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Earn the Silver Messaging competency

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

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 Messaging 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 organization must employ or contract with two Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have passed the following exams:1

  • Exam 70-662: TS: Configuring Microsoft Exchange 2010 (to be retired in October 2013) or Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Exam 70-663: PRO: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (to be retired in October 2013) or Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 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.

Option 2: application test requirement

Your organization must have one application that has passed one of the following qualifying application tests:


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

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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.

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3. Pass the sales and marketing assessment

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Messaging 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.

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4. Provide customer evidence

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

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

  • Features the planning, deployment, and management of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, or Microsoft Exchange Online.
  • Details a project that your organization has 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 Messaging competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee varies by geography and will be presented to you during the enrollment process.3

 
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.

3The silver competency fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns.

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