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What are the requirements to earn the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency?

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What are the requirements to earn the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency?

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Earlier this month we announced Details on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency that talked about what it is, some of the benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency, etc. and this morning on today’s MPN Live, the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency was touched on again. One question that I received after both the initial blog post earlier this month and again after today’s MPN Live show was: “Hey, Eric. What are the actual requirements to get the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency?”

NOTE: Please also be sure to read the Some additional information, a Q&A, on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency post, which is a follow-up to this one, that answers several questions about the Small Business competency itself in further detail.

Well, here are the requirements for the Microsoft Partner Network Silver Small Business Competency and the Microsoft Partner Network Gold Small Business Competency:

To earn the Microsoft Partner Network Silver Small Business Competency, you will need to achieve the following:

  • Exam Credentials:
    • 1 MCP must pass 2 exams:
      • Required: 70-323 - Administering Office 365
      • And another exam from:
        • 70-321 - Deploying Office 365
        • 70-680 - TS: Windows 7, Configuring
        • 70-169 - TS: Windows Small Business Server 2011, Configuring
  • Business Assessments:
    • Sign and complete: MOSPA (Microsoft Online Services Provider Agreement)+ Assessment
    • 1 person must complete Licensing assessment
    • 1 person must complete Business focused small business assessment
  • Evidence:
    • Must have 3 submitted customer references
  • Fees:
    • $1,850 (based on country)

To earn the Microsoft Partner Network Gold Small Business Competency, you will need to achieve the following:

  • Exam Credentials:
    • 1 MCP must pass 2 exams from:
      • 70-321 - Deploying Office 365
      • 70-323 - Administering Office 365
      • 70-680 - TS: Windows 7, Configuring
    • 1 MCP must pass 2 exams from:
      • 70-321 - Deploying Office 365
      • 70-323 - Administering Office 365
      • 70-169 - TS: Windows Small Business Server 2011, Configuring
      • 70-680 - TS: Windows 7, Configuring
      • 70-642 - TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Revenue Requirements:
    • Meet a minimum revenue requirement (after renewal date after October 2013)
      • The revenue requirements differs per geography
  • Business Assessments:
    • Sign and complete: MOSPA (Microsoft Online Services Provider Agreement)+ Assessment
    • 1 person must complete Licensing assessment
    • 2 people must complete Business focused small business assessment
  • Evidence:
    • Must have 5 submitted customer references
    • CSAT Index
  • Fees:
    • $3,800 (based on country)

You may also want to check out the Some additional information, a Q&A, on the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency post I have added to my blog, which includes answers to several questions if have received, seen, and figured people may have regarding the Small Business competency.

Now you have visibility into not only the competency itself, but also the requirements. Also, I think you will see included above why I mentioned, “We will announce more program details in April but, no need to fear. We've adjusted the requirements for small partners to be eligible for this competency as well,” in reply to the question posted to my Officially announced: Small Business Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network post earlier.

It is fantastic to see all of the excitement and enthusiasm around the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency and thank you again to all of you that have been sharing your input, feedback, thoughts, and more with us on this topic as we have made this journey together.

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  • @ Mike - We have announced that the Small Business competency will be launched in June.

  • Hi Eric, Can you advise if I became a Silver Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency , that I could also qualify and advertise the branding for the Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner. I am currently a SBSC and also currently in the Cloud Essentials program.  I could see benefig that by becoming a Silver Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency, I could also elevate my status as a Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner. Many thanks for your time

  • @ Rod - Yes, you can earn the Small Business Competency and also Cloud Accelerate and they would be a good fit together for you from a cloud perspective if that is your focus.

  • Hi Eric,

    Do you have the exact date of the launch of the Small Business Competency?

  • Eric, any word on when in June the SBS Silver or Gold will be live?

  • As a quick update, I will be sharing the latest information on the upcoming launch of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business competency this Friday, June 15th, here on the blog. I will put up a new post which will include the information, so please be sure to keep an eye out for it on Friday.

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