MSP Groups Spar Over Dueling Certifications

A feud is erupting in the otherwise relatively calm MSP waters over competing accreditation programs. Channel Insider reported members of the MSP Alliance are bent out of shape over a “redundant” certification program run by MSP Partners, an organization that was founded and is run by vendors. MSP Partners, meanwhile, claimed its program is complementary.

MSP Partners, founded by Level Platforms, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Ingram Micro and other vendors, recently announced that it would partner with CompTIA and Everything Channel’s Institute for Partner Education and Development (IPED) for an MSP exam.

The MSPAlliance is not only rankled by the competition but also objects to an accreditation program that is fostered by vendors. Meanwhile, MSP Alliance is set to unveil a new certification for MSPs that is says is agnostic.

MSP Partner said its exam will be administered by CompTIA and IPED to ensure its credibility.

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