Training FAQs

Trainings are open to both NIH staff (including all NIH employees, contractors, fellows, volunteers, etc.) and NIH-funded researchers with an active award, along with their immediate affiliates. Occasionally, trainings may be made available to those without NIH funding. In such cases, registration information will include relevant details.

  • Introductory, intermediate, and advanced classroom training in AWS and GCP
  • Immersive, discussion-based training in AWS and GCP
  • On-demand training in AWS and GCP
  • Private classroom training (by IC request only) in AWS and GCP

STRIDES gnerally provides 2-4 training opportunities each month. Please consult the training calendar for more details.

  • Introductory – 16 students
  • Intermediate/Advanced – 16 students

There is no limit to attendance from each NIH ICO, but enrollment is not guaranteed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A student has been added to the course roster and is expected to attend.

A student has not been enrolled in the course, but a seat may become available prior to the first day of class. Waitlisted students should monitor their status (sent weekly via email) until the first day of class.

There is no penalty for dropping a class, but we ask that you do so as soon as possible to allow for the seat to be given to someone on the waitlist.

Requests for future trainings are collected at sign-up. There is no guarantee that a requested training will be scheduled.

AWS Training

No, but Intermediate and Advanced courses do have prerequisite requirements that MUST be followed.

Yes, you need to have or create an AWS Training account in order to register for, and participate in, instructor led classroom training. If you are having trouble establishing or logging into an existing AWS Training Account, please contact the AWS Training Coordinator.

Yes, you can create an AWS Account with your NIH email address. If you already have an AWS Training account with another email address, you will have different log-in credentials for each account and two separate transcripts in the AWS system. If you would like to merge two accounts, please submit a merge request using this form.

The AWS Training account is separate from your retail account. You will be prompted to create an AWS Training account when registering for a class, if you do not currently have a profile on file.

The AWS account credentials you use for AWS cloud services (e.g., console or programmatic access) are different than your credentials for AWS Training. You must set up an AWS Training account separately.

Most trainings are available free of charge unless specified otherwise. See below for additional information.

  • Intramural – NIH intramural staff can take advantage of widely available subsidized training (see calendar). NIH organizations (ICs, Offices, Divisions, Labs, Teams, etc.) can request discounted private training sessions. To inquire about discounted private training, please contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.
  • Extramural – Extramural organizations can request discounted private training sessions for their entire organization or just a subset. To inquire about discounted private training, please contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.
  • On-demand – On-demand training in AWS is available to both intramural and extramural audiences. View the AWS on-demand learning library here.

Most AWS trainings do have a lab component. As of April 2021, AWS utilizes the Qwiklabs program to facilitate in-class labs.

In most cases, materials will not be made available before the class begins. Once a class concludes, AWS allows attendees to access the labs for up to three (3) business days. Course materials (e.g., PDFs, presentations, etc.) are available to attendees after class and attendees do not lose access to these materials.

Meet the TAMs (AWS Technical Account Managers) is a monthly meeting—occurring on the first Tuesday of each month—where STRIDES participants can work with the NIH AWS TAMs directly to solve real problems and ask account-specific questions. The TAMs also present on a specific topic of interest in each meeting. These topics are derived from insights about the NIH accounts in their purview, as well as by request.

No, these sessions are open to all, free of charge.

Currently, STRIDES is not broadly supporting certification in AWS. If you're interested in getting certified, contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.

Because AWS courses are administered centrally, attendees must sign up with STRIDES and then complete registration by completing the AWS registration form. This allows for the laboratory environments to be linked to a specific AWS Training account. A link to the AWS registration form is provided to enrolled attendees prior to class.

No; however, we encourage you to share your feedback so that future training offerings can be improved.

GCP Training

No, but Intermediate and Advanced courses do have prerequisite requirements that MUST be followed. For more information, please see the GCP Training page.

Yes, students are only able to access the GCP training environment if they have an Google account.

Yes.

The NIH-STRIDES Coursera license provides individuals with access to on-demand versions of the classroom trainings listed above. NIH-STRIDES Coursera license holders DO NOT have access to the broader suite of Coursera Data Science training courses. To inquire about non-GCP or general data science training in Coursera, please contact Lisa Federer at the National Library of Medicine.

NIH-STRIDES Coursera licenses are provided by STRIDES free of charge. Licenses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. To request a license, please fill out this form.

Most trainings are available free of charge unless specified otherwise. See below for additional information.

  • Intramural – NIH intramural staff can take advantage of widely available subsidized training (see calendar). NIH organizations (ICs, Offices, Divisions, Labs, Teams, etc.) can request discounted private training sessions. To inquire about discounted private training, please contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.
  • Extramural – Extramural organizations can request discounted private training sessions for their entire organization or just a subset. To inquire about discounted private training, please contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.
  • On-demand – On-demand training in GCP is available to both intramural and extramural audiences. View the GCP on-demand learning library here.

Office Hours are immersive webinars that expose attendees to deep subject matter and robust discussion. These events typically occur twice a month and topics vary month to month.

Yes, these events are open to all of NIH as well as to NIH-funded researchers.

No, these are provided free of charge.

Study Halls are aimed at a select number of individuals interested in a specific subject area (e.g., Cloud Security). These events provide an immersive experience that allows attendees to solve real problems with the assistance and aid of certified GCP experts.

Yes, Study Halls can be scheduled by request. To do so, contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.

While there is no cost associated with participating in a Study Hall, there may be compute, storage, and/or related charges associated to the account or environment within which the work is occurring.

No; however, we encourage you to share your feedback so that future training offerings can be improved.