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Work Study

Work Study

Program Details

The SANS Work Study program is popular and competitive method of training that provides applicants the opportunity to serve as a facilitator at a highly discounted rate at specific events. To be considered for a Work Study position at national and regional conferences, summit series, or Community SANS training events, please submit an application for the event in which you are interested.

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The instructor's knowledge, both theory and practical is amazing. This is the first time I have seen the teacher assistant utilized. I think it added great value given to the size of the class. Both facilitators were great assistants.

- Alvin T. Haynes, ITAC Group

What is a Facilitator?

A facilitator serves as an extension of the SANS staff. Conference and work study positions vary based on the size and need at the training event. Facilitators assist with conference set up and teardown, registration, audio visual, signage, courseware preparation and distribution, and serve as a room monitor. SANS facilitators are cheerful, friendly, committed professionals who are ready to go out of their way to help others.

Only $900 to receive a SANS education

If you are selected to work a SANS training event, you will pay a nominal facilitator fee of $900 in exchange for the Work Study services. You will receive the opportunity to attend the course and, when applicable, attend SANS@Night events, BoFs, Special Events, Lunch & Learns - the full SANS Conference experience!

The facilitator fee will include courseware materials, and self-study files. It does not include toolkits, routers, featured manuals and CD-ROMS, or any other bonus materials. Should an applicant be selected to facilitate any of the courses offering a toolkit, they may inquire the optional purchase amount by calling SANS Customer Support at 301.654.7267. The purchase will be added on and collected upon payment of fees. (Toolkits are not available for purchase at the SANS School Store).

Payment from a Voucher account is not an acceptable form of payment.

Once your facilitator fee is processed, you will receive instructions to register separately for the complimentary job-based course that is available in the SANS OnDemand library. Access to the OnDemand training will become available in the SANS Account Dashboard in 24-48 hours following payment confirmation. Access will be for four (4) months, which includes web-based courseware; course lectures and assessment tests presented one learning objective at a time, access to our Online Subject Matter Expert, and complimentary Self Study audio files. (available in .mp3 format, of a pre-recorded live session of the course). Some of our technical courses also include hands-on exercises and labs.

SANS OnDemand enables students to hone their knowledge of each learning objective and to fully prepare them 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

For selected facilitators who make their lodging arrangement in the conference-host hotel, the GIAC Certification exam (that corresponds with that job-based course) is added to their invoice at no additional charge. This requirement is to ensure that they are promptly onsite for duty to assist SANS staff at a moment's notice.

NOTE: Hotel confirmation number is needed to verify the addition of the GIAC Certification Exam. Travel, accommodation, and meals are the responsibility of the facilitator.

Overview of Duties and Positions

Selected facilitators are notified of the report date, time, and location prior to the event. Facilitators arrive one (1) day prior to the start of their class to assist with set up between 9:00am and 10:00am for national/regional/summit events; or at 4:00pm for Community SANS events. Facilitators function as part of the onsite staff and work long hours each day. Your daily arrival time will be between 6:30am and 8:00am and your departure time will be between 6:00pm and 9:30pm. This includes room monitoring for SANS@Night courses or other evening events on at least two evenings during the event.

Classroom Facilitator: These facilitators will serve as a room monitor for the course they are attending. Courses are assigned based on availability and the facilitator's request. As a room monitor, facilitators have three major duties:

  • Checking badges and answering attendees' questions. Room monitors check the badge of each attendee entering the classroom to make sure the attendee is in the right place. Using the conference Program Guide, room monitors answer questions as they are able, or direct the attendee to a SANS Staff member to answer.
  • Serving as a point of contact for their classroom. Room monitors are in charge of promptly notifying SANS staff of any problems which arise in their classroom during the day. (For instance: if room lighting suddenly changes or if the instructor would like it changed, if the Audio Visual (AV) equipment isn't working properly, or if the room temperature becomes uncomfortable).
  • Processing course evaluations. Room monitors are in charge of distribution, collection, and tally of course evaluations at the end of each daily session.

Team Leaders: Accepted facilitators can also request to serve as a team leader in assisting SANS Staff in processing Registration and Evaluations, with Signage and Marketing, and in the Bookroom. To optimize your SANS experience, you may be selected to serve in one of these leadership positions.

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

Facilitators are required to sign in and be dismissed daily by the Conference Manager, Bookroom Manager, or the Course Instructor. On the last day of class, the facilitators will be excused from the event only after pack-up is complete.

NOTE: This is general information, both SANS staff and facilitators will make adjustments to suit the demands of each individual event.

How do I sign up for the SANS Work Study Program?

Complete the online Work Study Program application at here. When applying for a specific event, be sure to review the registration due date prior to submission; late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted for processing. For more information, see the Work Study FAQ.