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Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure Specialization

Program Overview and Requirements

Program Overview

Partners who demonstrate deep knowledge, extensive experience, and proven success in deploying and managing production workloads in the cloud using containers and managing hosted Kubernetes environments in Azure may seek the Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure specialization.

The Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure specialization allows partners with an active Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure) or Data & AI (Azure) designation to further differentiate their organizations, demonstrate their capabilities, and build stronger connections with customers.

Partners who earn a specialization will have a customer-facing label displayed on their business profile, gain access to specific go-to-market programs and be prioritized in customer searches in the Microsoft Partner Directory. For these reasons, this opportunity is available only to partners who meet additional, stringent requirements.

Learn more about specializations.

How do I apply?

Only an MPN Account Administrator or a Global Administrator of an organization's Microsoft partner account can submit an application for the Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure specialization on behalf of the organization. If you have the appropriate role and access, you can apply by signing into Partner Center and navigating to your Partner Center dashboard > Membership > Specializations.

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, either automatically or by manual review, and are subject to change.


Your organization must have an active Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure) or Data & AI (Azure) designation.


Your company must show an average of USD5,000 from Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) or Azure RedHat Open Shift Azure Consumed Revenue (ACR) in the previous three (3) months from at least three customers (aggregated from across your customers).

Learn more about Azure ACR.

ACR can be achieved through Digital Partner of Record, Partner Admin Link, and Cloud Solution Provider. Government subscriptions (i.e. Fairfax) are not eligible for ACR via PAL association.


Your company must have at least three (3) individuals who have passed the following certifications (each certification listed below is held by at least one individual).

Your company can have a combination of the same individuals or different individuals who meet the certification requirement.


Your company must pass a third-party remote audit. Please see the audit checklist for more details.