AWS Competency Program

AWS Competencies are granted to APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas.

The AWS Competency Program is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas. Attaining an AWS Competency allows partners to differentiate themselves to customers by showcasing expertise in a specific solution area.

Learn more about current AWS Competencies, benefits, and how to get started below.

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AWS Competencies by Industry, Application, and Workload

  • Industry
  • Application
  • Workload

AWS Competency Partner Benefits

In addition to the benefits you receive as an APN member, partners that qualify for AWS Competencies will receive a number of valuable benefits, which may include:
  • Visibility and Go-to-Market Activities
  • Market Development Funds and Discounts
  • Drive Customer Acquisition
  • Selective Eligibility Benefits
  • Event-Specific Benefits
  • Visibility and Go-to-Market Activities
    • Opportunity to create customer references with APN team
    • Eligibility to be featured on the APN Blog and APN social channels
    • AWS Competency attainment promotion with welcome kit and partner badge
    • Eligibility for participation in APN Marketing activities
    • Eligibility for participation in co-branded marketing campaigns
    • Prioritization in AWS Analyst Relations communications and briefings
    AWS Competencies Help You Differentiate Your Business
  • Market Development Funds and Discounts
  • AWS Competencies Help You Differentiate Your Business
  • Drive Customer Acquisition
    AWS Competencies Help You Differentiate Your Business
  • Selective Eligibility Benefits
  • AWS Competencies Help You Differentiate Your Business
  • Event-Specific Benefits
    • Exclusive onsite benefits at AWS events
    • Exclusive access and participation in AWS Competency Events and Solution Showcase
    AWS Competencies Help You Differentiate Your Business

Getting Started with the AWS Competency

Partners can qualify for one or more AWS Competency by having a strong overall AWS practice, showcasing customer success, and demonstrating technical readiness within the Competency. Learn more about AWS Competencies.
In order to apply for AWS Competencies, partners must meet program requirements listed in the Validation Checklists before. Follow the steps below to ensure your firm's Partner Scorecard is up-to-date.
  • Step 1: Meet APN Tier Requirements
  • Step 2: Select AWS Competency
  • Step 3: Apply for AWS Competency
  • Step 1: Meet APN Tier Requirements
  • Satisfy APN Tier Requirements

    In order to apply for AWS Competencies, partners must meet APN tier requirements before applying for the Competencies listed above. Follow the steps below to ensure your firm's Partner Scorecard is up-to-date and to apply for your APN Upgrade.

    AWS Customer References: Competency Customer References are pulled from the Partner Scorecard. These references can either be public (such as a case study, whitepaper, or customer quote) or non-public (a customer who can confirm a given project happened). To submit Customer References, follow the below steps:

    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal
    • Step #2: Click on "View my APN Account" from left navigation
    • Step #3: Click “Under References, Select "New"”
    • Step #4: Add project details and click “Submit”

     

    AWS Support (Business Level): To sign up for AWS Support, click here.

    AWS Trainings: APN Partners receive discounts on AWS Instructor-Led Training by registering through the APN Portal.*

    Follow the steps below to sign up for courses near you:

    AWS Certifications: Learn more and schedule your exam here.
    *All APN Partners have access to the APN Portal. If you're already an APN Partner and don't have an APN Portal login, please self-register here.

    APN Tier (Select [formerly Standard], Advanced or Premier): Once your Partner Scorecard is up-to-date, apply to Upgrade your firm’s APN membership, follow the steps below:

    Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal
    Step #2: Click on "View Partner Scorecard" from left navigation
    Step #3: Submit APN Partner compliance details
    Step #4: Click "Apply to Upgrade"

  • Step 2: Select AWS Competency
  • Differentiate your practice, product, or solution on AWS

    Review AWS Competencies: Decide which AWS Competency best fits your company’s area of focus. Review Competencies by Industry, Solution, and workloads above.

    Download Validation Checklist: Once you’ve decided on which AWS Competency to apply for, download the Competency Validation Checklists (included above) and review requirements. Before applying for an AWS Competency, please make sure your firm meets all requirements listed on the Validation Checklist for the Competency.

    AWS Customer References: AWS Competencies require 4 AWS Customer References specific to the Competency. When you go to apply for the AWS Competency, you will be expected to submit Customer References and project details at that time. For required public AWS Customer References, you will need to submit a public case study, whitepaper, or blog post that details your work on AWS with the customer.

  • Step 3: Apply for AWS Competency
  • Review the Validation Checklist and Apply

    Once your firm has met Competency requirements outlined by the Validation Checklist, follow the steps below to submit your AWS Competency application:

    Apply for AWS Competencies:

    • Step #1: Log in to the APN Portal
    • Step #2: Click "View My APN Account" from left navigation
    • Step #3: Select the Competency you wish to apply for
    • Step #4: Complete Competency Application
    • Step #5: Email completed Self-Assessment to competency-checklist@amazon.com
     
    As part of the Competency Application, you will be requested to provide details about your solutions and customer deployments related to the Competency.
    As part of the Competency Application, you will be requested to provide details about your solutions and customer deployments related to the Competency.

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