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07 Feb 2017 at 17:00 UTC
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About this course

Note: You should be able to complete all lessons and labs in 4-6 hours, regardless of when you begin.

Atlas is MongoDB's database as a service platform. In this short course, we provide a detailed introduction to its features and give students the opportunity to create and use a variety of MongoDB clusters in Atlas.


  • This course contains four chapters of pre-recorded video lessons, hands-on labs, and a short final exam.
  • The material for all chapters and the final exam is available to you immediately. 
  • The course is open for a period of three weeks. You may complete the material at any time during this period.
  • Your grade for the course will be based on labs (50%) and the final exam (50%). 
  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course if you achieve a 65% or above on graded material.


Upon completing this course, students will be able to create and configure their own clusters in Atlas, manage groups and user privileges, and read and write data to Atlas clusters from a MongoDB application. Students will also learn to use the metrics dashboard to monitor their applications, create and respond to alerts, and restore data from backup.


M101J, M101JS, M101N, M101P, M102 or 3-6 months experience using or administering MongoDB.

System Requirements

  • Web Browser: FireFox 39.0+ or Chrome 43+ (Internet Explorer is currently not supported)
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7+ 64-bit, Ubuntu 14.04+ 64-bit, or Windows 8+ (64-bit)
  • MongoDB: 3.2.6+


Chapter 1: Introducing Atlas
Chapter 2: Scaling with Atlas
Chapter 3: Monitoring and Backup
Chapter 4: Wrapping Up
Final Exam


William Cross

Will is a curriculum engineer on the Education team at MongoDB. In addition to developing courses for MongoDB online and in-person training programs, Will also writes and maintains the MongoDB Professional Certification exams. Will holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Irvine.


  • What is the cost of the class?

    This class is free, but in order to complete the labs you will need to enter a credit card into Atlas. The total cost of the clusters we ask you spin up is approximately 5 USD, provided you complete each chapter in one sitting.

  • What do I need to take this class?

    You will need access to a computer and YouTube. A recent Windows, Mac OS or Linux based machine will work fine.

  • What do I receive for taking this course?

    You will get a certificate of completion from MongoDB, Inc.

  • Do I need to be available during a certain hour of the day to watch the course?

    The course is self-paced with weekly deadlines. The course will be broken down into short video segments with periodic assessments to check on your progress, weekly assignments and a final exam.

  • Will I be able to get help?

    We will be providing online forums where students can help each other. In addition, the instructor(s), teaching assistants and other MongoDB employees will monitor the forums and try to help. Often the fastest answer comes from another student.