1. Pass the qualifying exam and certification, or test your application
- Option 1: System Integration track
Your organization must employ or contract with two individuals who hold one of the following Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) or Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications:
- MCSD: Web Apps
- MCSD: Windows Store Aps Using HTML5
- MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#
Your organization must also employ or contract with two different individuals who have each met two of the following exam or certification requirements:
- Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012
- Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012
- Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
- Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
- Exam 70-417: Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 OR MCSA Windows Server 2012
- MCSA Windows Server 2012
Your 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.
Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams, assessments, and readiness.
Option 2: Application track
Your organization must have one product or application that has passed one of the following application tests:
- Gold Competency Test for Windows 8
- Gold Competency Test for Windows Server 2012
- Gold Competency Test for Windows Server 2012 R2
- Gold Competency Test for Windows Azure
- Gold Competency Test for Windows Phone 8
Qualifying applications include developed and marketed, packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify.
Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.
2. Pass the technical assessment
- Your organization must employ or contract with two people who have passed the Intelligent Systems Design and Deployment technical assessment.
3. Complete your organization’s profile
- Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
4. Provide customer evidence
- System Integration track: your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions related to the implementation of any of the Microsoft Windows Embedded products within an intelligent system solution. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.
Application track: your organization must have five customer references, from at least two unique customers, that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions related to the implementation of an intelligent system solution that includes Windows Embedded technologies. After a reference has been approved by your customer and by Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years. Review a sample customer reference email that can be used for customer references for this competency.
5. Gather customer feedback
6. Meet a device unit target goal
- Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum device unit target goal based on your organization’s location and the requirements for this competency.
You must, through the influenced sales of at least three customers, meet a unit goal of a minimum of 10,000 committed qualifying devices with a qualifying Windows Embedded operating system. These qualifying devices must be connected as part of an intelligent system solution
The qualifying operating systems are:
- Windows Embedded Server (counts for five client licenses)
- Windows Embedded 7
- Windows Embedded 8 or 8.1
- Windows Embedded Compact 2013 (counts for one third of a Windows Embedded 8 or Windows Embedded 7 deployment)
Qualifying Devices include kiosks, digital signs, point of service systems, thin clients, industry tablets, medical devices and/or bedside terminals, human-machine interface industrial devices, or automated teller machines (ATMs)
Note: the average deal size will differ by industry (2,000-10,000 units), so an individual partner’s annual target will be based on their industry alignment and the type(s) of industry devices their solution focuses on. Target goals will be determined and communicated to the partner by the regional Windows Embedded business group lead or the Windows Embedded business development manager as part of the annual account planning process.
7. Pay the gold competency fee
- To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the gold competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%goldprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company. 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 gold competency membership fee is due.