Microsoft Partner Network: New Certifications needed for partners!

It's time for a "heads-up" for all partners among us.

Microsoft is changing the certification for partners. If you're a certified partner, you probably are "Microsoft Certified" or "Microsoft Gold Certified". In fact, there is a bigger chance you're "Microsoft Gold Certified" as 70% from all certified partners, are GOLD.

Well, starting from from October, this certification is going to change. In the future (as of October 2010) we (as NAV partners) will have to certify ourselves all over. I will be talking about what exams are necessary for the different certification-possibilities, not the other chitchat that is necessary (as revenue/customer satisfaction, PABS contracts,...). So main message is: get yourself fully informed at Microsoft Partner Network (and don't rely on this blogpost)!

Anyway, the two new options for partner (VAR and ISV (ISV's have to quality an "advanced application test" as well)) certification are:

  • ERP Competency
  • Advanced ERP Competency

So from then on, you don't earn a certificate, you earn a "competency" [:/].

What is needed to earn those competencies?

ERP Competency:

  • You need 3 certified individuals (Microsoft Certified Specialists)
  • Meet a minimum revenue
  • Three unique customer references
  • Pay a Competency Memberchip Fee

Advanced ERP Competency:

  • You need 6 certified individuals
  • Meet a minimum revenue
  • Purchase a Partner Service Plan (PABS)
  • Five unique customer references
  • Pay an Advanced Competency Memberchip Fee

Now, I'm most interested in those certified individuals. What do they have to do? And what are the rules?

Well, it's quite simple, but hard to understand at first. Just remember that you only need 3 individuals for the basic competency, and 6 individuals for the advanced. So it's perfectly possible that there is a partner with only 6 employees, and that has the Advanced competency. It is though not possible to have 5-people company having the advanced competency.

What exams do those individuals need to pass?

Well, for the ERP Competency, there are at least 3 individuals that need to pass all four of these exams:

  • MB7-841: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution Development
  • MB7-515: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 Financials
  • MB7-838: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Installation and Configuration
  • Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance

Plus, at least two of them need to pass the Implementation Methodology exam:

  • MB5-858: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations

Plus, at least one of them need to pass the Sales Accredition

Plus, at least one of them need to pass the Pre-Sales Accredition

For the Advanced ERP Competency, there are at least 6 individuals that need to pass all four of these exams:

  • MB7-841: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution Development
  • MB7-515: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 Financials
  • MB7-838: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Installation and Configuration
  • Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance

Plus, at least two of them need to pass the Implementation Methodology exam:

  • MB5-858: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations

Plus, at least one of them need to pass the Sales Accredition

Plus, at least one of them need to pass the Pre-Sales Accredition

When you read the document "Value of Earning a Microsoft Competency Guide" on MPN (of which I'm not going to provide a link as this document tends to change (and IS going to change in the future)), there are a few contradictions though.. . It's not clear to have only two or three implementation Methodology specialists... . Also, there is a big chance that the NAV5.0 exam will be changed to a NAV2009 exam as well, which would mean that every individual of an existing partner will have to renew (if not already done, of course) their certifications... .

This is huge, so be ready when hell breaks loose (in October)! Download the document, verify your current status, and make sure you're not into surprices on the 1st of October.

This info is "As is" and I will not take any responsibility if you base yourself on this info. Download the info from MPN or talk with your PAM to be 100% sure.

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