Please read our blog post for the latest information about competency extensions in 2021.

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Show capabilities deploying and managing security solutions for your customers

With the Security competency, you can demonstrate organizational skills in the implementation, management, and monitoring of security and compliance solutions for customer cloud and hybrid environments.

Set your business apart to seize the security opportunity

Security risks are higher than ever, yet the skills needed to mitigate them are in short supply. That’s why the new Security competency recognizes partners who demonstrate deep expertise in designing, implementing and managing customers security programs. Partners who attain the competency get access to benefits to help them differentiate their businesses, drive new leads, and grow their cloud security solutions revenue.

Requirements

See the requirements for the competency options you’re interested in below.

Competency options

Your company will need to meet the competency requirements, validate required exams and skills each year, and pay the annual fee within your renewal window to retain your competency status and access associated benefits.

Benefits

Once you meet all the requirements and pay the fee, you can access these benefits:

Silver Competency
Gold Competency

Competency badge

Promote your expertise and technical capabilities with competency badges.

Microsoft co-branded materials

Demonstrate your Microsoft partnership and increase your credibility with a partner logo and certified letter. Start creating in Partner Center.

Priority listing in the partner directory

Receive prioritized listing in the Microsoft partner directory, connect with more customers, and get the right referrals.

Competency badge

Promote your expertise and technical capabilities with competency badges.

Microsoft co-branded materials

Demonstrate your Microsoft partnership and increase your credibility with a partner logo and certified letter. Start creating in Partner Center.

Priority listing in the partner directory

Receive prioritized listing in the Microsoft partner directory, connect with more customers, and get the right referrals.

Competency badge

Promote your expertise and technical capabilities with competency badges.

Microsoft co-branded materials

Demonstrate your Microsoft partnership and increase your credibility with a partner logo and certified letter. Start creating in Partner Center.

Priority listing in the partner directory

Receive prioritized listing in the Microsoft partner directory, connect with more customers, and get the right referrals.

Silver Competency
Gold Competency

Go-to-market resources

Speed up time to market, generate demand, and expand your business with a self-service portfolio of best-in-class marketing content and programs.

Marketing content and programs tailored for partners with a silver competency.

Marketing content and programs tailored for partners with a gold competency.

Technical enablement and practice building

Build skills to build your business, from readiness assessment to growing your team and digital transformation. Explore enablement resources.

Technical Presales and Deployment Services (TPD)

Build your technical capabilities faster to accelerate sales, deployment and app development. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/TPD

20 Advisory hours for technical consultations

Unlimited technical presales

50 Advisory hours for technical consultations

Unlimited technical presales

Microsoft Product Support incidents

Use to get technical support for recent on-premises products - learn more

Benefits activation

15 support incidents

20 support incidents

Microsoft Signature Cloud Support

Use for Technical support for Cloud products - learn more

Benefits activation

Unlimited Signature Cloud support incidents

Unlimited Signature Cloud support incidents

Product licenses

Review the product licenses included with your competency by downloading the competency benefits table, or sign in to Partner Center to review the programs and licenses currently available.

Go-to-market resources

Speed up time to market, generate demand, and expand your business with a self-service portfolio of best-in-class marketing content and programs.

Marketing content and programs tailored for partners with a silver competency.

Technical enablement and practice building

Build skills to build your business, from readiness assessment to growing your team and digital transformation. Explore enablement resources.

Technical Presales and Deployment Services (TPD)

Build your technical capabilities faster to accelerate sales, deployment and app development. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/TPD

20 Advisory hours for technical consultations

Unlimited technical presales

Microsoft Product Support incidents

Use to get technical support for recent on-premises products - learn more

Benefits activation

15 support incidents

Microsoft Signature Cloud Support

Use for Technical support for Cloud products - learn more

Benefits activation

Unlimited Signature Cloud support incidents

Product licenses

Review the product licenses included with your competency by downloading the competency benefits table, or sign in to Partner Center to review the programs and licenses currently available.

Go-to-market resources

Speed up time to market, generate demand, and expand your business with a self-service portfolio of best-in-class marketing content and programs.

Marketing content and programs tailored for partners with a gold competency.

Technical enablement and practice building

Build skills to build your business, from readiness assessment to growing your team and digital transformation. Explore enablement resources.

Technical Presales and Deployment Services (TPD)

Build your technical capabilities faster to accelerate sales, deployment and app development. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/TPD

50 Advisory hours for technical consultations

Unlimited technical presales

Microsoft Product Support incidents

Use to get technical support for recent on-premises products - learn more

Benefits activation

20 support incidents

Microsoft Signature Cloud Support

Use for Technical support for Cloud products - learn more

Benefits activation

Unlimited Signature Cloud support incidents

Product licenses

Review the product licenses included with your competency by downloading the competency benefits table, or sign in to Partner Center to review the programs and licenses currently available.

Silver Competency
Gold Competency

Investment and incentive programs

Find out if your competency qualifies you for an investment and incentive program that supports your strategic business and technical goals and rewards your efforts and success.

Investment and incentive programs

Find out if your competency qualifies you for an investment and incentive program that supports your strategic business and technical goals and rewards your efforts and success.

Investment and incentive programs

Find out if your competency qualifies you for an investment and incentive program that supports your strategic business and technical goals and rewards your efforts and success.

Manage your competencies and check competency status

Microsoft 365 is now included in your competency benefits

Microsoft 365 is now part of the package of benefits included with your competency. Review the information about how to activate these licenses.

Unlock your benefits

Once certifications are validated, required exams are passed, and performance thresholds are met, paying the competency fee is the last step in accessing your benefits. The fee is based on where your organization is located and is due once per year no matter how many competencies your organization attains. If you’re a partner, sign in now to review and pay your fee. If not, join the Microsoft Partner Network to attain a competency and take advantage of all the benefits.