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  • Blog Post: How I Earned Credits toward My College Degree with Microsoft Certifications

    You may have seen these advertisements: “Current IT Certifications could waive up to 25% of the credits toward your college degree.” I had ignored the ads in the past but thought it might be time to check them out. If nothing else, I could see if the claim in the ad was real. If it turns...
  • Blog Post: I Am: Ed Baker, Microsoft Technical Evangelist

    Last week we introduced you to Ed Baker , the former UK law enforcement agent who earned (many!) certifications and became a technical evangelist for Microsoft UK . Here's an update from Ed on his experience working in his new role, "selling people the art of the possible." I Am…...
  • Blog Post: I Became: One Cop’s Journey to Microsoft Technical Evangelist, via Certification

    Every journey from certification to career is unique. Sometimes, certification is the start to a career in technology. Other times, it's the catalyst for a change into a dramatically new world. Ed Baker is a prime example of a successful career shifter. Read on to learn how this former law enforcement...
  • Blog Post: Brothers from a Small Town Get Loans, Get Certified and Get Launched in IT

    “If we can do it, you can, too,” says John Deardurff, a man who started his certification journey on a dare from his brother, knowing he would need financial help. Here’s John’s story, in his own words: Back in 1999, my brother Frank received an email from a friend about a...
  • Blog Post: Join the trainer community for MCT Day 2014 in Houston

    Time has gone by very fast in the last couple of weeks, actually months! Well, here we are, practically the eve of geek prom … I meant to say Microsoft TechEd North America 2014, the Houston Edition! When TENA comes around, we all get in our best possible gear, party mindset, we train for the...
  • Blog Post: One month to TechEd NA 2014 - What to do now

    Okay, technically, TechEd North America 2014 is less than four weeks away. Some of our favorite TechEd alumni from Europe are already procuring goodies and packing for the trip (Hi Patrik and Bjarne!). I just watched Rick and Joey's latest Countdown Show episode (the one about the newbies, see below...
  • Blog Post: Meet Your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd NA 2014

    We are excited to introduce your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd North America 2014! For those who have visited our booth or taken exams at various conferences, you've most likely met with MCT Ambassadors. They are a group of Microsoft Certified Trainers who work with our team to help you identify certification...
  • Blog Post: Third Time's A Charm: Lessons from Exam Failures

    The world is coming to an end, the sky is falling, and all is lost. How do I know this? Because I just failed a Microsoft exam. Well, at least that’s how I felt when I failed the exam. To be fair, to accurately test your knowledge and skill, exams are meant to be difficult. And even the most knowledgeable...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to TechEd NA 2014: Discounts, Parties, and More!

    Can you believe TechEd North America 2014 is only two months away? Will we see you in Houston in May ? We could not be more excited. Melissa calls it her summer camp. That's how much we love all the activities and the community during TechEd NA week every year. Microsoft Learning is again bringing...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of an exam addict

    Guest post by Telmo Sampaio , MCT Hi, I’m Telmo. I’m an addict. It’s been eight days since I last took a test. I still remember my first hit as if it were today. It was early in the afternoon on January 12, 1996. I was anxiously waiting, one hand gripping a pencil, the other in...
  • Blog Post: That light-bulb moment: Training the next-generation workforce

    Guest post by Zeshan Sattar , Microsoft Certified Trainer It’s Monday morning. This is the first and only chance for me, as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), to win over my students. Sure, I’ve said hello to the early comers, told them where they can relax and grab a quick coffee before...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a Microsoft Certified Trainer: Why I Teach

    Guest post by John Deardurff , Microsoft Certified Trainer In my 15 years of training, the question I’ve been asked the most is… Why do you teach? The second most asked question is… How did you get so many certifications? (My current total is more than 30 Microsoft Certifications...
  • Blog Post: Security in the Classroom: An MCT Perspective, Part 2

    As a practically-native Seattleite (I’ve lived here since I was 2), I would be remiss in not congratulating the Seahawks on their win yesterday! For this month’s blog, I thought I’d continue the discussion with an MCT on security in our classrooms, and how vital MCTs and students...
  • Blog Post: Check Out The Newly Remodeled Member Sites for MCP, MOS, and MCT

    Guest post by Barbara Norfleet You may have already noticed—the member sites for our three certified professional tracks (Microsoft Certified Professional [MCP], Microsoft Certified Trainer [MCT], and Microsoft Office Specialist [MOS]) have been refreshed with a new look and feel to coordinate...
  • Blog Post: My Road to Certification: Meet Sidney Andrews

    Name: Sidney Andrews MC ID: 8958741 Location: Virginia, USA Twitter: @sidney_andrews Blog: seesharprun.net A couple of years ago, I was on top of the world. I ran my own XAML consultancy and was doing very well using online marketplaces to sell my skills. Wanting to spend more time with...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Heather

    I chatted with Heather about her job working for NASCAR. Heather took her Office certifications to the next level three years ago when she decided to become an MCT. Now not only does she have the Office skills to help the NASCAR organization, but as a Microsoft Certified Trainer she helps others get...
  • Blog Post: Certification Exam Training Tips with MCT Sasa Kranjac

    Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts on Microsoft technologies, and are the only individuals authorized to deliver training with Microsoft Official Courses. MCT Sasa Kranjac—a preeminent Croatia-based IT Technical Trainer, Consultant, and Speaker—stopped...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: Does Certification Really Matter?

    Does certification really matter? This is one of the most frequently asked and debated topic among IT pros and developers, whether they have college degrees or years of industry experience. You want to know if pursuing Microsoft certification is a good investment of time and money. MCT and Senior Consultant...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: What is the benefit if I get certified?

    Recently, a young IT professional starting out in his career asked us on Facebook: "What is the benefit if I get certified?" In the guest blog post below, MCT Ed Baker responds to this young IT pro's question. If you'd like to connect with Ed for more advice, please leave a comment...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: How do I take my exam and stay calm?

    Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) are great sources of information and advice about technology, certification and IT career. As such, they often get questions about study tips and certification exam preparation. In the guest blog post below, MCT Bert Wolters shares some solid tips gathered from years...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: How do I prepare for an exam?

    Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) are great sources of information and advice about technology, certification and IT career. As such, they often get questions about study tips and certification exam preparation. In the guest blog post below, MCT Bert Wolters shares some solid tips gathered from years...
  • Blog Post: IT in Ayiti (Haiti)

    By Mark Wheatley Volunteer Microsoft Certified Trainer NetHope Academy Intern Program - Haiti October 12, 2011 A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach for the NetHope Academy Intern Program in Haiti. I've been a teacher for over 30 years and a Microsoft Certified Trainer for...
  • Blog Post: Future (and current) MCTs Unite!

    If you’re a long-timer reader of this blog, you probably know that we often post about great opportunities and benefits available to our Microsoft Certified Trainers. If you’ve ever thought about joining our premier technical/instructional community, there’s a fantastic opportunity coming up next month...
  • Blog Post: MCT Forums: Disappearing Tab

    Some MCTs have experienced issues with not being able to see/access the MCT Forum tab on the blog. We believe that the issues have been fixed; however, I need your help in confirming this. For those of you who have experienced problems with seeing and accessing the Forum, would you mind dumping your...
  • Blog Post: Mom, I think I want to be an MCT

    I would like to share this wonderful story, I’ve been talking with one of our MCTs Tone Shelby. Tone is a great MCT on SQL Server and she is also a very proud mother. Especially now that her son Brian is about to become an MCT too. It’s been great chatting with Tone and Brian and I wanted...