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Be a SANS Mentor

Are You Interested in Being A SANS Instructor?

In order to become a part of the SANS Faculty, candidates must first be familiar with the SANS course structure, Certification process, and have led classes in the Mentor format. This allows new instructors to learn and grow within the SANS family and be trained to deliver our classes properly.

Developing new instructors is one of the goals of the Mentor Instructor program. Qualified candidates will receive the full support of SANS as you go through the process of learning to deliver SANS content in a variety of teaching opportunities. Individual development plans will be created for each candidate based on their skills and goals for becoming an instructor.

In order to teach for SANS you must hold a current GIAC certification of an 85% or better for the class you wish to teach. If you do not have a GIAC Certification that meets this requirement, but hold a CISSP, you can lead our Management 414, CISSP Prep class. For SANS classes that do not have certifications available, we ask that you still hold a GIAC Certification or a CISSP in another area and have taken the class with a live instructor either in person or online via our vLive! platform.

How to get started as a SANS Mentor Instructor

  • Check your schedule and ensure you have the time to it requires to be a SANS Mentor Instructor:
    • Classes in the Mentor format average 20 hours of class time, which typically are one evening a week for 10 weeks.
    • You will need to allot time for the actual class as well as preparation, communication and follow-up with your students. Figure at least 4 hours outside of class a week.
  • Apply to the SANS Mentor Instructor Program
    • Your application will be reviewed by the Mentor team and you will be contacted regarding your application.
  • For questions about teaching for SANS, please contact

How to be a SANS Instructor

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