Level 200: Cost and Usage Governance

Last Updated

May 2020


  • Nathan Besh, Cost Lead Well-Architected
  • Spencer Marley, Commercial Architect


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This hands-on lab will guide you through the steps to implement cost and usage governance. The skills you learn will help you control your cost and usage in alignment with your business requirements.



  • Implement IAM Policies to control usage


Permissions required

  • Log in as the Cost Optimization team, created in AWS Account Setup
  • Add the following IAM Policy for this lab
  • NOTE: There may be permission error messages during the lab, as the console may require additional privileges. These errors will not impact the lab, and we follow security best practices by implementing the minimum set of privileges required.


  • A small number of instances will be started & then immediately terminated
  • Costs will be less than $5 if all steps including the teardown are performed

Time to complete

  • The lab should take approximately 15 minutes to complete