Air-IT is pleased to announce that we have been certified as a Microsoft Gold Authorised Education Partner (AEP) allowing us to advise and supply discounted Microsoft products to academic organisations for the next 12 months.

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Microsoft Gold Authorised Education Partner (AEP)

The AEP accreditation adds further depth to our capabilities as a Microsoft Gold Partner, and means we are able to provide discounted Microsoft products to qualified users within the Education and certain not-for-profit markets within the UK.

To achieve our AEP status, we were required to meet certain criteria set by Microsoft. This included demonstrating our technical knowledge around Microsoft and its academic products, the provision of educational licensing, and our understanding of the education sectors unique IT needs.

We were also required to complete and pass a stringent test proving our ability to deliver specialist advice and IT services within the Education sector.

To view our official AEP certificate (Authorisation number 34122) and approved listing, please click on the links below:

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Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.’s Worldwide Public Sector said:

By becoming AEPs, partners show themselves to be committed and trained in providing discounted Microsoft academic products to the education market.

This authorization, along with our other education partner initiatives, gives our partners recognition of their areas of expertise and our academic customers the confidence that they are buying from academic IT specialists.

About the new Microsoft AEP programme

Introduced in 2015, the AEP programme replaces the previous Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller (AER) certification, and recognises the significance of existing expertise via Microsoft Partner competencies already gained.

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Since we already hold the Gold Midmarket Solution Provider competency, we’re pleased to qualify as a Gold AEP, meaning we’ve been recognised for supporting the varying IT requirements of different market types.

Furthermore, we’re proud to be named as the only partner in Nottingham to hold both of these particular Microsoft Gold accreditations, reinforcing our position among the top 1% of Microsoft Partners worldwide.

Air-IT Technical Director, James Healey comments:

We’re incredibly pleased to be one of just a few IT companies in Nottingham and the East Midlands to hold the prestigious Microsoft Gold AEP certification.

It shows our commitment and specialism in the academic IT marketplace, and enables us to help qualifying establishments gain significant discounts and to maximise the full potential from their technology investments.

How to find out if you qualify

Qualified educational users entitled to discounts include government recognised establishments such as schools, colleges, universities and other organisations such as training providers.

A variety of non-education based establishments are also eligible including Local Education Authorities, Public Libraries, Museums, Health care providers and some charitable organisations.

If you’re not sure whether your organisation is eligible for these discounts, please visit the Microsoft in Education website to find out more and for further information about academic products, services and licensing options.

Contact us for more information

If you’d like to find out more about our Managed IT and Communications services or for further information about the special discounts available from Microsoft for qualifying educational users, please contact us on 0115 880 0044.

We’d be more than happy to help you find out more and to discuss your requirements in more detail.