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Earn the Silver Midmarket Solution Provider competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Midmarket Solution Provider 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 Midmarket Solution Provider competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.

1. Pass the qualifying exams

Your company must employ or contract with two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed one of these exams:1

  • Exam 70-321: Deploying Office 365
  • Exam 70-323: Administering Office 365
  • Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Exam 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-457Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1
  • Exam 70-458Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2
  • Exam 70-462: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-488: : Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (This exam will be available July 2013.)
  • Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
  • Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
  • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8
  • Exam 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
  • Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
  • Exam MB2-866: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization and Configuration


The following exams will fulfill this requirement now, but will be retired in October 2013:

  • Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-455: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 BI Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 BI Developer
  • Exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
  • Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Exam 70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • Exam 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

Resources and next steps:
  • Click the exam links in the preceding list 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 or contract with one person who has passed the assessment (which then counts toward all silver competencies).

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3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Midmarket Solution Provider 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 Midmarket Solution Provider competency. Approved references can be used toward earning or renewing a competency  for up to two years.

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references3 that feature the implementation, deployment, customization, or maintenance of any of the following products:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Lync Server
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Windows Server
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7

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5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Midmarket Solution Provider 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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