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Earn the Gold Collaboration and Content competency

​Demonstrate greater value to your customers by achieving the Microsoft Gold Collaboration and Content competency, which has been created by merging the Portals and Collaboration, Content Management and Search competencies. For more information about the merger, refer to the Collaboration and Content competency guide. With this competency, you can showcase 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 Collaboration and Content competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.
 

1. Pass a qualifying exam or hold the required certification

Your organization must employ or contract with four unique Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed one of the following exams or hold one of the following certifications:1
 
 
Resources and next steps:
  • Click the 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. 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).
 
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4. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Collaboration and Content competency.
 
Take the Collaboration and Content competency sales and marketing assessment, when it becomes available in July 2013. Until then, the sales and marketing assessments from any of the following previously active competencies will continue to be valid.
 
 
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 Collaboration and Content competency. Approved references can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.
 
Your organization must submit five unique2 customer references3 that feature collaboration solutions that use one or more of the following Microsoft technologies:
 
  • Microsoft SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Sites
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010
  • Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internal Applications
  • Microsoft Search Server 2010
 
Each reference must feature a project that you have completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer. After the reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, that reference is valid for up to two years.
 
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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 Collaboration and Content 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 silver competency or 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 membership fee is due.  

 

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