My great colleagues on the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Readiness and Training team passed along this note regarding updates to our partner training programs.

Microsoft is excited to announce a new United Training offering that provides technical training to help partners achieve certifications.

The October 2010 transition of the Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP) to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) includes new requirements — and new opportunities — to grow your Microsoft Dynamics business. To help you achieve competitive differentiation and market your areas(s) of expertise within MPN, we are offering in-depth sales and product training through the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academy. Replacing the MBS Competency in the new program, are the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Competency and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Competency.

Microsoft is working closely with United Training to offer high quality, partner-only technical certification classes trained by our strategic Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Community. United Training’s Learning Consultants are available to help partners explore their options in preparing for the new MPN technical certifications as well as the non-technical accreditations (i.e., Sales, Pre-sales, and Implementation Methodology) for Microsoft Dynamics.

Certification and accreditations are top of mind with partners. Below you will find the contact information for technical certifications through United Training and sales and pre-sales accreditations to help you prepare for the changes that have been launched.

Technical Certifications:

Sales & Pre-Sales Accreditations:

Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academy Training and Certification across all roles:

--Kevin