The AWS Navigate Program provides a prescriptive path for AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners to build a specialized AWS practice. Following the AWS Navigate Program provides APN Partners with the guidance to become AWS experts and deploy innovative solutions on behalf of AWS customers.

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In Phase 1, two (2) technical individuals must complete the Well-Architected Framework training. This training takes about two hours to complete. Click on the link below to start the training. 


The Well-Architected Framework enables you to make informed decisions about your architectures in a cloud-native way and understand the impact of design decisions that are made. By using the Well-Architected Framework, you will understand the risks in your architecture and ways to mitigate them. This course is designed to provide a deep dive into the AWS Well-Architected Framework and its 5 pillars. It is broken into 6 modules including an overview of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, as well as the Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, Cost Optimization, and Operational Excellence Pillars.

Two (2) technical contacts must complete the AWS Well-Architected Framework Training.

Modules Include: 

  • The AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • The Security Pillar
  • The Reliability Pillar
  • The Performance Efficiency Pillar
  • The Cost Optimization Pillar
  • The Operational Excellence Pillar
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In Phase 1, two (2) business contacts must complete the business training modules, and two (2) technical contacts must complete the technical training modules to advance to the second phase of the AWS Navigate Program. Click on the links below to start the trainings. 


AWS Financial Services Navigate Training - Business

In this course, you learn about the Cloud and the AWS Cloud. This course will also provide an overview of services including Amazon VPC, Amazon EC2, EBS, Amazon S3, AWS Database solutions, Amazon Aurora, Amazon RDS, and Amazon DynamoDB. You will also learn about fundamentals of pricing, free tier, pricing details, the TCO Calculator, and AWS support plans. 

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AWS Financial Services Navigate Training- Technical

In this course, you will learn fundamental cloud computing and AWS security concepts, including AWS access control and management, governance, logging, and encryption methods. This includes introductory courses to authentication and authorization with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the AWS Shared Responsibility Model. This course will cover how IAM helps you manage permissions to your AWS services. You will also learn the AWS and the customer share responsibility for security and compliance, and this course helps clarify the division of those responsibilities. 


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Phase 2 focuses on advanced training and resources recommended by AWS subject matter experts in a specialization area, as well as best practices for creating microsites and building a partner business plan. This phase helps APN Partners reach advanced-level knowledge and showcase their specialization via their solutions offerings. 

You will gain access to all resources and activities in Phases 2 – 5 once the required number of individuals have completed the foundational trainings in Phase 1 listed above.

  • Review advanced resources from AWS subject matter experts 
  • Learn more about becoming AWS Certified 
  • Review best practices for creating the APN Partner Business Practice Plan 
  • Review best practices on developing case studies/customer references
  • Promote your offerings by showcasing your organization's service catalog and landing page 

Phase 3 provides a deep dive on the AWS Well-Architected Framework and prepares APN Partners for the baseline review for APN Technology Partners and an assessment review for APN Consulting Partners.

You will have access to the resources and activities below once the required number of individuals have completed the trainings in Phase 1:

  • Deep dive on the Well-Architected Framework
  • Demonstrate your knowledge on the Well-Architected Framework by reviewing your APN Partner Business Plan with your PDM
  • Get AWS Certified
  • Submit an opportunity with AWS 

Phase 4 measures each APN Partner’s experience and knowledge in their specialty area based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework through a review by an AWS Solution Architect or AWS Practice Lead.

You will have access to the resources and activities below once the required number of individuals have completed the trainings in Phase 1:

  • Solution or Practice Review with AWS Solutions Architect 
  • Go-to-Market Activities
  • Submitting project debrief and customer case studies 

Phase 5 helps APN Partners meet the final requirements to achieve APN Program status in our AWS Competency Program, AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP) Program, and AWS Service Delivery Program. The deliverables in this phase include case studies, microsites, and Advanced Tier achievement.

You will have access to the resources and activities below once the required number of individuals have completed the trainings in Phase 1:

  • Developing a microsite 
  • Applying for the AWS Solution Provider Program 
  • More AWS Certified individuals 
  • Go-to-Market activities and APN funding programs 
  • Plan and execute a pipeline strategy 
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