​There are a lot of exciting things happening with competencies lately. Last month we introduced the new Messaging and Communications competencies, and now we’re back with requirements updates and another new competency: The Management and Virtualization competency which combines our Virtualization and Systems Management competencies to better align our strategy with how you, our partners go to market!

You can prequalify today for the new Management and Virtualization competency which launches in May 2012. This new competency focuses on implementing Microsoft Private Cloud solutions based on Hyper-V technology and the System Center suite. Take the December Virtualization Jump Start Training and receive an exam voucher to get certified.
Requirements for the Business Intelligence, Identity and Security, and Server Platform competencies are also changing in May 2012. The key question for you is: “Why wait?” Meeting the new requirements now will help you set your business apart, and will show customers that you’re a leader in your field. Other changes we’re making include retirement of older exams, new exam options, and updates to Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) requirements.
In summary, here are the four steps to get started:
  1. Review the new requirements in the 2011/2012 Competency Roadmap.
  3. Build your company’s plan to meet the new requirements (along with standard requirements listed on the competency portal pages).
  5. Ensure your people have time planned to meet the new requirements, leveraging our Partner Learning Center to help in a time\place of their choosing.
  7. 4. If you’re looking for a little more help meeting requirements, you can save up to 40% on all exams with Competency Exam Packs.
The earlier you plan for these changes, the better prepared your organization will be! Thanks for all your commitment to Microsoft!
Best Regards,