I recently got my MCT Certification and I would like to share some details on it, in case someone wants to do the same I hope this can clarify a few things.
I have never believed certifications are a 100% guarantee of quality work but having one can provide a certain amount of context of our expertise and some serenity to potential business associates.
What is a Microsoft Certified Trainer?
According to the official website they are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies.
To me being an MCT means you have the capacity to teach complex subjects in a simple, understandable way. Like your favorite teacher but certified in Microsoft Technologies .
Who might be interested?
IT professionals and developers who want to incur in training activities as facilitators and teachers.
How do I become MCT?
The list of requirements is on the official website but in short you have to have one of several eligible Microsoft Certifications (MCA, MCP, MCSD, …), then take one of the following paths:
- Passing a trainer certification exam from one of several entities listed on the website
- Getting a recommendation and proof of one year of experience teaching
When do I get my certificate and for how long is it valid?
After fulfilling the requirements you must complete this form and pay the fee. Microsoft will proceed to validate the informations and will reply somewhere between 24 and 48 hours.
The certification is valid for one year. To renew it you have to fill the same form, have teach at least one class and provide statistics using a platform like Metrics that Matter or similar. You can start the renewal process as early as 3 months before the certification expires.
Why would you want to become an MCT?
The main reason for me is the access to a whole community of structors with whom you can share tips and tricks. Another reason that might motivate you though are the benefits that come with the certification, such as:
- US$100 of monthly credits on Azure
- Early access to new certifications
- Discounts on books and study materials
- Discounts on exams
- Free access to Microsoft e-learning platform
I’m a firm believer that you can learn more by teaching others and for that I encourage you to teach whenever possible, even if you don’t apply for this certification and if you are already teaching you may as well apply since the benefits are many and you are going to keep teaching anyways.