Software Assurance Planning Services
Partner eligibility requirements
Have you met the eligibility requirements?

Enroll to become a Planning Services partner.

The minimum criteria a partner organization must meet to be eligible to deliver Planning Services enga​gements is listed below. Review the Microsoft Partner Network Competency Roadmap to learn more about Partner Network requirements and benefits.

In addition to organization requirements, consultants that deliver Planning Services engagements on behalf of an approved partner organization must meet the following consultant requirement(s). 

​Planning Services offering ​Organization requirement(s) ​Consultant requirement(s)
AZDPS

​Silver or Gold competency in Cloud Platform

After obtaining the competency, send email to the AZDPS Help alias with your MPN Partner Org ID to enroll into the program.

​Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following technical assessments:

  • Technical Assessment for Using Microsoft Azure for Datacenter Solutions
  • Technical Assessment for Datacenter and Data Platform
  • Technical Assessment for Using Microsoft Azure for Application Development

 

Learn more about Microsoft partner learning paths.

DDPS

Desktop Deployment planning engagements

​Silver or Gold competency in Devices and Deployment

Desktop Deployment planning deliveries

Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:

Office 365 engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Devices and Deployment with either a Silver or Gold level Cloud Productivity competency or membership in the Microsoft Cloud Deployment program

Office 365 deliveries

Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:

​​DTDPS ​Gold competency in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)​ ​Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:
  • Exam 70-512: TS - Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
  • Exam 70-496: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012, Administration
L&EDPS ​ ​

Lync planning engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Communications

Lync 2013 deliveries 
Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams: 
  • Exam 74-335: Lync Network Readiness Assessment
  • Exam 70-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • Exam 70-337: Enterprise Voice and Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 
  • Exam 74-338: Lync 2013 Depth Support Engineer

Exchange planning engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Messaging

Exchange 2013, Exchange Online Protection, or Exchange Data Loss Prevention deliveries

Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:

  • Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Office 365 engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Messaging with a Silver or Gold level Cloud Productivity competency or membership in the Microsoft Cloud Deployment program

Office 365 deliveries

Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:

PVDPS ​Gold competency in Datacenter ​Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams: 
  • Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
  • Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • Exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • Exam 70-417: Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
SDPS

​SharePoint planning engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Collaboration and Content

SharePoint planning deliveries

​Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams: 

  • Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Exam 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Exam 70-488: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • Exam 70-489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

Office 365 engagements

Silver or Gold competency in Collaboration and Content with a Silver or Gold level Cloud Productivity competency or membership in the Microsoft Cloud Deployment  program

Office 365 deliveries

Consultant has successfully completed one or more of the following exams:

SSDPS

​Gold competency in one of the following:

For Upgrading to SQL Server, Deploying Business Intelligence, or Migrating to SQL Server deliveries
Consultant must have successfully completed one or more of the following exams:  
  • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
  • Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
  • Exam MB2-700: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications
  • Exam MB2-702: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Installation and Deployment
  • Exam MB2-703: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration
  • Exam MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
  • Exam MB5-858: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations

 
Important note: There is no separate Planning Services offering for engagements related to Office 365. The available engagement types are defined by individual Planning Services program offerings (DDPS, L&EDPS, and SDPS). Please note there is variation among individual program offerings as to the scope of Office 365 activity supported within an engagement. Partners are required to be familiar with what Office 365 activities their particular program will support within an engagement.


Keep in mind

Each certified delivery consultant must have associated their Live ID and linked their Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) credentials to the partner organization's MPN Location ID that is registered for each service type.

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