By Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team.
New Microsoft certifications are made available shortly after Microsoft releases a new version of a product. To ensure ongoing relevance to your customers, the Microsoft Partner Network updates the requirements for gold and silver competencies on a semi-annual cadence (usually in October and May).
With the May 2012 competency changes and updates now in effect, you may have received a notification email from Microsoft that you need to meet the new exam requirements. You must meet these requirements before your next Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal date* to retain your existing competency or competencies and continue using your competency-related benefits, like internal-use rights, MSDN, and TechNet.
Competencies affected by the May 2012 updates include, but are not limited to:
- Application Integration
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Identity and Security
- Server Platform
Steps for Updating Your Certifications
- Understand the Requirements. Review the competency page(s) relevant to your Microsoft Partner Network membership on the U.S. partner portal. The full list of competencies is published at https://aka.ms/uscompetency (you can also navigate to it from anywhere on the U.S. partner portal by clicking Membership > Microsoft competencies).
- Select your competency, then select either the silver or gold requirements link from the “Start Earning this Competency” section.
More competency-related posts in our series at https://aka.ms/uscompetencyblog.
*Membership information and renewals are managed through the Partner Membership Center. For assistance with the Partner Membership Center and answers to membership-related questions, contact Microsoft Partner Network support. You can access the support page from any U.S. portal page by selecting “Contact Microsoft Partner Network” from the top right of the page.