Skip to main content
Skip table of contents


Copaco Cloud Service
Many MSPS unknowingly leave money behind that can be claimed and/or discounts that are applied based on their Microsoft status and activated roles/permissions. We can provide an improvement plan that contains recommendations for our partners to properly set up their Azure platform and Microsoft Partner Center optimizing your business by maximizing on the many rebates and incentives.
For information please contact us via +3140 2306 340 or send us an e-mail via

How to  receive partner earned credit (PEC):

  • You must have an active Microsoft AI Cloud Partner Program agreement and a valid role-based access control (RBAC) role.

  • You must have access permissions, which can be set in three ways:

    • Admin on behalf of (AOBO) is the default. When a partner provisions an Azure Plan subscription for a customer, AOBO is set in the form of a foreign principal who inherits owner permissions on the Azure subscription. The AOBO permissions mean that a certain group in the CSP Partner Center tenant—Admin agents—inherit those permissions.

For more information about AOBO, see Delegated admin privileges in Azure AD.

  • Azure Lighthouse is an option suitable for partners who are interested in enabling sophisticated cross-tenant management experiences for Azure solutions. Like AOBO, Azure Lighthouse allows groups of users in the (Partner) management tenant to inherit delegated permissions in the customer's Azure subscription. The difference is that Azure Lighthouse enables more granular definition of groups and permission levels than AOBO.

For more information about Azure Lighthouse, see Cross-tenant management experiences.

  • Individual user accounts and service principals: Sometimes working with individual user accounts that have permissions on Azure Subscriptions might be best. These user accounts can be guest user accounts (from any tenant) or user accounts created in the customer tenant or service principals.

For more information, see Link your PartnerID to track your impact on delegated resources.

How to add your customers to the Partner Earned Credit (PEC) program

Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) is the authorization system you use to manage access to Azure resources. To grant access, you assign roles to users, groups, service principals, or managed identities at a particular scope.

Assign Microsoft Entra roles to users
Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal
Assign Azure roles using Azure PowerShell
Assign Azure roles using Azure CLI
Assign Azure roles using the REST API

Which Roles and permissions are required to receive Partner Earned Credit?

Appropriate roles:
Global admin | User management admin | Admin agent | Billing admin | Sales agent

This link shows the full list of Roles and permissions that are eligible to receive Partner Earned Credit
These roles and permissions are not the same as the roles and permissions a user needs to work in Partner Center. You must have admin access to manage your customer's services and to receive earned PEC credits. For more information about earned credits, see Partner earned credits.


What Azure services are eligible for PEC?

PEC is eligible for all services related to the new Azure offer in CSP (Azure plan) except for the following:

  • New Azure offer (Azure plan) reservations

  • Third-party products identified as Third Party in the Tags column of the Azure plan consumption price list

  • Products in the Marketplace price list

  • Azure Spot Virtual Machines

  • Azure Savings Plans


PEC isn't applicable to:

  • Azure plan reservations

  • Products identified as Third Party in the Tags column of the Azure plan consumption price list

  • Products in the Marketplace price list

  • Azure Spot Virtual Machines

  • Azure Savings Plans



Why don't I see PEC on the invoice?

PEC is not explicitly called out on the invoice. There is no separate line item to view PEC. However, PEC earnings are factored into the adjusted net charges amount on the invoice. View the calculation and How is PEC paid sections to learn more about where you can view PEC details.

Use Azure Cost Management (ACM) to view your partner earned credit

  1. In the Azure portal, sign in to your partner tenant and select Cost Management + Billing.

  2. Select Cost management.

  3. Select Cost analysis.

    The Cost analysis view displays the costs for your billing account for all the services purchased and consumed at the prices that you pay Microsoft. 

  4. In the pivot chart drop-down list, select PartnerEarnedCreditApplied.

  • If this value is True, the associated cost has the benefit of the partner earned credit.

  • If this value is False, the associated cost hasn't met the required eligibility for the credit, or the service purchased isn't eligible for partner earned credit.

Note: Typically, usage for services takes 8-24 hours to appear in Cost Management, and the PEC credits appear within 48 hours of time of access in Microsoft Cost Management.


You can also group by and filter by the PartnerEarnedCreditApplied property by using the Group by and Add filter features. These filters allow you to drill into costs that have PEC and the costs that have no PEC applied.

Benefits of the Partner Earned Credit for partners and customers

  • Customers can outsource their Azure infrastructure management and billing to their trusted partner, enabling them to focus on their core business.

  • Customers work with a partner who invests in managed services on Azure that help drive cost efficiencies and operational efficiencies involved in consuming Azure.

  • Partners are rewarded because they provide a robust managed services portfolio on Azure for their customers.

  • Intimate association and management of Customer's Azure projects will bring new opportunities to partner and help drive consumption growth.

Link your partner ID to track your impact on delegated resources
If you're a member of the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program, you can link your partner ID with the credentials used to manage delegated customer resources. This link allows Microsoft to identify and recognize partners who drive Azure customer success. It also allows CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) partners to receive partner earned credit (PEC) for customers who have signed the Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA) and are under the Azure plan.

Azure Lighthouse
To earn recognition for Azure Lighthouse activities, you'll need to link your partner ID with at least one user account in your managing tenant, and ensure that the linked account has access to each of your onboarded subscriptions.

For other ways in which a customer can provision access for the transacting partner, see the following articles:

·       Manage subscriptions and resources under the Azure plan

·       Reinstate admin privileges for Azure CSP subscriptions


Partner earned credit troubleshooting guide:

This article provides basic troubleshooting guidance if PEC isn't granted.


JavaScript errors detected

Please note, these errors can depend on your browser setup.

If this problem persists, please contact our support.