AWS Authorized Instructor Program (AAI)
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Become an AWS Authorized Instructor (AAI)
The AAI Program is a global program that gathers all instructors authorized to deliver official AWS curriculum via AWS or ATPs—the AWS employees, partner-employed instructors, and freelance instructors recognized by the AAI status.
Whether the class you want to join is delivered in AWS offices or by an AWS Training Partner (ATP), our goal is to provide you with a world class experience. The large AAI community allows us to propose classes delivered in various languages and across countries.
AAIs receive benefits (exam vouchers, console credits, mentorship and more) as a reward of being part of the AAI community. They also get to advertise their participation in this industry-recognized program, thanks to an AAI digital badge.
The AAI program is a means for partners to work with individuals that have been officially recognized by AWS. The AAI status is value-added to ATP-offered classes.
AAI profiles vary from seasoned trainers to IT consultants. The minimum certification required to join the AAI Program is the AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate Certification.
Steps to becoming an AAI
Find a sponsor
Individuals joining the program need to be sponsored by an AWS Training Partner (ATP). Sponsorship is here to ensure access to tools to which only AWS or ATPs have access.
AAIs receive access to a library of exclusive content upon signature of Authorized Instructor Agreements with AWS. They are requested to study on various topics for a period of four weeks in order to prepare themselves for the authorization.
Instructor candidate authorization
AAIs are evaluated in groups over a multi-day exam. During these sessions, they are evaluated on their knowledge of the official curriculum as well as their skills to deliver live and efficient courses.
The AAI Community
The AAI community is made up of instructors with unique backgrounds and a wide range of experiences in the cloud and in the classroom. They come from all over the globe and share a passion for teaching as well as educating AWS customers. There are three effective ways to participate within the AAI community:
A status acquired by internal or partner technical instructors who are authorized to deliver formal AWS curriculum.
A status acquired by internal or partner AAIs who are authorized to deliver at least least four distinct, formal, multi-day AWS courses including one professional course.
A status acquired by AAI Champions who received Mentor nomination, attended the AAI Mentor Program training, and passed the subsequent assessment. Currently, internal AAIs can achieve this status and mentor partner AAIs. Eligibility for partner AAIs to become Mentors will be available soon. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does AAI stand for?
AWS Authorized Instructors
What types of classes are delivered by AAIs?
To read more on our offerings, please visit Digital Training and Classroom Training . Note that trainings delivered under specific programs like AWS re/Start, AWS Educate, or AWS Partner Training and Certification are treated separately.
How much does the program cost?
The program is free to join. AAIs receive exam vouchers and console credits once approved (value based on a tier model). No registration fees are applicable to the Instructor Candidate Authorization.
Is the instructor accreditation similar to other AWS certifications?
Our instructor candidates are accredited by experienced peers during live sessions. Approvals are managed by the AWS Authorized Instructor Program team.
I am part of the APN network and want to offer a training to my client. Can I join the instructor program and deliver classes myself?
Only AWS Training Partners are allowed to deliver classes on their own. Other partners can only deliver classes via AWS or AWS Training Partners (ATPs). Learn more about AWS Training Partners.
Are there conditions to stay in the program once approved?
We require instructors to deliver a minimum number of classes every year and maintain a high level of quality for each delivery. Failure to achieve a good level of delivery and to stay up-to-date with the latest official content would be conditions to lose the AAI status. Our delivery requirements ensure that our instructors have constant exposure to our teaching material (not just AWS content or platform) and provide a business justification for benefits they receive for being part of the AAI Program.
Do you have questions?
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