Associate Microsoft Certification profile ID (MCID) to a Microsoft Cloud Partner Program

Appropriate roles: All Partner Center users

This article describes how you can link or unlink your Microsoft Certification profile ID (MCID) with a Microsoft Cloud Partner Program account.

Assessments and certifications help organizations to upskill their employees and additionally helps these organizations to qualify for specific Specializations/Solutions Partner Designation program qualification as well. There's specific assessment or certification that gives you specific qualifications points for specific Specializations/Solutions Partner Designation program.

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In order to get these points, you must link these individual accounts in Partner Center. Without this association, even if your organization employees complete an assessment/certification, you won't get credit for it.

Because these individual profiles (MCIDs) are owned by a specific individual, this individual owning the specific MCID needs to log in Partner Center and must complete the association.

Once associated, as and when the assessments or certifications are completed by individuals, these will be automatically reflected in Partner center. Your organization will achieve qualifying points for specific Specialization or Solutions partner designation program within one week of completion of Certification or Assessment.

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Only one MCID (Certification profile) can be linked to a single Microsoft Cloud Partner Program account at a time.

There are two specific ways a person can get specific assessment/certification:

  • Partner University account
  • Microsoft Learn account

Partner Center account access (prerequisite)

Before anyone can link, these MCIDs in partner Center, they need to have access to Partner Center. To get access to Partner Center reach out to Global admin/Account admin of your organization. Global admin/Account admin of your organization needs to provision your official account in Partner Center by following these steps.

Once you get access to Partner Center, use the following steps:

Partner University account

Before you can take assessments in Partner University accounts, you must get access to Partner University account:

  1. Sign in to Partner Center with your work account and select My Profile.
  2. Select Get Partner University Access. The Partner University page opens.
  3. Use your personal Microsoft account credentials to log in or sign up. Once the login is completed, your official work account in Partner Center will be linked to your personal Partner University account. You can browse through multiple certifications/trainings available in Partner University and complete them as required. When you complete these certifications/assessments, your organization will get credit within one week of completion.

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If you want to remove the association between Partner University account and Partner Center account, log in Partner Center, go to My profile, select Remove access from Your Learning section on the page.

Microsoft Learning account

You'll need to have a Microsoft learning account before you can link it to your Partner Center official work account. Ensure that certification profile is complete and MCID is generated for your Microsoft Learning account. To check the same, log on to your Certification Dashboard. You can find your MCID by following these steps. When prompted, enter the credentials you use to sign into your Microsoft certification profile (your MCID). Once the login is completed, your official work account in Partner Center will be linked to your personal Microsoft learning account. You can browse through multiple certifications/trainings available in Microsoft Learning account and complete them as required. As and when you complete these certifications, your organization will get credit within one week of completion.

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If the Microsoft Learning account credentials are the same as the Partner University account credentials, select Use email@address.com to associate my Microsoft Learning account.

FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

Can Global admin do the linkage for all the users?

No. Due to privacy considerations, Individual user needs to log in Partner Center and complete the linkage.

  • Sign in to Partner Center, select your user profile, then select Remove access. Due to privacy considerations, the user must complete the account linking process themselves.

In this case, individual user must link their MCID with new company B. Once the user links their MCID with company B, it will automatically be unlinked from company A.

The user’s Azure Active Directory (AAD/work) account must be deleted from the organization’s tenant by the Global Admin after they leave the company. Once deleted, their exams will be removed from the Skills Report on the data refresh date that is around the 10th of the following month. For example: User left the company on January and their AAD/work account were deleted on the same month. The changes will be reflected on the Skills Report after February 10.

The admin provided sign-in details for a work email account to an individual user but they've had no response.

The admin should first verify the email address used, and then should contact the user to which the account information was provided.

I'm receiving a message that their association is limited. For example, "You've attempted to associate with a partner organization. However, we require a period of 30 days between associations. Your next available date for a subsequent association is XXX"

To protect against abuse, an individual has a limited number of three associations allowed each year. In addition, there's a 30 day cool off period between each association, which starts at the beginning of the association. Each user can check the date in their profile to see when they can start a new association.

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