MSPAlliance, MSP Partners Clash over Accreditation

A feud, of sorts, is brewing between two of the channel's largest associations of managed service providers-the MSPAlliance and MSP Partners-over which organization is best positioned to deliver training and certification to providers in the burgeoning managed services marketplace.

MSP Partners-an organization founded by Level Platforms, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Ingram Micro and other vendors-recently announced that it will partner with CompTIA and Everything Channel's Institute for Partner Education and Development (IPED) to create a managed services accreditation program around its existing training and education materials.

"Our new MSP accreditation exam is another vital step in providing solution providers with the tools and business level validations they need to grow and prosper during their business transformation to managed services," says MSP Partners Executive Director Jim Hamilton in a statement. "This new exam will be based both on real world experience and the educational content provided to our members on the MSP Partners site."

MSP Partners' accreditation is similar to a program administered by MSPAlliance for several years. Members of MSPAlliance are upset by the new certification, but it's more than competition. Because MSP Partners is primarily an organization based on and underwritten by vendors, the value of the certification is compromised from the start.

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