I was at the MCT Summit in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and as soon as the I walked in the door, I was bombarded with questions about that pesky conflict of interest statement that you're asked to sign if you are interested in participating in MCP exam development (this doesn't apply to all of our exams, but it does apply to most of our TS and Pro exams). To clarify the requirements, I was asked to blog about what this COI really means. It really boils down to two restrictions:
Why do we have these restrictions?
What other questions do you have about this?
The happy ending to this story is that I was able to clarify the requirements with the MCTs who were interested in helping us create the SQL Server 2012 exams and our content development vendors as soon as I knew there was a misunderstanding... if I know there's a problem, I'll do everything in my power to fix it, but I can't fix it if I don't know. You have to tell me if something's broken, seriously. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can't figure out who can solve your problem. We'll figure it out.
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so the only restriction for teaching is with we attend the alpha? If I go to a standards setting, item selection, review items, or even write exam items, there's no restriction for teaching the course related to the exam?
You are correct. The teaching restriction ONLY applies to people who participate in alpha. If you see the entire item pool, you can't teach for a year afterward.
Thanks for asking!