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By Sharon Collins, Microsoft Partner Network Manager and Competency Lead, U.S. Partner Team.
New Microsoft certifications are made available shortly after Microsoft releases a new version of a product. To ensure ongoing relevance to your customers, the Microsoft Partner Network updates the requirements for gold and silver competencies on a semi-annual cadence (usually in October and May).
With the May 2012 competency changes and updates now in effect, you may have received a notification email from Microsoft that you need to meet the new exam requirements. You must meet these requirements before your next Microsoft Partner Network membership renewal date* to retain your existing competency or competencies and continue using your competency-related benefits, like internal-use rights, MSDN, and TechNet.
Competencies affected by the May 2012 updates include, but are not limited to:
Steps for Updating Your Certifications
More competency-related posts in our series at http://aka.ms/uscompetencyblog.
*Membership information and renewals are managed through the Partner Membership Center. For assistance with the Partner Membership Center and answers to membership-related questions, contact Microsoft Partner Network support. You can access the support page from any U.S. portal page by selecting “Contact Microsoft Partner Network” from the top right of the page.