Microsoft SATVs Updates — What’s Changing and What You Need to Know

This blog was updated on 9/18/20 to reflect the most current information available regarding the Microsoft Software Assurance Voucher program. 

Microsoft is now updating Software Assurance benefits, which includes the retirement of Software Assurance Training Vouchers, or SATVs. Here’s what you need to know.

What are SATVs?

Microsoft provides many benefits to their customers, one of which is Software Assurance benefits. This was originally designed to help customers increase productivity through support, services, and training. SATVs are part of Microsoft’s Software Assurance program and act as an added benefit for organizations who purchase Microsoft licenses.

Want to learn more about what SATVs are? Visit our Microsoft SATVs Hub and view our SATVs infographic.

What is changing with SATVs?

Microsoft has made the decision to slowly phase SATVs out of the Software Assurance benefits program. This was based on customer and market feedback which showed the need for a streamlined learning experience.

What is the timeline of changes?

  • February 1, 2020: Azure courses were removed from training voucher redemption and training vouchers can no longer be converted to planning service days.
  • January 1, 2022: Last date to redeem accrued vouchers.

Can I get an extension of redeeming SATVs?

For SATVs that were active prior to April 1, 2020, you will receive an automatic 90-day extension on top of the original 180-day lifespan. This extension applies to Azure vouchers that were reserved prior to the February 1st cutoff (when Azure training was removed from the SATV program).

What should I do to prepare for these SATV updates?

1. Check if your organization has SATVs.

Most companies don’t even realize they have access to SATVs. If you’re not sure, check with your Purchasing Department and ask for the Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement. The agreement should name a Benefits Administrator who has access to your organization’s SATV information through Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. If you can’t find the Volume Licensing Agreement, you may have a Products and Services Agreement with Microsoft. This agreement names a Purchasing Account Administrator who has access to your benefits through Microsoft Business Center.

If you’re unable to locate your agreements or can’t find who the Administrator is, you should reach out to your Microsoft Rep for clarification.

Once you have an understanding of how many training days you’re eligible for, you can work together with a Learning Tree Account Executive to establish a plan for your training goals and implement a path on how to get there—without impacting your budget.

2. Explore SATV-eligible training to maximize your benefits before they expire.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, Learning Tree offers a full suite of Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) training options in today’s most popular technologies, like Microsoft 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, Power BI, Dynamics 365, Windows, and more.

EXPLORE SATV-ELIGIBLE TRAINING TRAINING ›

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PRO TIP: Use SATVs for Private Team Training!

SATVs can be used to train your entire group—all in one place! They can even remote in if they need to. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your Account Executive to assist. If you don’t know who your Account Executive is, you can email, chat, or call our customer service who can find them for you!

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