Feb. 24, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into the works of many planned activities, including for some Microsoft CSP partners their annual Microsoft competency renewal process. As attaining and maintaining Microsoft competencies depend on requirements, such as gaining and renewing a minimum amount of specific Microsoft certifications, this year the annual renewal process has bcome difficult for some partners. At the same time, attaining a Microsoft competency comes with serious benefits, including software licenses and financial incentives. For that reason it is important to renew competencies in-time to keep access to valuable benefits.
Requirements being waved
Microsoft recognizes this situation, and has recently announced all Microsoft CSP partners with competencies that have anniversary dates between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 are eligible for a one-year competency extension. The only exception is of the Cloud Business Applications competency, which is different due to the Partner Contribution Indicators (PCI) scoring going into effect on April 1, 2021. If your organization has competencies which need to be renewed between now and June 2021, the only requirement now is to sign in into Partner Center and pay the competency fee to complete your renewal.
Cloud Business Applications competency
If your organization has attained the Cloud Business Applications competency, and it has a anniversary date between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021, you will need to meet the requirements as published in Partner Center and pay the competency fee to complete your renewal. If the anniversary date is between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 you will be granted the 15 points for the Functional Consultant Growth metric. You will also still need to pay the renewal fee and complete the renewal via Partner Center.
Finally, partners who have attained an advanced specialization that is up for renewal in 2021 the same offer applies. If the anniversary date between now and June 30, 2021 you can apply for a one-year extention by signing in into Partner Center and paying the renewal fee. Please note that this also requires that your organization maintains the gold competency that is aligned with the advanced specialization.
Microsoft compentecy consultancy
If your organization is interested in attaining Microsoft competencies, and the benefits that come with them, Resello offers Microsoft competency consultation.