Earn the Gold Business Intelligence competency
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Earn the Gold Business Intelligence competency

When you achieve the Microsoft Gold Business Intelligence (BI) competency, you demonstrate greater value to your customers by showcasing best-in-class capabilities that have undergone a rigorous and auditable approval process. 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 Gold Business Intelligence 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: Certification requirements

Your organization must employ or contract with four unique Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have met the following certification requirements.

Two of the MCPs must each hold one of the following certifications:1

The other two MCPs must each hold one of the following certifications or have passed one of the following exam options:

Resources and next steps:

  • Click the 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 organization must have one product or application that has passed one of the following application tests options.
One of the following application tests:


Both of the following application tests:

Application tests that previously were valid for this competency will qualify until October 2013.

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. Meet the revenue commitment

Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum revenue commitment based on geography and competency.

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3. 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 gold competencies).

Resources and next steps:

4. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Business Intelligence competency.

Your company must employ or contract with two people in a sales or marketing role who have passed this assessment. The people who pass the sales and marketing assessment are also qualified for the Sales Specialist accreditation.

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5. Provide customer evidence

Customer references demonstrate your success at building and deploying solutions relevant to the Business Intelligence competency. Approved references can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.

Your company must submit five unique2 customer references.3 Be sure that each reference showcases one of the following:

  • Your organization’s BI services, reporting, tools, and application solutions that use SQL Server technology, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Excel technologies, or Excel Services technologies.
  • Development, implementation, and customization of data visualization of BI information, based on a combination of Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Bing Maps.

Additionally, each reference must feature a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer.

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6. Gather customer feedback

Your company must use the Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) Index survey to measure performance and help drive customer satisfaction.

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7. Pay the gold competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Gold Business Intelligence competency, you must pay the gold competency fee.4


1Partner organizations can attain multiple gold competencies, and individual employees and contractors may take and pass multiple gold competency exams. However, if your organization employs or contracts with someone who holds multiple certifications, that person’s credentials will count toward only one gold competency.

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 gold competency.

3After you have five references, your account administrator can assign them to your competency by clicking the Requirements and Assets menu and then clicking Create Customer References.

4The gold competency fee varies by geography. You must pay the gold competency fee one time, per year—no matter how many competencies your organization has attained. If you attain a gold competency after first attaining a silver competency, then you pay only the difference between the two membership fees, unless you are within the 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due.

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