Software Assurance by benefit
New version rights, license mobility, and home use are popular benefits, but Software Assurance doesn’t stop there. You get a broad range of benefits that help you make the most of your Windows, Office, and server products. Unique technologies, services, and rights help you deploy, manage, and use Microsoft products efficiently. And specialized benefits—such as the option to spread out payments over time—can help you forecast your annual technology budget up to three years in advance.
Discover the value of Software Assurance for your business. The Software Assurance benefits interactive chart (PDF, 768 KB) provides an overview of Software Assurance benefits as well as basic eligibility information.
Software Assurance training benefits help boost productivity by providing training to ensure effective and efficient deployment, management, support, and adoption of new Microsoft software without impacting your training budget. Software Assurance’s training benefit provides technical training through the Software Assurance training vouchers (SATV) program.
Training Vouchers for technical training
NEW: We're retiring the Software Assurance training voucher benefit starting in February 2020, and training days will no longer be used to convert to Planning Services days. You can still use training vouchers until January 2022, with the exception of Azure training, which will be removed from the course catalog in February 2020.
Software Assurance training vouchers provide in-depth technical training for IT professionals and developers. Developed by Microsoft experts with classroom training, taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers and Microsoft Official Courses On Demand (MOD) hosted online and taught by top trainers. Training vouchers help your IT staff deploy, manage, support new software and stay current with technology—without impacting your budget.
Your training days are based on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. Work with your Microsoft Certified Trainer partners to identify the right option for your training needs.
- Learn how to create and assign a training voucher for eligible services.
- Select a Microsoft Learning partner to provide your chosen training.
- Review the Product Terms to learn about the Software Assurance Training benefit and how the benefit’s allocation is calculated.
- Learning partners can review Software Assurance Training Voucher guidance for more information on using you training vouchers.
The Software Assurance E-Learning benefit has been replaced with Microsoft Learn. Microsoft Learn is a free, interactive, quick, and fun way to learn Microsoft products and services! Microsoft Learn helps you quickly learn new skills with step-by-step interactive tutorials including videos and hands-on learning. The E-Learning Software Assurance benefit and associated platform have been retired, and access to current courses, transcripts, completion certificates and administrative tools residing on those sites is no longer available.
You will be able to access the Microsoft Learn training resources at the following locations.
We’re retiring the Software Assurance Training Voucher benefit starting in February 2020, and training days will no longer be used to convert to planning services days. You can still use training vouchers until January 2022, with the exception of Azure training, which will be removed from the course catalog in February 2020. The Training Vouchers benefit will be fully retired on January 1, 2022.
We’re maintaining our commitment to instructor-led training, introducing role-based courses and advanced workload courseware, and introducing new certification. All of these are important for skilling our customers and partners. See Microsoft Learn or contact your Microsoft sales team for more information.
The ability to access your training vouchers expires with your Software Assurance coverage. If you create a training voucher before your Software Assurance coverage expires, the voucher remains valid for 180 days after the date it was created.
While Software Assurance Training Vouchers are being retired, you can still create and use training vouchers until January 2022, with the exception of Azure training, which will be removed from the course catalog in February 2020. These are the significant dates leading up to the retirement of Training Vouchers:
- February 2020: Azure training will be retired from the training voucher catalog and you can use Microsoft Learn training for Azure.
- February 2020: Training vouchers can no longer be converted to planning services days.
- February 2021: End to accrual of new training days.
- June 2021: Last day to create training vouchers.
- January 2022: Last day to redeem training vouchers.
Eligible activities are as follows:
- Microsoft Official Courseware (designed for IT professionals or developers)
- Microsoft Course Certificates
Ineligible activities include courses created for information workers such as:
Anyone in your organization can benefit from Training Vouchers based on eligible training requirements. The number of training days available varies by licensing program and the number of qualifying licenses that you have with Software Assurance. For details, refer to the Microsoft Product Terms for Volume Licensing.
If you’re a current Software Assurance customer, you can check your Software Assurance benefits through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Center (VLSC) or the Microsoft Business Center (MPSA customers). You must be registered to use these tools.
Available courses are those that have been created for IT professional and developer participants. Courses that are NOT eligible include First Look Clinics, Hands-on Labs, and Microsoft Press books. End-user education is available through your Software Assurance E-Learning benefits.
All courses are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) through a Microsoft partner with a Learning Competency (Microsoft Learning Partner) using Microsoft official courses. Use the Microsoft Learning Partner Locator to find a classroom training site in your area.
You can view the current list of Software Assurance eligible courses. Under Program Type, select SA Training Vouchers.
The right to access training vouchers expires with your Software Assurance coverage. If you create a training voucher before the expiration of your Software Assurance coverage, the voucher remains valid for 180 days after the date it was created.
Planning Services are structured consulting engagements provided by qualified Microsoft partners to help you plan the deployment, migration, or upgrade of Microsoft software or services and help you maximize the value of your existing software. Software Assurance Planning Services include:
- Public Cloud, Microsoft Azure Planning Services (AZDPS)
- Private Cloud Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)
- Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)
- Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS)
- Dynamics Deployment Planning Services (DYDPS)
- SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)
- Skype for Business and Exchange Deployment Planning Services (S&EDPS)
- SQL Server Deployment Planning Services (SSDPS)
You can increase the number of engagement days by converting unused Software Assurance Training Voucher days into Planning Services days on a three-to-one basis (three Training Voucher days equal one Planning Services day). Your Software Assurance Manager can manage this conversion by using the Volume Licensing Service Center or the Microsoft Business Center(MPSA customers). For details, refer to the Microsoft Product Terms for Volume Licensing.
More information is available on the Software Assurance Training Voucher Resources site.
Beginning November 1st, 2018, Software Assurance E-Learning was replaced with Microsoft Learn.
No. Microsoft Learn is a free-of-charge means of learning about Microsoft products and services.