Authorized Education Reseller (AER)

Definition - What does Authorized Education Reseller (AER) mean?

An Authorized Education Reseller (AER) in the context of Microsoft, is a program that enables resellers to sell Microsoft software products to qualified educational institutions at academic prices.

Microsoft certifies resellers to provide complete software solutions and services to educational customers. The companies certified by Microsoft as AERs are qualified to sell Microsoft Academic Edition Software licenses to education users. Microsoft has designed the AER program to offer two types of Academic certifications:

  • Resale of Academic volume licenses
  • Resale of Academic Full Packaged Product (A-FPP).

Techopedia explains Authorized Education Reseller (AER)

A company certified as Microsoft Authorized Education reseller is considered a specially trained company to sell Microsoft academic software licenses to educational users.

Microsoft conducts online exams to identify individuals who qualify to be a Microsoft AER. Qualified individuals are then eligible to recommend appropriate Microsoft Licensing solutions to their educational users.

There are four important steps involved in the AER process:

  1. The first step is to complete and pass the online testing module conducted by Microsoft. The individuals can opt for either Academic Volume Licensing or Academic Full Packaged Product.
  2. The second step is to complete the online application form.
  3. The third step involves accepting the terms and conditions of the Microsoft AER agreement
  4. The final step involves becoming a member of the Microsoft Partner Network.

After completing all the steps, the individuals will receive a Microsoft AER certification number which is required to purchase Microsoft Academic products.

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