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CAD Academy

Introducing the Modern CAD Certification (MCC) @ the CAD Academy, a comprehensive program developed by the visionary minds behind CADy Shack, the world's largest cloud Partner Alliance Community (PAC) for AWS. Boasting a global presence with over 400 members across 12 countries and growing, CADy Shack is a thriving, free community, with MCC designed exclusively for its members. This certification is strategically crafted to standardize the knowledge base for Cloud Alliance Directors (CADs) actively engaged with AWS.

Updated annually, the MCC equips CADs from both ISV’s and SI’s at any level with fundamental insights into the AWS partner landscape, including nuanced understandings of AWS partner programs and the factors contributing to partner success. The curriculum, curated by Brett Fountain, an esteemed CAD at the award-winning Deepwatch, Michael Musselman, globally famous CAD who created the playbook at Lacework where he is Alliance Vice President, and Barlas Yuce, ex- Amazonian, Co-Founder of CADy Shack, and Founder of Awsome Partners, ensures a comprehensive exploration of the essentials for navigating the AWS Partner Organization (APO).

This six-hour in person class starts with the initial session, which provides a comprehensive overview of the CAD role, exploring its organizational placement, proficiency levels, necessary support structures, and key attributes of an outstanding CAD. The subsequent five segments, each lasting 1 hour , delve into the AWS Partner checklist, Ace and Marketplace, understanding the different titles at AWS, and ends with how to get buy-in from the CADs partner organization. 

Scheduled quarterly, each session will take place in a different location. Events will be capped at one hundred attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. The aim is to align with AWS summits when possible. Locations include NYC, Austin, San Francisco, and culminating in Las Vegas at the year-end. Whenever feasible, events will be hosted in AWS buildings; otherwise, hotel conference rooms will be the venue of choice.

Upon completion of each training, participants will undergo a fifty-question multiple-choice test online with in 48 hours of the session. To attain the MCC from CAD Academy, a passing grade of at least 70% must be achieved . An accreditation number will be assigned, and individuals can showcase their achievement on the CADy Shack website, with a dedicated link for LinkedIn.

Pricing for each session and test is set at $1,000.00 per member, invoiced upon request. Certification is conferred upon successful completion of the test, with only two attempts permitted.

For the first case the date will be sometime in Q1 in Seattle for a 40% discount to get all the kinks out. Anybody interested please email

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This training will begin in Q1 of 2024. Stay tuned to this page to learn more.

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