Level 200: Cost Visualization

Last Updated

May 2020


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


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This hands-on lab will guide you through the steps to visualize your cost and usage. The skills you learn will help you analyze your cost and usage, in alignment with the AWS Well-Architected Framework.



  • Setup Amazon QuickSight
  • Configure QuickSight to view your Cost and Usage reports
  • Create a dashboard of cost and usage


Permissions required

  • Log in as the Cost Optimization team, created in AWS Account Setup
  • 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.


  • QuickSight pricing
  • Approx $9-$12 monthly for QuickSight Authors
  • Estimated additional costs should be <$5 a month for small accounts

Time to complete

  • The lab should take approximately 20 minutes to complete