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Work Study Program


The Work Study Program is popular and competitive method of SANS training which allows a selected applicant the opportunity to attend a live training event as a facilitator at a highly discounted tuition rate.

A facilitator is a SANS ambassador who assists conference staff and instructors with the following tasks:

  • Conference set-up and break-down
  • Registration
  • Audio visual
  • Signage
  • Marketing
  • Evaluation Processing
  • Courseware preparation and distribution
  • Classroom monitoring
  • Evening session monitoring and evaluation

Facilitators are utilized ONLY at the following types of live training events:

  • National - Network Security, SANSFIRE, Cyber Defense Initiative, SANS-Orlando, etc.
  • Regional - Security East, Security West, Rocky Mountain, London, Sydney, Calgary, Seattle, San Antonio, Chicago, etc.
  • Summit - ICS/SCADA Security, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Hunting & Incident Response, SOC, DFIR, Security Leadership, Security Awareness, Pen Test Hackfest, Healthcare Cybersecurity, etc.
  • Community SANS in North America - Dallas, Vancouver, Portland, Ottawa, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Des Moines, Boston, etc.

Advantages of the SANS Work Study Program include:

  • Attend and participate in a 4-6 day course
  • Receive related courseware materials
  • Work with Certified Instructors and SANS Staff
  • Attend applicable Vendor Lunch & Learns, SANS@Night, and other Special Events
  • Opportunities to network with security professionals
  • Free corresponding GIAC certification exam attempt [if available], when lodging onsite at the host hotel
  • Request early access to online OnDemand integrated slides and notes [if available]

SANS facilitators are cheerful, friendly, and ever-ready professionals who are selected to assist SANS staff and instructors in conducting a positive learning environment.


Work Study FAQ

With the understanding that you will need time to make your plans to attend a conference, SANS will notify applicants by email four to six weeks prior to the event. Selection is dependent on course enrollment.
Facilitators are expected to arrive one day prior to the start of their course to aid in event set up and courseware preparation. Many conferences offer pre or post 1-2-day courses to the 5-6-day courses. Facilitators work long days sometimes up to 12 hours. Daily dismissal will by the instructor and the onsite manager.

The Work Study tuition fee is US$1,100 (or EUR1,001 depending on the event location). Should you be selected to facilitate a Summit presentation, the fee is $183 or 164? per day (from $150-$900 for job-based courses). International Tax/VAT will apply for certain events. In exchange for the Work Study services, the tuition fee includes course books and classroom instruction; the opportunity to work with team members from all over the world; attendance to SANS@Night events, BoFs, special events, Lunch & Learns, and Vendor Expo - the full SANS Conference experience!

The fee also includes mp3 Self Study files. Should the selected course offer the OnDemand delivery option for the job-based course, facilitators can receive early access to the online course. Visit the OnDemand Library to view the available courses.

The tuition fee does not include the featured manuals, routers, and toolkits associated with the Forensic and Wireless courses or NetWars Continuous.

If an accepted facilitator withdraws and not attend the event, a 10% processing fee may be assessed.

You are responsible for all expenses incurred for your travel, transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals.

Facilitators will need to reserve their own hotel accommodations and forward the confirmation email to workstudy@sans.org to qualify for the FREE GIAC certification exam attempt. If you live locally or will be staying with family, you are exempt from this requirement.

NOTE: not all courses offer a GIAC exam attempt.

Facilitators will serve as a room monitor for the course they are attending. Courses are assigned based on availability and as indicated on their application. As a room monitor, facilitators have four major duties:

  1. Instructor Assistant - Room monitors are to be available 15 minutes prior to the start of the course each day, and 15 minutes at the end of the day. This time is used to distribute materials and instructor/conference notes, and to be a point of contact for the instructor.
  2. Checking Badges - This is a very important task for room monitors in allowing only course attendees and SANS staff entrance into the classroom. This will also ensure that the attendee is in the right place, and if not, your redirection will help them get to the right room or to a SANS Staff member to answer questions you cannot.
  3. Serving as a point of contact for their classroom. - Room monitors are to promptly notify SANS staff should any issues arise in their classroom. (i.e., changes in room lighting or room temperature; Audio Visual (AV) equipment failure).
  4. Processing of Course Evaluations - Daily evaluations are distributed during the afternoon break and collected at the end of each day. Room monitors will compile the scores at the end of the day.
The courseware distribution center team leader works directly with the courseware distribution center manager to maintain inventory, which may also include any other tasks assigned.
In addition to the classroom for your selected course, your SANS conference badge will permit entrance to SANS@Night, Bonus Sessions, Birds of a Feather, and Vendor Expo, when available.
Additional tasks may include monitoring SANS@Night presentations for at least one evening during the conference. Facilitators distribute, collect, and tally evaluations for these special sessions as well.
Time is precious when you are facilitating. For meal breaks you will need to coordinate with another facilitator to ensure that the classroom is monitored appropriately.

Yes, an accepted facilitator who has completed payment for their invoice may send an email request to workstudy@sans.org to request access to the OnDemand course they have been selected for. Access will be for 4-months/120 days. The facilitator understands that this access will expire prior to their GIAC exam attempt which is uploaded to their account dashboard 7 days following the event.

OnDemand Disclaimer:

  • Accepted Work Study Program facilitators understand that the courseware, OnDemand training, and certification co-relate and are not interchangeable.
  • Accepted Work Study Program facilitators understand that SANS training materials are periodically updated.
  • In order to provide facilitators with access to the OnDemand bundle prior to the training event, we risk the chance that the course material presented in OnDemand may not match exactly with what will be taught at the training event. The possible differences in course material between your OnDemand course and what will be presented at the training event cannot be pre-identified as some of our courses undergo extensive updates during an update cycle and some do not.
  • The updated online version of the course is not released to the public until 7 days after the training event, when non-facilitators would receive their bundle access. Facilitators will not receive access to these course updates that are released in OnDemand. The timestamp of your "pre-access" locks you into the earlier version of the course.
  • Although the OnDemand bundle is provided to facilitators at no extra charge, the bundles are not available for all SANS courses.
  • The length of access to the OnDemand link is 4 months. OnDemand bundle access period begins the moment it issued to your SANS account.
  • Your access can be extended beyond your original 4-months of access by purchasing an extension. You can purchase 30-day extensions to your course for $249. Due to periodic updates to our online training software, you are restricted from purchasing extensions beyond one year from your original date of access since your version of the course may not be compatible with our updated online training software.
  • Due to periodic updates to our online training software, you are restricted from purchasing extensions beyond one year from your original date of access since your version of the course may not be compatible with our updated online training software.
  • Visit https://www.sans.org/ondemand/faq for more information. Extension fees will apply.

A GIAC Certification exam attempt when taken in conjunction with conference training is US$659. Confirmed reservations at the conference-host hotel will result in the addition of the corresponding GIAC certification to your conference registration at no cost. The hotel's confirmation email forwarded to workstudy@sans.org will ensure that the exam attempt remains free of charge. Local residents or facilitators lodging with family or friends will also receive the exam free of charge. If the facilitator decides to lodge at another hotel, the cost of the exam attempt will apply.

The exam attempt will be available to practice and to schedule proctoring 7-10 days following the event. The Challenge Exam rate for alumni is US$1,149.

Knowledge and/or skills are useful in the classroom when instructors request your support. A positive cooperative attitude and willingness to be of service is even more important. An attitude of willingness and flexibility is appreciated from our facilitators as there are many tasks to be handled onsite at the conference.

Early registration, authorization, and review to the corresponding OnDemand online course will be of value to facilitators.

Accepted event facilitators can earn up to 58 CMUs. Course completion documentation must be submitted within the two year mark of your certification expiration date. For more information regarding CMU, visit www.giac.org/certification-renewal.

Cost

Work Study Program Facilitator Fee:
  • $1,100 US, Canada, and Asia Pacific
  • 1,001€ Europe, plus VAT
  • $1,100 Australia, plus Tax

Summit Series Facilitator Fee:

  • $183US or 164€ plus VAT per day for 1-3 day courses; $1,100 for 4-6 day courses

The cost of toolkits are included in the work study fee.

NetWars Continuous, travel, lodging, and meals are not included in the work study fee.

Courseware materials are not shipped. They are distributed onsite.

NOTE:
  • Payment from a Voucher account is not an acceptable form of payment.
  • GIAC Candidates attempting the GSE will not be authorized to facilitate at the same event.

Guidelines Manual

SANS facilitators, fully accept the responsibility of fulfilling all Work Study Program requirements and duties as outlined in the Work Study Guidelines Manual.


Program Overview

Facilitators arrive between 6:30-9:00am for national/regional/summit events; or at 4:00pm for Community SANS events one (1) day prior to the start of their class to assist with set up. Facilitators function as part of the onsite staff and work long hours each day which may include room monitoring for SANS@Night courses and other evening presentations conducted at the event.

Facilitators will serve as a room monitor for the track they have been selected to participate. Courses are assigned based on availability and as indicated on the contract. As a room monitor, facilitators have four major duties:
  1. Instructor Assistant - Room monitors are to be available 15 minute prior to the start of the course, and 15 minutes at the end of the course. This time is use for in distribution of materials and instructor/conference notes, and to be a point of contact for the instructor.
  2. Checking Badges - This is a very important task for room monitors in allowing only course attendees and SANS staff entrance into the classroom. This will also ensure that the attendee is in the right place, and if not, redirection will help them get to the right room or to a SANS Staff member to answer question you cannot.
  3. Serving as a point of contact for their classroom. Room monitors are to promptly notify the Onsite Manager should any issues arise in their classroom. (I.E. Changes in room lighting or room temperature; Audio Visual (AV) equipment failure).
  4. Processing of Course Evaluations - Daily evaluations are distributed during the afternoon break, collected, compiled at the end of each day.

Team Leaders: A facilitator may be selected serve as a team leader for Courseware, Evaluations, Signage, and Marketing. To optimize the SANS experience, a facilitator may be selected to serve in one of these leadership positions.

Facilitators will sign in and be dismissed daily by the course instructor and the conference manager. On the last day of class, the facilitators will be excused from the event only after evaluations have been processed and pack-up is complete.


Qualification

Leadership
  • Displays a cooperative, professional demeanor
  • Able to direct others; works well with others, and is eager to serve
  • Is pro-active in anticipating classroom needs
  • Ambassador for SANS
Performance
  • Able to follow instructor directions
  • Dependable
  • Actively and willingly participates in class without being disruptive
  • Conscientious in securing instructor equipment and classroom by checking badges
  • Thorough distribution, collection, and processing of daily evaluations

NOTE: This is general information. Both SANS staff and facilitators will make adjustments to suit the demands of each individual event. Onsite training is conducted for a complete understanding of facilitator duties.


Application

All applications to the SANS Work Study Program are reviewed. A facilitator is selected based on the specific need at the training event. Selection is based on the following:
  1. Course(s) indicated on choice list
  2. Course enrollment
  3. Date of Application
  4. GIAC Certification - number of certificates held or membership on the Advisory Board
  5. SANS Mentor
  6. Previous performance rating
  7. Recommendation from SANS staff or instructor
  8. New applicants to the Work Study Program or to shadow a experienced facilitator

When applying for a specific event, be sure to review the event's Registration Info due date prior to submission, as late or incomplete applications may not be accepted.

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GIAC Certification

A GIAC Certification exam attempt is not available for every course.

There is a cost to add the exam attempt when taken in conjunction with conference training. Confirmed reservations at the conference-hosted hotel will result in the addition of the corresponding GIAC certification to facilitator's conference registration. The hotel's reservation confirmation will ensure that the exam attempt can be added free of charge. Local residents or facilitators lodging with family or friends can also receive the exam inclusive on the registration invoice. Should the facilitator decide to lodge at a different location, the cost of the exam attempt will apply.

The exam attempt will be available to practice and to schedule proctoring 7-days following the event. Access is for 120 days/4 months before expiration. All GIAC Certification deadlines are displayed in Universal Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Extension charge will apply.

Monthly exam extensions are available for purchase should you wish to lengthen your access period beyond the standard deadline.


OnDemand

The OnDemand online training tool is not available for every course.

The OnDemand online training tool enables the facilitator to hone their knowledge of each learning objective and to fully prepare for the GIAC exams.

  • As a learning tool - in providing information to better assist the instructor and the students
  • As a support tool - should event duties temporarily take the facilitator out of the classroom environment, they will already have seen most of the material prior to the class

It is also our hope that a positive learning experience is gained through OnDemand to allow the sharing of the experience with other students at conference. For more information regarding OnDemand, visit: About SANS OnDemand

A facilitator can request early access to their OnDemand Bundle online course pre-event. 24-48 hours after Work Study payment is confirmed. To check if the job-based [4-6 day] course the facilitator is accepted to facilitate can be included in the registration, visit SANS OnDemand library.

Access is for 120 days/4 months before expiration. OnDemand deadlines are displayed in Universal Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Extension charge will apply.

OnDemand will include web-based courseware; course lectures and assessment tests presented one learning objective at a time, email access to our virtual mentor, and complimentary Self Study audio files. (Available in .mp3 or .mp4 format of a pre-recorded live session) Some of our technical courses also include hands-on exercises and labs.

Disclaimer:
  • Accepted Work Study Program facilitators understand that the courseware, OnDemand training, and certification co-relate and are not interchangeable.
  • Accepted Work Study Program facilitators understand that SANS training materials are periodically updated.
  • In order to provide facilitators with access to the OnDemand bundle prior to the training event, we risk the chance that the course material presented in OnDemand may not match exactly with what will be taught at the training event. The possible differences in course material between your OnDemand course and what will be presented at the training event cannot be pre-identified as some of our courses undergo extensive updates during an update cycle and some do not.
  • The updated online version of the course is not released to the public until 7 days after the training event, when non-facilitators would receive their bundle access. Facilitators will not receive access to these course updates that are released in OnDemand. The timestamp of your "pre-access" locks you into the earlier version of the course.
  • Although the OnDemand bundle is provided to facilitators at no extra charge, the bundles are not available for all SANS Courses.
  • The length of access to the OnDemand bundle is 4 months. Your OnDemand bundle access period begins the moment it issued to your SANS account. Monthly OnDemand extensions are available for purchase should you wish to lengthen your access period beyond the standard deadline.

Testimonials

"SANS training is known as the best of the best. The opportunity to be part of a delivery team is awesome!"
- John E. Fiess, Institute for Defense Analyses

"I have been a volunteer and am not afraid to work hard to be sure students have what they need to succeed."
- Ryan Jarosek, VPI

"I am new to the information security industry and this experience has given me the best possible way to enter the field with awesome people backing me up from SANS. I would recommend the Work Study Program to a friend because you obtain real world and hands-on experience that you cannot get anywhere else."
- Desi Beam, University of Phoenix

"SANS is an excellent organization. We were charged with being an extension of SANS staff, a task which I fully embraced, and it felt good to be a part of something larger, something that represented excellence. I was actually able to help a few students, and they were grateful. Of course, I made some great networking contacts, too."
- Ken Evans, HFHS

"I truly enjoyed getting to work with the SANS group. It was great to have the opportunity to network with intelligent individuals with diverse skillsets. The training was fantastic, as is expected from a SANS course, and the work-study program was very convenient for me. I appreciate all the hard work the SANS staff put into the event."
- Jared Henderson, Blue Cross/Blue Shield

"The whole SANS facilitator staff and management was very friendly and helpful."
- Oliver Brown, CC Labs, Inc.

"The opportunity to spend time with other facilitators was a very positive aspect of the Work Study Program for me. I felt that this allowed me to get more benefit from the conference proceedings, as I was able to participate in an event that I may have not otherwise attended."
- Brad Wilkerson, Eastern Michigan University

"I love SANS training and after facilitating I love it even more. There is no other training company that has the clout and caliber of instructors as SANS. I am addicted to SANS training."
- Tyler Robinson, Computer Impressions

"Any student who has not been part of SANS in the presentation and running of the conferences misses out on so much "meat" that is left on the table by the people who come to grab a class and play."
- Larry Coleman, United Guaranty-AIG

"The information provided through SANS training is invaluable. The program is an excellent method for people to train from the global leader in infosec training."
- Scott Martin, Spikes, Inc.

"The positive aspect of my Work Study experience was having the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals. I gained appreciation of what is required to put a SANS conference together."
- Jordan Dixon, Dixon IT Consulting. LLC

"The course itself was great and definitely better than other cyber security courses I have taken from other vendors. The SANS experience is unlike anything else on the market."
- Nabil Rasool, Castalia


Contact

Email: workstudy@sans.org