March 1, 2012 is the time that has been announced for completion of initial certifications with renewals of Sage 100 ERP ongoing certifications due by April 30, 2012.
To make matters more confusing – these certifications have also been broken down into sub-components whereas before there was one certification to pass.
Now some partners must take six or more tests just to continue to earn a living.
No certification – no support.
There is this other April 30, 2012 deadline which someone pointed out is still displayed in certain areas of the certification portal.
I stand by my prediction that the eduction department will largely be unreachable for a month or three as partners call in a panic to understand exactly what competencies are required.
Sadly there was no clear roadmap sent to partners – just an early warning that testing costs will rise absurdly if not purchased by an early deadline.
The next time a prospective customers asks if the software is easy to use – mention that not only is it simple – but you took 6 separate certifications to learn how the basics worked.