Solutions Partner: overview of the updates to designation requirements
Published Jun 15 2023 07:15 AM 1,613 Views



We have some exciting updates including expanding performance requirements for Modern Work to encompass Microsoft Viva workloads and updating skilling requirements for certifications in five out of six solution areas. Here's an overview of the Solutions Partner designation updates.


Microsoft Viva added as eligible workload for Modern Work 


Microsoft Viva is now an eligible workload for Modern Work under net customer adds, deployments, and usage growth. If you sell or manage Microsoft Viva Connections, Viva Insights, Viva Learning, or Viva Topics for your customers, you may begin earning points for those workloads as soon as June 5, 2023.  


Solutions Partner designation skilling requirement updates 


When certifications retire, there is no immediate impact. Certifications identified for retirement continue to count toward your partner capability score for one year after retirement or until your individual certification expires, whichever is sooner, in an effort to give you time to adjust. You can continue to take these retiring exams until their retirement date if they are the right fit for your business.  


Solutions Partner for Security  


We updated the way we validate partners’ capabilities with adjustments to Solutions Partner for Security designation requirements. These changes include new prerequisites and a more flexible approach to meeting Security designation skilling requirements.  

Download the overview for all Security skilling changes


Change highlights: 

  • Mirroring Azure designations’ skilling structure, you’ll now see two prerequisite certifications that must be met before you start earning points. However, we’ve moved away from the requirement that those prerequisites be held by the same individual. Your prerequisites may now be earned by the same or different individuals. We’re shifting to this new model to give you more flexibility in how your business achieves prerequisite targets. 
  • From now through December 2023, we will also count Security Operations Analyst Associate (SC-200) toward your scoring certifications. One individual will count toward your prerequisite and scoring certifications if they hold this certification during this time period. 
  • Starting in December 2023, the prerequisites will need to be earned by two individuals each, and Security Operations Analyst Associate (SC-200) will no longer count as a scoring certification, only as a prerequisite.  
  • There are no longer restrictions on which individuals on your team can earn certifications in order for those achievements to qualify toward points needed to meet Solutions Partner for Security designation requirements. The individuals who earn these certifications can be the same as or different from the individuals who earn the prerequisite certifications. There are also no restrictions on which certifications in this category need to be achieved. 


Solutions Partner for Business Applications  


  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate is not retiring but will be removed from eligibility for intermediate certifications on November 1, 2023. If you have individuals holding this certification, they will not earn points toward your score as of November 1.  

Solutions Partner for Data & AI (Azure)  


  • No changes for this solution area.  


Solutions Partner for Digital & App Innovation (Azure) designation 



Solutions Partner for Infrastructure (Azure)  



Solutions Partner for Modern Work  



To learn more about the training and certification resources available to Microsoft partners, visit the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program training webpage to build the skills you need today – and the expertise to achieve more tomorrow. 



Read the blog written by Dan Rippey, Senior Director, Partner Program Management, Global Partner Solutions, here

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