APN Competencies are granted to APN Consulting Partners who have attained proficiency in a specific specialization or use case. Attaining an APN Competency allows APN members to differentiate themselves to customers by showing expertise in a specific solution area.

Partners can qualify for one or more APN Competency by having a strong overall AWS practice, showcasing customer success, and demonstrating technical readiness within the Competency.

Learn more about APN Competency benefits and how to get started below.

In addition to the benefits you receive as an APN member, partners that qualify for APN Competencies will receive a number of valuable benefits, which may include:

  • Public designation on AWS Site
  • Use of APN Competency Logo in marketing tools
  • Preferred access to GTM funding
  • Selective eligibility for inclusion in future AWS announcements regarding APN Competencies
  • Selective eligibility for inclusion in APN Partner spotlights (quotes, testimonials, videos, etc.)

  • Selective eligibility to customer opportunities
  • Preferred access to AWS Private Betas
  • Preferred access to AWS Roadmap briefings from AWS Service Teams
  • Selective eligibility for APN Competency subject matter webinars
  • Preferred access to Market Development Funds


Standard and Advanced APN Consulting Partners can apply to below APN Competencies:

APN Partners that help customers evaluate and use the tools, techniques, and technologies of working with data productively, at any scale.

View Big Data Partners

 

APN Partners that fully manage their customers’ AWS-based infrastructure, associated databases, and applications deployed on AWS.

View MSP Partners

APN Partners that help customers design, migrate, manage, or deploy their Microsoft SharePoint environment on the AWS Cloud.

View Sharepoint Partners

APN Partners that help customers plan, deploy, or configure their Microsoft Exchange Server workloads on the AWS Cloud.

View Exchange Partners

APN Partners that help SAP customers implement, migrate, and manage SAP applications on the AWS Cloud.

View SAP Partners

APN Partners that help customers architect, deploy, and manage Oracle based workloads running on the AWS Cloud.

View Oracle Partners


In order to apply for APN Competencies, partners must register with the AWS Partner Network (APN). Follow the steps below to complete APN registration and receive access to the APN Portal.

  • Log in to the APN Portal: Once registered, your firm will receive an email with your APN Portal login credentials and temporary password. Using those credentials, log in to the APN Portal
  • Update Partner Scorecard: Track your firm’s AWS success (customer wins, training, etc.) via your Partner Scorecard in the APN Portal 

If your firm is already a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN), use the links below to access the APN Portal:

Partners interested in attaining an APN Competency must meet general APN Competency requirements before submitting their application. APN Competency requirements are designed around helping partners build a successful AWS practice.  

Partners are encouraged to leverage our tools and training to support them in fulfilling general APN Competency requirements:

  • Accredited AWS Technical Professionals (≥ 5 Staff): APN offers partners e-learning courses to help technical individuals to deepen their technical knowledge of AWS services. Accreditation courses are available online at no cost via the APN Portal:
    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal 
    • Step #2: Click on “Training” from top navigation
    • Step #3: Click “AWS Training Portal”
    • Step #4: Complete AWS Technical Accreditation courses and quizzes
  • Accredited AWS Business Professionals (≥ 5 Staff): APN offers partners e-learning courses to help business individuals to articulate the business benefits to customers. Accreditation courses are available online at no cost via the APN Portal: 
    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal 
    • Step #2: Click on “Training” from top navigation
    • Step #3: Click “AWS Training Portal”
    • Step #4: Complete AWS Business Accreditation courses and quizzes
  • AWS Certified Solution Architects (≥ 3 Staff, Associate Level): An AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level is intended for individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. Candidates have hands-on experience using AWS services to design highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems. Learn more and schedule your exam here.
  • Sign up for AWS Support (Business Level): AWS recommends that all partners have at least baseline technical support from AWS in order to serve their end customers on AWS. Partners interested in applying to APN Competencies are required to subscribe to AWS Business Support. To sign up for AWS Support, click here.
  • AWS Customer References (≥ 3 within Competency): In order to achieve an APN Competency, partners need to demonstrate customer engagements within the specific Competency solution area. Partners can submit details around customer engagements with a Competency by following the below steps:
    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal 
    • Step #2: Click on “View Partner Scorecard” from left navigation
    • Step #3: Click “AWS Customer References”
    • Step #4: Add project details and click “Submit”
  • APN Tier (Standard or Advanced): In order to qualify for APN Competencies, partners need to be an APN Standard or Advanced tier member. To review APN Consulting Partner requirements and tiers, click here. To Upgrade your firm’s APN membership, follow the steps below:

Once your firm has met the general APN Competency requirements (Step #2), please follow the steps below to submit your APN Competency application:

  • Update Partner Scorecard: Before submitting your application, please make sure your firm’s Partner Scorecard is up-to-date with the training, support, customer references, and APN tier requirements (from Step #2). To update your Partner Scorecard, log in to the APN Portal and click on “View Partner Scorecard” found in the left navigation.
  • Apply for APN Competencies: Once your firm has updated your Partner Scorecard, please follow the steps below to apply for APN Competencies.
    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal 
    • Step #2: Click on "View Partner Scorecard" from left navigation
    • Step #3: Submit APN compliance details
    • Step #4: Click on “Apply for APN Competencies”

As part of the Competency Application, you will be requested to provide details about your solutions and customer deployments related to the Competency.

Once your application has been submitted, a member of the APN Team will be in touch with next steps. If your firm has any questions regarding the APN Competencies or the application, please review the APN Competencies FAQs or contact the APN Team.