Messaging competency
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Messaging


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  • A set of core benefits is provided to all partners each time they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. Visit the core benefit and requirements page to see the complete list. Review the following table for a list of benefits and requirements specific to this competency.
    Benefits Silver Gold
    Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Microsoft Lync and Exchange Deployment Services (L&EDPS)
    Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
    Receive a discount on a business modeling session with Tellus International (Application track only) 20% discount 30% discount
    Earn incentives for selling and fulfilling Microsoft Volume Licensing Open program licenses
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification, or test your application
      • Systems Integration track
        Two individuals each must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
        • Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

        Or have one of the following certifications:
        • MCSE: Messaging
        • MSCM: Messaging
      • Your organization can attain multiple competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple silver competencies, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.
      • Use Microsoft partner learning paths to find details about related exams, assessments, and readiness.
      • Application track
        Your organization must have one product or application that has passed one of the following application tests:
        • Competency Test for Exchange Server 2013
        • Competency Test for Exchange Online v.2

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

        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. 2. Pass the business-focused assessments
      • Systems Integration track

        One individual must pass the following:
        Sales Assessment for Messaging

        One individual must pass the following:
        Presales Technical Specialist Assessment for Messaging
      • Application track
        None required
    3. 3. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    4. 4. Provide customer evidence
      • Systems Integration track
        Your organization must have three customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, or Microsoft Exchange Online. 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 three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to the implementation of your organization’s application built with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, or Microsoft Exchange Online. 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. 5. Pay the silver competency fee
      • To complete your enrollment in the competency, you must pay the silver competency fee. The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%silverprice%] [%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.
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass a qualifying exam or certification, or test your application
      • Systems Integration track
        Four unique individuals each must pass the following:
        • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
        • Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

        Or have one of the following certifications:
        • MCSE: Messaging
        • MSCM: Messaging
      • 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.
      • Application track
        Your organization must have one application that has passed one of the following qualifying application tests:
        • Competency Test for Exchange Server 2013
        • Competency Test for Exchange Online v.2

        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. 2. Pass the business-focused assessments
      • Systems Integration track

        Two individuals must pass the following:
        Sales Assessment for Messaging

        One unique individual must pass the following:
        Presales Technical Specialist Assessment for Messaging
      • Application track
        None required
    3. 3. Complete your organization’s profile
      • Your Microsoft Partner Network account administrator must provide pertinent information about your organization.
    4. 4. Provide customer evidence
      • Systems Integration track
        Your organization must have five customer references that feature how, within the previous 12 months, you have provided solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, or Microsoft Exchange Online. 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 within the previous 12 months related to the implementation of your organization’s application built with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013, or Microsoft Exchange Online. 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. 5. Gather customer feedback
    6. 6. Meet a revenue goal
      • Microsoft Partner Network members with a gold competency must meet a minimum revenue goal based on your organization’s location and the requirements for this competency.
    7. 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.

Related products

  • Microsoft Exchange Online
  • Microsoft Exchange Server

Related competencies

  • Collaboration and Content
  • Communications
  • Project and Portfolio Management