What are Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers?
Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV) empower you to get the most out of your Microsoft software purchase by integrating the training you need to succeed as part of your Microsoft technologies investment.
Avantus Training is the Microsoft Learning Partner, capable of redeeming your Software Assurance Training Vouchers and offering and delivering world-class training solutions. Every Microsoft Technical course at Avantus Training follows the Microsoft Official Curriculum thus empowering you to achieve your training goals.
Big benefits for your company
With the Software Assurance Training Vouchers benefit, your company can take advantage of:
What is the Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) benefit?
If your company has a Software Assurance membership in the application or system pools, you are eligible for Microsoft SA training vouchers. Note: This benefit is not available to Academic Select License, Select Plus for Academic, Campus Agreement, or School Agreement customers.
Training vouchers entitle you to receive courses from Microsoft Learning Partners for a specific number of training days. The number of days granted varies by program and the number of qualifying Office and/or Windows licenses covered with Software Assurance. The training vouchers are electronic and can be used at any participating Learning Partner location worldwide.
How do customers benefit from using their Software Assurance training vouchers?
The benefits of training vouchers include:
• Employee skill enhancement—Improve productivity with training and support for your IT staff. Prepare your IT staff to efficiently deploy, manage, and support now software.
• Reduced training costs—Training is already included under the Software Assurance coverage. With SATV, you can provide technical training for your IT Pro and Developer staff without impacting your budget.
• Learning Partner support— Microsoft’s Learning Partners can help create an optimal training strategy for your organization and help you plan the most effective way to use training vouchers.
• Guaranteed pricing—Microsoft and Learning Partners have set pricing that is included with your Software Assurance coverage. With the exception of Demonstration sessions, one training voucher day equals one classroom-training day.
How long does my company have access to the training days allowed under our agreement?
Training days last for the duration of the agreement. For example, with a three-year agreement, training days are available for three years.
What type of training can I get through Software Assurance Training Vouchers?
You can use your Software Assurance training voucher days for select technical training for your IT staff as well as Demonstration Sessions to support end user readiness. Use the SA Course Catalog to find courses eligible through SATV.
What is the process for using my SATV benefit?
There are 4 main steps required around SATV for customers.
1. Verify eligibility:
Customers (other than Academic Select License, Select Plus for Academic, Campus Agreement, and School Agreement customers) who have Software Assurance (SA) membership in the Microsoft application or systems product pools may be eligible for SA training days. You receive a number of Training Days based on the number of qualifying Office and/or Windows licenses covered with Software Assurance.
Your company’s benefits manager must go to Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Service Center (“VLSC”) web site to activate your organization’s SA training voucher benefit. The benefit only has to be activated one time, and the entire number of training days allotted to the organization will be activated for use.
3. Create & Assign:
After activating the benefit, the benefits manager can create and assign SA training vouchers to employees by entering the employee name, corporate e-mail address, and number of days the voucher is worth. After creation and assignment of a SA training voucher, the employee has 180 days to use the voucher before it expires.
To reserve training, you must provide the SA training voucher details found in your confirmation email to Avantus Training.
*Use the SA Course Catalog to find courses eligible through SATV.
Watch an informative Video demonstrating how to Activate, Create & Assign, and Schedule Training.
Customers (other than Academic Select License, Select Plus for Academic, Campus Agreement, and School Agreement customers) who have Software Assurance membership in the Microsoft application or systems product pools may be eligible for SA training vouchers. For eligibility and current program rules, see the Microsoft Product List.
If an employee reserves an SA training voucher with a Learning Partner and then cannot attend the scheduled course, the employee must contact the Learning Partner to cancel. If the reserved training is cancelled, the SA training voucher will revert back to the “Assigned” status. Note that the Learning Partner’s local cancellation policy applies and the Learning Partner may impose a cancellation charge. A benefits manager CANNOT revoke a SA training voucher from “Reserved” status.
If the SA training voucher is in the “Assigned” status, the company’s benefits manager can revoke it so the training days will revert back to the organization’s pool of training days and the benefits manager can then create and/or assign it to someone else.
An SA training voucher is valid for 180 days after it is created and assigned to an employee. Therefore, training must be completed before SA training voucher expiration. When the organization’s licensing agreement expires, any unassigned SA training days left in the organization’s pool WILL EXPIRE.
Benefit Days vs. Course Days:
If the benefits manager creates a SA training voucher worth more days than the course length, the extra days automatically revert back to the organization’s pool of training days after the voucher is paid to the Learning Partner. Or, the benefits manager can revoke the voucher (if it hasn’t already been reserved by a Learning Partner) and re-create it for the employee with the exact number of days needed for the desired course. If the SA training voucher doesn’t cover all of the course days, the employee must pay the
difference to the Learning Partner.