New! Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)

November 12, 2010 by · Comments Off on New! Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
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A Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate they can successfully deliver Microsoft training courses to IT professionals and developers.

Become part of an elite, international community that spans more than 150 countries and regions and includes classroom and e-learning instructors, learning consultants, authors, conference presenters, and user group leaders. Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts on Microsoft technologies, and are the only individuals authorized to deliver training for Microsoft Certification. Learn how you can join this exclusive group of IT professionals and developers and reap the benefits of membership.

Microsoft Certified Trainers meet stringent MCT certification requirements. They also receive many valuable benefits, including free access to the complete library of Official Microsoft Learning Products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; members-only newsgroups and online community resources; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.

MCT certification requires an annual renewal. Each year, Microsoft Certified Trainers must complete an online application, pay an annual fee, and meet a number of program requirements to renew their certification for the coming year.

Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant

The Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant (MCLC) certification recognizes MCTs who have frequent consultations with their customers. Their role is more that of a technology trainer—they diagnose current and desired business performance and design learning solutions to bridge the gap.

  1. A candidate who earns the MCLC certification has a set of skills that align with the consultative selling cycle. During the application process, candidates must submit a case study that demonstrates their qualifications in four key competencies: assessment, design, development, and evaluation.
  2. Assessment: The MCLC candidate evaluates the customer’s overall learning requirements, business objectives, desired results, and constraints, and conducts a skills assessment to identify specific training needs.
  3. Design: Following a thorough assessment, the MCLC candidate designs a customized learning solution, which may be a blend of classroom courses, e-learning materials, and reference books.
  4. Development: After the design has been accepted, the MCLC candidate develops and implements a customized solution—a process that requires both technical and training expertise.
  5. Evaluation: Throughout the project and upon completion, the MCLC candidate works with the customer to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution and to calculate the return on investment (ROI).

Acquire a valid Microsoft Certification
An MCT must hold one or more related certifications in order to teach a Microsoft Learning or Microsoft Dynamics course. The full list of courses that an MCT is certified to teach is recorded in a transcript.

Before you can apply to become an MCT, you must acquire either one of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications or a Microsoft Dynamics certification, as shown. Any Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification is also accepted.

  1. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  2. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
  4. Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
  5. Microsoft Certified IT Professional
  6. Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
  7. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  8. Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Dynamics
  9. Microsoft Certified Master
  10. Microsoft Office 2007 Master Program
  11. Microsoft Certified Architect

Demonstrate instructional presentation skills

The following requirements apply to Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) candidates in North America. If you are an MCT candidate outside of North America, you can complete any one of these options or contact your local Microsoft Regional Service Center to find out about alternative requirements for your region.

To demonstrate that you have instructional presentation skills, you must indicate on your MCT application that you have completed one of the following requirements.

Option 1. Provide evidence of your Certified Technical Trainer (CompTIA CTT+) certification from CompTIA

CompTIA CTT+ is a cross-industry certification that validates that a technical instructor has attained a standard of excellence in the training industry. CompTIA CTT+ consists of two tests: a computer-based test that is available at Prometric testing centers, and a video submission.

  1. Learn more about CompTIA CTT+ certification (Comptia.org)
  2. For more information about the CTT+ program, send an e-mail message to CompTIA

Option 2. Attend and pass a presentation skills course

Prove that you have passed a presentation skills course or train-the-trainer course from a CompTIA Learning Alliance provider or from one of the additional presentation skills training providers listed in the following spreadsheet.

  1. CompTIA Learning Alliance training provider (Comptia.org)
  2. Find a Microsoft-approved presentation skills training provider

Option 3. Prove that you are an experienced technical trainer

Provide evidence of your certified instructor credential from any one of these vendors:

  1. Microsoft
  2. Cisco
  3. Citrix
  4. Novell
  5. Oracle

Option 4. Prove that you are an instructor at an accredited academic institution

Provide evidence of your employment status with an accredited academic institution.

New! Microsoft Certifications

November 4, 2010 by · Comments Off on New! Microsoft Certifications
Filed under: Excel, MCA, MCDST, MCITP, MCLC, MCPD, MCSA, MCSD, MCSE, MCT, MCTS, Microsoft, MOS, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Word 

Microsoft Certifications are available for most Microsoft technologies and skill levels from students to business workers to IT professionals, developers, technology trainers, and system architects. Achieving a Microsoft Certification helps provide you with up-to-date, relevant skills that can help lead to a more fulfilling career, while giving you access to valuable Microsoft Certification Program benefits.

These benefits include access to the Microsoft Certification Program (MCP) member site or the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) member site, and access to a vast, global network of other certified professionals.

Which Microsoft certification track you choose to take depends of course on the career path you wish to take, so by clicking on the links below you can find out more information on the various Microsoft certifications that are available, as well as comprehensive listings of free studying material to help you gain Microsoft credentials.

IT professional

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist,(MCTS)
Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Certified IT Professional for Microsoft Dynamics

Developer

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Advanced certifications

Microsoft Certified Master
Microsoft Certified Architect

Home and office user

Microsoft Office Specialist(MOS,Word\Excel\Outlook\PowerPoint\Project)

Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant (MCLC)