Earn an advanced specialization to showcase expertise and stand out to customers

Differentiate with customers by earning an advanced specialization. Advanced specializations are a validation of your ability to deliver high-fidelity services in a specific solution area. Customers will see your advanced specialization displayed on your business profile in the partner directory. Learn more.

Use Partner Center to move through the application process

To earn an advanced specialization, your company must have attained an aligned gold competency, and meet other requirements. The application process has two steps. First, your company meets the prerequisite requirements. Second, once the prerequisite requirements are met, the schedule audit button is enabled. You must then pass the audit.

Advanced specialization requirements that include an audit: an example

If you are interested in the advanced specialization called Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure, select it from the Partner Center menu. You are taken to the prerequisites page.

Sample prerequisites page showing requirements to earn an active Gold Cloud Platform competency.

Until you have met all the prerequisites, your status remains Not started. When you have met the prerequisites, the Schedule audit button is enabled. You need to complete an audit with a third-party auditor for the following Azure advanced specializations:

  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Linux and Open Source Database Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Data Warehouse Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure
  • Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Virtual Desktop

When you have completed all the requirements, your status is Active. Active status automatically enables a tag on your Business profile that is visible to all customers searching Find a solution provider.

Prerequisites that include customer references: an example

An example of an advanced specialization that requires customer references is Meetings and Meeting Rooms for Microsoft Teams. In addition to gold competency, certifications, and a performance requirement, you must provide three customer references that demonstrate your ability to deploy and manage.

Sample advanced specializations prerequisites page that requires customer references.

Until you have met all the prerequisites, your status remains Not started. When you have completed all the requirements, your status is Active. Active status automatically enables a tag on your Business profile that is visible to all customers searching Find a solution provider.

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