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Earn the Silver Application Integration competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Silver Application Integration 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.

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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 Application Integration competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.

1. Pass the qualifying exams or application test

Your organization must demonstrate the appropriate credentials by meeting one of the following requirement options.

Option 1: exam requirements

Your company must employ or contract with one Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) who has passed one of these exams:

  • Exam 70-595: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 (recommended)
  • Exam 70-241: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk 2006 R2
  • Exam 70-235: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006

 And your company must employ or contract with another MCP who must pass one of these exams1:

  • Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • Exam 70-453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP Database Administrator Skills to MCITP Database Administrator 2008
  • Exam 70-454: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP Database Developer Skills to MCITP Database Developer 2008
  • Exam 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-521: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Developer Skills to MCPD .NET 4.0 Windows Applications Developer
  • Exam 70-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework Web Developer Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4.0 Web Developer
  • Exam 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications
 
Resources and next steps:
  • Click the exam links in the preceding lists 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.

Option 2: application test requirement

Your company must submit one application that has passed one of the designated application tests. The qualifying application tests for this competency are:

Qualifying applications include developed and marketed, packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify.

 

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2. Pass the licensing overview assessment

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

Your company must employ or contract with 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.

 

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3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Application Integration competency.

Your company must employ or contract with one person in a sales or marketing role who has passed this assessment. The person who passes the sales and marketing assessment is also qualified for the Sales Specialist accreditation.

 

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4. Provide customer evidence

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

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references3 that showcase:

  • Application integration solutions in the areas of business-to-business development, adapter development, enterprise application integration, business process management, or host systems integration.
  • Projects that use BizTalk Server and Microsoft Host Integration Server.

 Each reference must feature a project that you have completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer.

 

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5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Application Integration 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 employees or contractors 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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