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Earn the Silver Devices and Deployment competency

You’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Devices and Deployment competency, formerly named the Desktop competency. Now you need to know exactly how to go about it. Here you’ll find the steps and requirements that can lead you 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 earn the Silver Devices and Deployment competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.

1. Pass the qualifying exam

Your company must employ or contract with two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each met the requirements from one of the following options:1

Option 1:
Pass the following exam:

Option 2:
Pass one of the following exams:

And pass:
  • Windows 8 and the new Microsoft Office focused enterprise deployment technical assessment (required with Option 2, effective October 2013)


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).

Resources and next steps:

3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Devices and Deployment 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 Devices and Deployment 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 showcase the Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Microsoft Office, and the use of Microsoft Business Devices and Deployment or similar tools and guidance.

Each reference must feature a project that you have completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer.

Resources and next steps:

5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Devices and Deployment 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 can 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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