There are many technical certifications available to you to “credential” your skills – MCITP, MCAS, MCDBA, the list goes on.

But what about sales certifications? For sales professionals out there, the Microsoft Sales Specialist program is now available to you.

Here are the details: The Microsoft Sales Specialist program is a new initiative created to help you and your company stay ahead of the competition. You will gain knowledge that will help you offer sound advice to your customers, and in turn help them grow their businesses.

Why become a Sales Specialist? This designation will help you accelerate your sales, increase your earning potential, and differentiate your skills.

The beauty of this certification-like program is that it is 100% free to members of the Microsoft Partner Network. Once you pass, you receive a certificate and exclusive access to display the Sales Specialist accreditation on your e-mail signature.

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As a bonus, the first 450 partners to complete the Sales Specialist Program and qualify for the designation receive a $25 American Express gift card. Official rules here.