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Use the Microsoft Partner Economic Model to help you estimate profit and loss for new business opportunities related to:
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25 seats
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Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

Silver
20% discount
Gold
30% discount
Use the Microsoft Partner Economic Model to help you estimate profit and loss for new business opportunities related to:
  • The Systems Integrator Partner Business Case for Microsoft Lync
  • Partner Business Case Tool for Lync
  • Microsoft Cloud Solutions
Silver
Gold
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Skype for Business and Exchange Deployment Planning Services
Silver
Gold
Host or create meetings using Skype for Business PSTN conferencing. Redeem your product key to get started
Silver
25 seats
Gold
100 seats

Choose your path

Select the most relevant one from the three below based on your business focus.

Skills Assessment Path

Silver

Gold


The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Two people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

 

The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Four people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Two people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

 

Gold

The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Four people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Two people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have three customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

 

Gold

The Skills Assessment Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following four steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Pass the required exams or certification

Four people must each pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

2. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must have five customer references from within the previous 12 months you have provided solutions based on the products and technologies associated with this competency.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

3. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

4. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).

Performance Path

Silver

Gold


The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Submit your application

Partners new to the Learning Option must complete the business application template, and submit for approval by following the instructions in the document.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have two Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Silver Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must train 200 individuals annually.

3. Pass the exams

Two people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Submit your business plan

Partners must provide a Microsoft approved Annual Gold Partner Business Plan.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have four Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Gold Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must have trained 5,000 individuals and have generated US$500,000 revenue of Microsoft Official Learning Product purchases made through Courseware Marketplace as defined in the KPI Guide.

3. Pass the exams

Four people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Submit your application

Partners new to the Learning Option must complete the business application template, and submit for approval by following the instructions in the document.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have two Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Silver Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must train 200 individuals annually.

3. Pass the exams

Two people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Submit your business plan

Partners must provide a Microsoft approved Annual Gold Partner Business Plan.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have four Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Gold Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must have trained 5,000 individuals and have generated US$500,000 revenue of Microsoft Official Learning Product purchases made through Courseware Marketplace as defined in the KPI Guide.

3. Pass the exams

Four people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Silver Communications competency.

1. Submit your application

Partners new to the Learning Option must complete the business application template, and submit for approval by following the instructions in the document.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have two Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Silver Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must train 200 individuals annually.

3. Pass the exams

Two people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Performance Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following six steps to earn the Gold Communications competency.

1. Submit your business plan

Partners must provide a Microsoft approved Annual Gold Partner Business Plan.

2. Meet the performance requirements

You must have four Microsoft Certified Trainers who have met exam requirements for Gold Enterprise Resource Planning competency.

You must have trained 5,000 individuals and have generated US$500,000 revenue of Microsoft Official Learning Product purchases made through Courseware Marketplace as defined in the KPI Guide.

3. Pass the exams

Four people must pass the following exams

Or, obtain the following certification:

Use Microsoft Platform Ready to find more details about application tests.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

4. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

5. Update your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

6. Pay the competency fees

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).

Certified IP Path

Silver

Gold


The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency.

1. Certify your solution

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

  • Competency test for Lync Server 2013
  • Competency test for Lync Online v.2

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Your organization must also have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).


Silver

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Silver Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

One individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple silver competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit three customer references from within the previous 12 months related to your organization’s application based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $1,660.00, 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.

Gold

The Certified IP Path is ideal if you prefer to prove your skills by passing tests, exams, and/or assessments. Pass a specific number to achieve your requirement.

Complete the following five steps to earn the Gold Communications Competency:

1. Meet the qualified hardware requirement

Your organization must have one qualified solution approved through the Unified Communications Open Interoperability Program for Lync Server (involving devices, video, networking infrastructure, load balancers, or communication services and infrastructure).

2. Pass the exams or certification

Two individuals must pass the following exams:

Or obtain the following certification:

Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on the Partner University Learning Paths.

If your employees or contractors pass the competency exams, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.

Tip: Partners can work on obtaining their customer evidence and organization profile requirements before completing the technical requirements listed above.

3. Provide customer evidence

Your organization must submit five customer references from within the previous 12 months featuring solutions based on Skype for Business Server 2013 or Skype for Business Online.

After a reference has been approved by both your customer and Microsoft, it can be used toward earning or renewing the competency for up to two years.

Requests for a reference can be submitted through the Partner Membership Center.

Click here to see a sample customer reference email. Please note that Microsoft may not contact all of your submitted customer references, and some of these may be auto-approved by our system.

4. Complete your organization’s profile

Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization through the Partner Membership Center.

5. Pay the competency fee

The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. Pay the fee through the Partner Membership Center.

According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be $4,730.00, 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.

Note: Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained a silver competency can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).

Benefits

Silver

Gold

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

20% discount
30% discount
Use the Microsoft Partner Economic Model to help you estimate profit and loss for new business opportunities related to:
  • The Systems Integrator Partner Business Case for Microsoft Lync
  • Partner Business Case Tool for Lync
  • Microsoft Cloud Solutions
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Skype for Business and Exchange Deployment Planning Services
Host or create meetings using Skype for Business PSTN conferencing. Redeem your product key to get started
25 seats
100 seats

Receive a set of core benefits as part of your Microsoft Partner Network membership

Silver
Gold

Receive a discount on a business-modeling session with Tellus International (Independent Software Vendor track only)

Silver
20% discount
Gold
30% discount
Use the Microsoft Partner Economic Model to help you estimate profit and loss for new business opportunities related to:
  • The Systems Integrator Partner Business Case for Microsoft Lync
  • Partner Business Case Tool for Lync
  • Microsoft Cloud Solutions
Silver
Gold
Deepen customer relationships by becoming a provider of Skype for Business and Exchange Deployment Planning Services
Silver
Gold
Host or create meetings using Skype for Business PSTN conferencing. Redeem your product key to get started
Silver
25 seats
Gold
100 seats

Communications resources

Ready to go Silver or Gold?

As an admin for your organization, you can manage and track your company’s competency in the Partner Membership Center