I cannot count how many people have come to me and asked how they could become a Microsoft Certified Trainer(MCT). I have said many times that I consider it among my most valuable credentials, and well worth the yearly fee. If you are one of those who would like to become one, then read on… especially if you are in the Greater Toronto Area!
Of course in order to become an MCT you need to be proficient in the technologies you are going to teach… so you have to have the senior certifications that align with the technology (MCITP/MCSA, etc…)
Unfortunately there are a lot of people who hold those certifications who cannot teach, and that is not a surprise… one of the greatest fears in people is the fear of public speaking, and training is just that. Getting up in front of an audience is not easy. Add to that you have to be able to clearly and concisely make your point – you have to know not only the subject matter, you also have to know the courseware, and the flow. And don’t forget the importance of knowing how to use and project your voice.
So how does Microsoft distinguish between those who can and those who can’t (and sometimes there are those who shouldn’t)? It is difficult, but one of the ways they determine eligibility is to check that people have taken and passed a CTT+ ‘Train the Trainer’ class. The class is only taught by a very select few companies in Canada, and at that not very often. So now is your chance… Trab Training, a CTT+ certified vendor on Microsoft’s pre-approved list, is offering the class in Toronto next month (June 26/27). You can sign up at http://www.trab.com/form-reg.html, or contact them at http://www.trab.com/contact.html for more information.
While I did not take this class I have heard from several of Bart’s students that he is an excellent trainer, and they each have their MCT to prove it. Please mention to them that you heard about this class from me, and when it is done please let me know any feedback you have!
Remember… if you want to be an MCT, you almost certainly need this class!