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It is hard to believe that it has been twelve years since I first became an MCT...

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Changes for MCTs

You may not have heard the complaints about the Microsoft Certified Trainer program… you may not be involved or interested in the program, or you may live on Mars.  However if you are an MCT, you have heard a lot of complaints over the past few years.  I have done my best to keep my … Continue reading Changes for MCTs

TechNet Subscription for MCTs: Extended!

As you know on July 1st Microsoft announced that it would be ending the TechNet Subscriptions (TNS) that so many of us rely on.  As the MCT Regional Lead I have fielded several complaints about this issue.  Last week I reminded you all that August 31, 2013 would be the last day that MCTs would … Continue reading TechNet Subscription for MCTs: Extended!

MCT Regional Lead: Step Up!

This is a message direct from Veronica Sopher, the MCT Community Manager.  If you are an MCT who is interested in becoming more involved you should read it and click to apply! I have done it for the past year, and would love to see some fresh faces! –MDG --- Call for Applications: MCT Regional … Continue reading MCT Regional Lead: Step Up!

How Do I Become an MCT?

Recently I wrote a piece on the Benefits of Being a MCT.  I got an interesting comment from one reader that they keep moving the bar.  I know that I have spoken with this reader before, and she lamented the extreme costs associated with becoming certified, especially in North America.  She also asked if it … Continue reading How Do I Become an MCT?

Benefits of Being a MCT

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of talk about the benefits that MCTs receive from Microsoft.  This conversation comes up every now and again, often because changes are being made or Microsoft Learning is reevaluating the benefits.  The most recent flare in the discussion was caused by the July 1st announcement … Continue reading Benefits of Being a MCT

TechEd 2013: Call For MCTs!

Are you a current MCT? TechEd wants you!  The Call For Staff for TechEd, including Hands On Labs, MCT Ambassadors, and Certification Prep is open, and I am hoping to see a few Canadian MCTs throw their name into the Goblet of Fire!  Ok, it’s not a goblet, there’s no fire… but you do get … Continue reading TechEd 2013: Call For MCTs!

Want to be an MCT? Start Here!

I had a conversation this week with someone who was asking me about becoming an MCT. I know I am a good presenter, and I know my stuff… what do I need to do to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer? Becoming a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) was, for me, a turning point in my career.  … Continue reading Want to be an MCT? Start Here!

MCT Regional Lead

Today a new program was announced by Microsoft Learning.  The MCT Regional Leads will be a liaison between the Microsoft Certified Trainers in their region and MSL.  a call for applications went out in August, and the Leads were announced today.  Melissa Bathum and Veronica Sopher asked me to record a short video for the … Continue reading MCT Regional Lead

Wanna be an MCT? Read on!

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… … Continue reading Wanna be an MCT? Read on!

Renewing my MCT

According to my MS Learning Transcript I became a Microsoft Certified Trainer in July of 2006.  Unlike professional certifications, the MCT credential has to be renewed on a yearly basis, and on March 15th this year I renewed again.  It is actually fairly simple, as long as you haven’t done anything to mess it up.  … Continue reading Renewing my MCT

MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

It was REALLY last minute… on Friday I got a mass e-mail from a training provider scrambling to replace a trainer who had cancelled at the last minute.  By some miracle of scheduling I was available; after a few hours of back and forth e-mails I booked my flight for Sunday to be at the … Continue reading MCITP: Server Boot Camp, Virginia Beach

Choose Your First Certification Exam Wisely

As I peruse the articles that I have written over the past ten years I occasionally come across one that is interesting or relevant today.  I wrote this article when I was working with CertGuard, and it was published in November, 2006.  If you are an IT Pro starting down the path to certifications, this … Continue reading Choose Your First Certification Exam Wisely