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Azure Expert Managed Services Provider (MSP)

This program gives our most capable Azure MSPs full support to help drive revenue for themselves—and their customers.

What are the benefits?

Being an Azure Expert MSP has many advantages. Here are a few benefits designed to help your business stand out and excel.

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Differentiation

Earn an exclusive Azure Expert MSP badge, get showcased to our customers, and gain top priority in our referral engine.

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Customer engagement

Be prioritized for co-sell engagements and leads.

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Sales and business development

Get support to develop new practices.

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Access, training, and support

Attend exclusive events and participate in monthly calls with Azure engineering.

How do I qualify?

Azure Expert MSPs must pass a time- and cost-intensive auditing process. Review the key steps below.

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Step 1: Meet the prerequisites

To get started, you must already hold Gold Cloud Platform competency status and meet other business requirements explained below.

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Step 2: Submit your application

If you meet all the requirements listed below, you can access the application process and submit it for review.

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Step 3: Complete and pass the audit

After an initial check, we’ll connect you to a third-party auditor who will conduct an intensive two-day audit.

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Step 4: Meet ongoing requirements

You’ll be re-evaluated annually to ensure you continue to meet updated technology standards.

About the audit

Becoming an Azure Expert MSP involves both a pre-audit assessment and on-site audit. Depending on your business, the process can take more than 300 hours of effort, requiring expertise from across your business.

Azure Expert MSP prerequisites

Review the list to see if you qualify. If you meet the eight basic requirements, you can start the application process.

Partner program tier

All partners must have an active Gold Cloud Platform competency.

Azure consumption

You must drive at least USD100,000 Azure consumed revenue per month.

Cloud Solution Provider (CSP)

You are required to have an active CSP contract in place.

MSP offer

Your offer must be listed in the One Commercial Partner Catalog, AppSource, or Azure Marketplace.

Azure MSP offer

Your business’s Azure MSP offering must be promoted on your website.

Certified staff

At least 15 of your full-time employees must have completed one of three specific Microsoft Certified Professional exams.

Customer references

You’ll need four Azure customer references, including one public reference with a published case study.

Support contract

You must have Advanced Support for Partners or Premier Support for Partners covering Azure.

Ready to apply?

Sign in to your Microsoft account.

Don’t qualify? No problem.

If you don’t qualify for the Azure Expert MSP at this time, you can still build your Microsoft partnership through membership enhancements, training, and other growth opportunities.

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Explore competencies

Qualify for competencies to help your business stand out from the rest.

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Expand your Azure expertise

Take a few training courses to increase your Azure knowledge and offering.

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Build your Intellectual Property

Look through the Cloud Practice Playbooks to start transforming your business today.