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Mentor: Become A Mentor

Do you know the A, B, C's of Teaching for SANS?

  • A Attend a SANS class.
  • B Become GIAC Certified.
  • C Coach others as a Mentor.

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.

We follow a roadmap to continuously improve our teaching base and bring new talent to the organization. On average, it takes approximately two years to become a SANS Certified 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.

OK, I took a class and have a GIAC Certification of 85%, now what?

First, make sure you have the time to take on teaching for SANS. 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.

The next step is to apply to the Mentor program

Once your application is reviewed by the Mentor team, you will be contacted regarding setting up a local class in your area.

For questions about teaching for SANS, please contact mentor@sans.org.

Click here to view the mentor training video


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