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Earn the Silver Collaboration and Content competency

You’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver 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. Now you need to know exactly how to go about earning the new competency. 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 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 two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed one of these exams or hold one of the listed 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. 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 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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4. 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 three unique2 customer references3 that feature collaboration solutions that use one or more of the following Microsoft technologies:
 
  • Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • 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.
 
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5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Collaboration and Content 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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