As you may recall from my Microsoft Partner logo, branding, naming updates revealed at WPC10 post, come October when the Microsoft Partner Network is fully launched, Microsoft partners will earn levels at the competency level, not the organization level. In the past, there have been “Microsoft Gold Certified Partners” or “Microsoft Certified Partners” at an organization level. Moving forward, organizations will be Microsoft Partners at the organization level and they will earn Silver level and Gold level for individual competencies (and yes, you can earn multiple competencies and mix and match Silver and Gold level competencies) to better help partners distinguish and differentiate their unique skills and areas of expertise for existing and prospective clients.
In the past:
After Microsoft Partner Network launch:
For those of you looking to renew your membership in the Microsoft Partner Network with a Silver competency level, I am posting up this Step-By-Step guidance on how to go about doing this in order to help make the process as easy to follow for you as possible.
One note from a timing perspective, we are talking about your re-enrollment in the Microsoft Partner Network here, which means that the date that you will need to meet the requirements for the Silver level competencies by will be your anniversary date in the Microsoft Partner Network, not the initial launch date of the Microsoft Partner Network. So if your anniversary date is January 31, 2011, then you have until then to meet the requirements at the Silver competency levels that you wish to achieve.
I hope this step-by-step guide helps you in your process to re-enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network at the Silver competency level.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
I am disappointed that Microsoft has moved the cheese on the competencies by requiring a number of new tests for which the review and teaching materials are not yet released. In a random sampling of 3 tests there are NO review materials available online for these tests (2 sharepoint 2010 tests, and a sql 2008r2 test). No manuals, not test packs, nothing. I am all for keeping certs up to date. But I really detest when you require things and you can't get the materials to learn them. While there may be online classes - not everyone has the time to run through these. You need to make it a policy that no test will be required before the books and sample tests are released to production.
@ Lee - Thank you for the feedback. Can you please share with me which tests you found without materials? I'm happy to take a look into it and I appreciate the feedback.
It's all rather confusing and time consuming, Between building systems I won't have a lot of time for classes.