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Becoming a SANS Instructor

Becoming a SANS Instructor

FAQ on Becoming a SANS Instructor

    Qualifications | Application Process | Preparation
    Mentor Program | Community SANS

    What qualifications do I need?
    • A desire to give back to the information security community and help others learn.
    • 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.
    • Have taken the class with a live instructor either live or online via vLive.
    • The ability to spread the word about your course to the local community and help get students into your course.
    • Patience and a good sense of humor.
    What is the Application process?
    • Submit the application by clicking on Apply Now.
    • Talk with a SANS team member and ask as many questions as you like.
    • When you are accepted into the program, our team will work with you to schedule a course and location.
    • Spread the word about your course to your community and contacts. SANS posts all Mentor and Community SANS courses on our website and sends out emails to people in your local area. We can provide you with the information to include in the emails.
    • Approximately six to eight weeks before your course starts, you will attend training calls. These are mandatory calls and must be completed before your course begins.
    Am I ready for this?
    • You don't have to be a rock star, yet! It takes time to hone your skills as an instructor and the Mentor program gives you the opportunity to develop these skills through a multi-week course format, while Community SANS allows you the opportunity to test your skills in a live instruction setting with daily instruction. Think of it as on the job training. You learn as you grow through various SANS events based on putting you in the right environment throughout your development.
    • Your experience and stories are valuable learning tools. Yes, that's right, your experiences will help others learn and relate course content to real life. As a practitioner, you have stories to share, both good and bad.
    • Can you commit the time? In addition to the two hours a week for a Mentor class or 2-6 days for Community SANS, you will need to spend time preparing for the next class and communicating with students about the next course. It's safe to plan on a total of six hours a week for preparation leading up to your first class.
    "I enjoy teaching as a Mentor because I get to meet great people in my local community and the timing of the classes fits in well with my busy schedule."
    What is Mentor?

    Multi-week peer led study group format sessions held in your own community, perhaps using your own company's boardroom. Learn More

    What is Community SANS?

    Live instruction held in a small class setting in cities both in and outside of your community. Instructors travel to teach these classes.Short courses are 2 days in duration, long courses are 4 to 6 days in a row. Learn More

    *NEW* Community SANS courses may also be taught live in your community 1 or 2 days/week over 3 to 6 weeks.

    We will work with you to determine which format is right for you!