imageYour Microsoft Partner Network membership includes access to many no-cost and low-cost options for training yourself and your organization about Microsoft products and technologies. Below is a directory of the communications and resources the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team offers to help you find the training you need to meet your sales and technical readiness goals. Choose your favorite way (or ways) to identify training that aligns to your business, role, and Microsoft Partner Network membership.

This post was updated on 12/18/2012. Download our quick reference companion slide from http://docs.com/MRN4.

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Check out our special edition Hot Sheets for product-specific training opportunities:

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  • U.S. partner portal – Click Training at the top of any portal page to go directly to training-related pages like Training overview; Get certified; Pass assessments; and Training promotions
  • Regionally focused portal pages include a 6-week outlook for upcoming live in-person and online training, including each Region’s monthly partner call
  • Learning Plan Tool – Find on-demand training by Microsoft product, competency, exam, and role. Complete individual courses or create a custom learning plan to help manage training for yourself or your team
  • Learning paths – Role-based training organized by Microsoft product, competency, solution, and exam
  • Gear Up –  Access sales tools and resources to increase your Microsoft product, licensing, program and sales knowledge

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  • U.S. Partner Newsletter – Delivered to your email inbox twice monthly as a benefit of your Microsoft Partner Network membership, you’ll receive training recommendations for your role for two Microsoft products in each issue, plus other training news
  • Subscribe with your email address to the U.S. Partner Learning Blog to receive an email when new content is posted
  • From time to time, you may receive partner-specific emails from the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team that contain relevant information about upcoming training opportunities

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  • U.S. Partner Learning Blog – Read for announcements about in-person, live online, and on-demand training opportunities, and sign up with your email address to get new posts delivered directly to your inbox
  • Training-focused Twitter feeds at @mslearningcurve and @mpntraining
  • U.S. Partner Community 

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  • Training Hot Sheet – Register for upcoming in-person, live online training and learn about training/certification promotions
  • Learning Plan Tool – How-To Series – Learn to use this tool to meet your training goals using tips and guidance from the U.S. Partner Team
  • Learning Plan Updates – Link to the latest learning plans for sales and technical training by competency, role, and exam
  • Training Sweepstakes – See what on-demand courses will earn you automatic prize drawing entries each quarter
  • Competency Training – Find Microsoft certification offers, exam prep training, and guidance for attaining competencies
  • Increase Selling Potential – Updates about Gear Up, Microsoft Sales Specialist accreditations, and other webcasts designed to help you sell
  • Practice Accelerator – Build your practice around Microsoft products like Windows, SharePoint, Lync, Office 365, SQL Server, and System Center
  • Role-Based Training Recommendations – See our training recommendations for Microsoft products, aligned to your role

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For help signing in with Live ID or registering for courses, contact the Regional Service Center. Options are online at http://aka.ms/uspartnersupport. And, from any page on the U.S. partner portal (http://aka.ms/uspartner), click Contact Microsoft Partner Network.