Earn the Silver Data Platform competency
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Earn the Silver Data Platform competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Data Platform 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.

More and more companies across the IT industry are recognizing the strategic value that cloud solutions can provide to their businesses. Microsoft has reinvented its certification program to support this shift and to ensure that your skills are aligned with the latest technology innovations. With this in mind, the Microsoft Partner Network will be evaluating new certifications or exams to determine which ones should be included as requirements for certain silver or gold competencies.

Stay up to date on upcoming changes to competency requirements and benefits, so you can ensure that you will be in compliance by your next renewal date. To find out if the competencies you’re interested in attaining will include any of the new certifications—or any other updates—check the partner portal or the competency roadmap guide.

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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 Data Platform 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: exam requirements
Your company must employ or contract with two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed one of the following exams:1

  • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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

  • Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development
  • Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008
  • Exam 70-454: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008 DBD
  • Exam 70-455: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP Business Intelligence Developer Skills to MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2008

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.

Option 2: application test requirement
Your organization must have one product or application that has passed one of the following application tests:

Qualifying gold application tests are also valid toward earning the Silver Data Platform competency.

Qualifying applications include developed and marketed, packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify.

Resources and next steps:

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). If someone in your company is knowledgeable about Microsoft licensing, we suggest you have that person take the assessment.

Resources and next steps:

3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Data Platform 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.

Resources and next steps:

4. Provide customer evidence

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

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references.3 Be sure that each reference:

  • Features database migration tools and services, management tools, and services that use SQL Server technology.
  • Details a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months.
  • Can be verified with your customer.

Resources and next steps:

5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Data Platform 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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