Earn the Silver Software Asset Management competency
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Earn the Silver Software Asset Management competency

​​Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Software Asset Management (SAM) competency, you need to know exactly how to go about it. Here you’ll find the steps and requirements that can put you on your way to earning valuable competency benefits.


Note: Stay up to date on upcoming changes to competency requirements and benefits. Review the changes, so you can ensure you will be in compliance by your next renewal date.


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Competency requirements are designed to closely align with customer needs. The following information is a comprehensive listing of the requirements your company must fulfill to attain the Silver Software Asset Management competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.


1. Pass the qualifying exam


Your company must employ two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed the qualifying exam:1

  • Exam 70-673: TS: Designing, Assessing, and Optimizing Software Asset Management (SAM)

Resources and next steps:

  • Click the exam link in the preceding paragraph to learn what skills are measured.
  • Find training to help you prepare.
  • Register for an exam at Prometric.
  • Chat with an exam expert in real time and get answers to your questions.

2. Pass the licensing overview assessment


The licensing overview assessment is the same for every competency that requires it.


Your company must employ one person who has passed the assessment (which then counts toward all silver competencies). If someone in your company is knowledgeable about Microsoft licensing, we suggest you have that person take the assessment.


Resources and next steps:


3. Provide customer evidence


Customer references demonstrate your success at building and deploying solutions relevant to the Software Asset Management competency. Approved references are valid for up to two years.

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references.3 Be sure that each reference:

  • Showcases a SAM Engagement.
  • Details a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months.
  • Can be verified with your customer.

Resources and next steps:


4. Pay the silver competency fee


To complete your enrollment in the Silver Software Asset Management competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee varies by geography and will be presented to you during the enrollment process.4



1Partner organizations can attain multiple silver competencies. If your IT professionals pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, then your organization is eligible to count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.
2You may use customer references from your silver competency toward the corresponding gold competency. However, you cannot use the same reference to fulfill the requirements for more than one silver competency.
3After you have three references, your account administrator can assign them to your competency by clicking the Requirements and Assets menu and then clicking Create Customer References
4The silver competency fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns.

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