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Custom Solutions for Microsoft Teams Advanced Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

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Demonstrate your ability to design, develop, and deploy Teams apps and solutions with the Custom Solutions for Microsoft Teams advanced specialization.

Whether they planned to or not, countless organizations have embraced remote work and turned to Teams to keep their frontline and knowledge workers connected and productive. Now those organizations want more. Satisfy the growing demand for business applications within Teams by earning the Custom Solutions for Microsoft Teams advanced specialization.

The Custom Solutions for Microsoft Teams advanced specialization allows partners with an active Gold Cloud Productivity competency to differentiate their organizations, validate their capabilities, and build stronger connections with customers. This opportunity is available only to partners who meet stringent service delivery and support requirements.

Partners who earn an advanced specialization will have a customer-facing label displayed on their business profile and be prioritized in customer searches in the Microsoft Solution Provider Finder.

Learn more about advanced specializations.

How long will my advanced specialization stay active?

Your advanced specialization will remain in place for one year but requires that you retain your gold competency. If you do not retain your Gold Cloud Productivity competency, you will lose your advanced specialization. On your renewal date, you will need to meet the current program requirements, which may evolve over time.

How do I apply?

Only the administrator of your organization’s Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Custom Solutions for Microsoft Teams advanced specialization. If you are the administrator, apply by logging in to your Partner Center account and navigating to the Advanced Specializations section of your dashboard.

What are the requirements?

Eligible partners must meet the highest standards for service delivery and support. All requirements will be verified by Microsoft and/or a third-party vendor via manual review and are subject to change.


Attain a Gold Cloud Productivity competency.


1,000 Microsoft Teams Platform Monthly Active Usage growth in trailing 12-month period (CPOR data). Teams Platform Monthly Active Usage is apps/solutions that are developed by partners using pro dev tools, Power Platform, or Microsoft provided templates, integrated through embedding, extension, or a Graph API call.


Four individuals with Microsoft 365 Certified: Developer Associate MS-600: Building applications and solutions with Microsoft 365 core services.


Teams solutions that meet one of the following criteria:

  • App deployed within Teams and leveraging one or more platform extensibility features (connectors, tabs, messaging extensions, task modules, adaptive cards, notifications, and/or bots)
  • Standalone web or device app that uses Teams Graph API calls
  • Standalone web or device app that embeds Teams components

Partners must include their MPN ID in the App Manifest when they build the app. Learn more.


Three customer references that demonstrate the partner’s deep knowledge and proven ability to develop and deploy Teams custom solutions. Please review our customer reference guidelines and template instructions before submitting.