Earn the Silver Project and Portfolio Management competency
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Earn the Silver Project and Portfolio Management competency

Now that you’ve decided to earn the Microsoft Silver Project and Portfolio Management 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 Project and Portfolio Management competency. If you need assistance, contact your Regional Service Center.

1. Pass the qualifying exams

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

  • Exam 70-177: TS: Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring or Exam 74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013
  • Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects or Exam 74-343: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 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). 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 (available June 2013)

The sales and marketing assessment is tailored specifically to the Project and Portfolio Management competency.

Your company must employ or contract with one person in a sales or marketing role who has passed this assessment as of October 2013.

4. Provide customer evidence

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

Your company must submit three unique2 customer references3 that feature products, technology, and services you have integrated or developed to align resources and business activities related to your enterprise project management (EPM) solution. Your solution must use Microsoft Project Standard 2013, Microsoft Project Standard 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2013, Microsoft Project Professional 2010, Microsoft Project Server 2013, Microsoft Project Server 2010, Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365, Microsoft Project Online, or any combination of the listed technologies.

Each reference must feature a project that your organization has completed within the past 12 months and that can be verified with your customer. Review a sample customer reference email.

5. Pay the silver competency fee

To complete your enrollment in the Silver Project and Portfolio Management 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, 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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