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Earn the Silver ISV competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Independent Software Vendor (ISV) 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: Important news for partners with the Software Development, Web Development, or ISV competency: in November, these three competencies will be merged to form the new Application Development competency. Download the Application Development competency guide to learn more.

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

1. Pass the testing requirements

Your organization must deliver one software application or solution that has passed one of the following application tests:
The silver competency test for Windows Server 2012 will be available on Microsoft Platform Ready in September 2012. It will be valid immediately to earn the competency. Call your Regional Service Center to validate your test to earn the Silver ISV competency.
Qualifying applications include developed and marketed packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify.

Note: If your organization has qualified for the Silver ISV competency with a software test that is not on the preceding list, you must meet the current requirements prior to your next renewal date to retain the Silver ISV competency.

2. Provide customer evidence

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

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references3 for tested, packaged software solutions. The solutions must be business applications that have been deployed for a minimum of five users.

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

Resources and next steps:

3. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver ISV competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee varies by geography and will be presented to you during the enrollment process.4
1This test is listed as the Compatible for Windows 7 test in the Partner Membership Center.
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.

Next steps

  • Sign in to the Microsoft Partner Network website using the Windows Live ID and password that is linked to your network membership. Not yet a member? Join the network today
  • View your competency status at the Partner Membership Center.
  • If you are the administrator for your company, sign in to manage your competency.