VMware Partner Network & Competencies Q: When do partners need to meet the new VMware Partner Network requirements, including competencies? All Enterprise and Premier partners are required to achieve their Solution Competencies as part of the partner program requirements by July 31, 2010. Q : Why did VMware modify the compliance date for some partners ? A : With the launch of VMware Partner Network and the introduction of competencies, we set significant milestones for Partner Program compliance. With the overwhelming response of our partners, we recognize there have been course completion challenges (more requests than courses available), therefore, we are synchronizing all countries to the international compliance date of July 31, 2010 for Enterprise and Premier partners. Q. When will the vSphere 4 Design accreditation be available ? A : vSphere 4 Design accreditation will be generally available in Q2-2010. Q. Do I need to complete the vSphere 4 Design Accreditation to achieve the Infrastructure Virtualization Competency? Yes. The vSphere 4 Design Accreditation is a required accreditation for the Infrastructure Virtualization Competency. The course will be available in Q2-2010. In the interim, partners are able to achieve a ‘provisional’ Infrastructure Virtualization Competency by completing all other requirements. Q. When must partners with the provisional Infrastructure Virtualization Competency complete the vSphere 4 Design accreditation ? Partners who achieved their provisional competency in Infrastructure Virtualization prior to the general availability of the accreditation, will have until Feb 28, 2011, to complete the vSphere 4 Design accreditation. Q. My company completed the VI3 Plan and Design course. Does my company also need to complete the vSphere4 Design accreditation for the Infrastructure Virtualization Competency requirement ? A: Partners who completed the former VI3 Plan and Design course will receive completion credit of the design requirement for the Infrastructure Virtualization Competency. Q: Where can partners learn more about their individual or company status in obtaining the solution competency training? For company status, please refer to the ‘Competency Dashboard’ on Partner Central. For individual/user level status, please refer to ‘My Transcript’ in Partner University. Q: Where can I find more information to see what accreditations would count towards completion of the new competency requirements? A: VMware will credit some accreditations and classes towards completion of the Solution Competency Requirements. For more details on which accreditations can be substituted for the Solution Competency requirements, please download the ‘Accreditation Mapping’ document from the Competency page on Partner Central. Q: How do I check to see what additional requirements need to be completed by my company to earn a Solution Competency? A: Login to Partner Central and click on ‘Check Company Status’ on the right hand corner of the home page. This will direct you to the Competency Dashboard. The Competency Dashboard shows all accreditations that have been completed for each Solution Competency. In addition, the dashboard will also show what outstanding requirements are needed to fulfill the requirements towards a Solution Competency. Q: How were partners with the former Enterprise Desktop Competency transitioned into the new Desktop Virtualization Competency? A: All partners who achieved the former Enterprise Desktop competency prior to the launch of the VMware Partner Network were grand-fathered into the Desktop Virtualization Competency. Partners grand-fathered into Desktop Virtualization Competency have until July 31, 2010, to meet the new requirements for both the Infrastructure Virtualization Competency and the Desktop Virtualization Competency. In the interim, grandfathered partners will continue to have access to all benefits available for the Desktop competency. Q: Where can partners find more information on the course requirements for Solution Competencies? Course requirements for the Solution Competencies can be found at Partner University on Partner Central.
Q: Where can partners learn more about the general requirements and benefits of VMware competencies? A: Detailed requirements and benefits on the VMware Solution Competencies can be found in the Competency Section of the VMware partner program guide. More information and data sheets for the VMware Solution Competencies can also be found on Partner Central.
Solution Provider, Technology Provider and System Builder Q: When will partners need to meet the new requirements of the VMware Partner Program? A: Professional partners in the regions listed below must meet new program requirements by May 15, 2010, to maintain authorization. Partners in the following countries must meet compliance on that date: Southern EMEA Central EMEA Eastern EMEA Japan China Korea Latin America Enterprise and Premier must meet new program requirements by February 15, 2010, to maintain authorization. Q: What will happen if a partner does not meet the new requirements of the program? A: Professional partners who do not meet the new requirements of the program will be re-leveled to the Registered level. Enterprise partners who do not meet the new requirements of the program will be re-leveled to the Professional level. Premier partners who do not meet the new requirements of the program will be re-leveled to the Enterprise level. Q: Can current Enterprise Partners be promoted to Premier before February? A: Yes, Enterprise partners may be promoted to Premier level, provided they have been at the Enterprise level for at least one year, and that they have met all new Premier Level program requirements.
Partner University/Training Q: What training is considered ‘current’ in the VMware Partner Network? A: VMware defines current training as successfully completing all program requirements for either the current or previous major revision. For example, if VMware vSphere 4.x is the current product, VCP certification on either VI 3.x or vSphere 4.x would be deemed current. All individuals with a version 2.x (ESX VCP) certification will be out-of-compliance and need to re-certify. Q: What VCPs will be considered current during the July compliance review? A: For programmatic compliance in July, 2010, all VCPs must be certified on either VI 3 or vSphere 4.x. Individuals with an ESX VCP Certifications will not count towards their company’s overall compliance. Q: How can people upgrade their VCP Certification? A: Upgrading a VCP Certification depends greatly on which version the individual holds. To learn specifics, log into Partner Central, click the Partner University Tab, then the VCP button under the Technical Post-Sales Training. Q: How can company owners tell if their employees are training compliant? A: Company owners can look at the Competency Dashboard in Partner Central to determine overall company compliance. The competency dashboard will display all of the accreditations that count toward a solution competency. Q: Do I have to upgrade my VCP 3 to VCP 4 to ensure my company is compliant in the Solution Provider Program? A: No, your company must have at least 1 VCP before the company can obtain a solution competency, but the requirements state that you must be on the current version or one revision back. Either VCP 3 or VCP 4 is a valid and will fulfill the program requirement. We do however recommend that you get your VCP 4 so you are familiar with the new features in vSphere 4.
Q: Are the VSP, VTSP and VCP pre-requisites before you, as an individual can take an accreditation that applies toward a competency? For example, do I have to complete the VTSP before I can take the Infrastructure Virtualization Technical Sales Accreditation? A: Although we do recommend that you have a core accreditation or certification, it is not a requirement. As an example, you if want to take the Infrastructure Virtualization technical sales accreditation you are not required to have a VTSP, but it is recommended that you have the VTSP or have equivalent knowledge. Q: Are the VSP, VTSP and VCP pre-requisites before a company can obtain a Solution Competency designation? There is a subtle difference between this question and the last. For a company to attain a VMware Solution Competency, the company must have at least 1 person with a VSP, 1 VTSP and 1 VCP. This is a minimum requirement for the company, not the individual. This will only impact Professional partners that want to get a solution competency, because Enterprise and Premier Partners have a higher program requirement for VSPs, VTSPs and VCPs. Q: Must one individual obtain the full list of solution competency training, or can the training be split among different partner users at the same company? A: Each competency requires multiple accreditations. The accreditations can be completed by different people as long as the company has completed the entire set of accreditations. IMPORTANT: Accreditations are sometimes made up of multiple eLearning courses. One individual must complete the entire accreditation. Multiple users cannot jointly take the courses that make up the accreditation and receive credit for the accreditation.
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VMware Partner Network & Competencies Q: When do partners need to meet the new VMware Partner Network requirements, including competencies? All Enterp...