Cloud Academy’s Hands-On Labs are an integral part of our platform. Learning by doing is the fastest way a professional can help their organization close its technical skill gaps. Labs develop your skills first-hand by working through problems in real cloud environments on platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Each Lab provides a comprehensive learning experience and includes access to an environment, instructions, and guided explanations. You can complete each Lab at your own pace to facilitate knowledge retention and enable experimentation.  As our library of Labs continues to grow, we remain committed to updating Labs to ensure you can succeed and are learning what’s current. 
Cloud Academy Labs complement the other core types of content we offer in Courses, Quizzes, and Exams, which combined, offer a structure in the form of Learning Paths. Earlier this year, we announced Custom Hands-on Labs and now our enterprise customers are adapting existing Labs and creating entirely new ones to suit their training needs using Content Engine:

At Cloud Academy, we are always listening to what our customers are saying and working to provide the best technology training experiences. The rest of this blog highlights some of the recent features we’ve released related to Labs to provide those best-in-class training experiences.
Validation for Hands-On Labs
With Cloud Academy Hands-on Labs, you could always follow the instructions in the guided Lab experience to achieve its objectives. But maybe you’re also interested in challenging yourself and trying to complete a Lab without entirely depending on the instructions. Or maybe your manager wanted to increase their confidence in your Cloud Academy Skill Profile by evaluating your performance in Labs. We’ve heard your feedback and delivered validation for Hands-On Labs in November 2018 to satisfy these and other requests.
The last step of each Lab is

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