete more than 1 Practice Exam 

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Complete more than 1 Hands-on Lab 


Attend more than 1 Walkthrough 

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Here's how the challenge works:

First, ensure you have access to A Cloud Guru so you can access the hands-on labs and practice exam links. Click here to request access. 

Join the Take Thr3e challenge to deepen your expertise and get hands-on practice by completing 3 types of learning experiences each month:

Attend 1 Author Talk

Complete 1 Hands-on Lab

Complete 1 Practice Exam

Questions about the Take Thr3e Challenge? Post them on our Yammer Site


Hands-on Labs

Gain real-world experience in real environments. ACG gives 
you safe spaces to sharpen your skills, code along, or just play around with new tech — all without fear of breaking things

Practice Exams

Prepare yourself to confidently face the pressures of the real Cloud Certification exams. Answer similar style questions in the same format and time as the real exam.  

Wednesday Walkthroughs

Featured Speakers

Mattias Andersson

ACG Sr. Community Training Architect and GCP & AWS Professional

Mattias has had many roles in software, since 2001—including architecture, coding, project management, security, training, mentoring, and team leadership. Mattias achieved all 5 AWS Pro and Associate certifications in just 5 months, scoring over 90% on each one. He then also achieved Google’s Professional Cloud Architect and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications—and was chosen by Google to be one of their Subject Matter Experts for the latter.

Scott Pletcher

Principal Community Training Architect

Scott Pletcher has over 29 years experience in the IT field, most of which has been in technology leadership positions within large global organizations. Working across a variety of industries, he has served as Enterprise Architect, SAP Technical Director, Software Development Manager, Agile Coach and Innovation Program Manager. Scott maintains several cloud certifications in Architecture and Machine Learning as well as a PMP and PMI-ACP from the Project Management Institute. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in MIS from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and holds an MBA from The Citadel. In addition to being a full time training architect for A Cloud Guru, Scott is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Technology from Purdue University.

Janani Ravi

Pluralsight Author

Janani has a Masters degree from Stanford and worked for 7+ years at Google. She was one of the original engineers on Google Docs and holds 4 patents for its real-time collaborative editing framework. After spending years working in tech in the Bay Area, New York, and Singapore at companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Flipkart, Janani finally decided to combine her love for technology with her passion for teaching. She is now the co-founder of Loonycorn, a content studio focused on providing high-quality content for technical skill development. Loonycorn is working on developing an engine (patent filed) to automate animations for presentations and educational content.

Craig Golightly

Pluralsight Author

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Craig is passionate about solving problems with the right tools. He has over 20 years of software development experience with large enterprises and small startups on everything from search engines to fighter jets. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science with extensive experience in AWS, microservices, and artificial intelligence. Craig enjoys teaching and mentoring others so they can save time and accomplish their goals faster.

NIgel Poulton

Pluralsight Author

Nigel is a tech-oholic with a passion for demystifying exciting technologies. He's written several best-selling books and video training courses, and has helped well over 1 million people take their first steps with Docker and Kubernetes. When he's not playing with technology, he likes cars, scifi, and spending time with his family. He loves to connect with people, and you can reach him at He's also on most of the social media platforms at the "nigelpoulton" handle.