Microsoft Certified Trainer or MCT

The Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification program is for individuals who intend to train users who want to obtain any of the other certification programs of Microsoft. They must have some type of certification from the Microsoft Certification Courses, they must also prove their instructional presentation skills, obtain a "Metrics that Matter" ID and apply and pay to become a M.C.T. In Australia, many M.C.T.'s have either a diploma or degree in teaching with reference to primary or secondary education. Further, it is also a mandatory requirement for many training companies, especially Microsoft Gold Partners to have M.C.T.'s with a degree in teaching.

Requirements for M.C.T.'s have changed throughout the era of this certification program. During the Windows NT era, an M.C.T. had to have (1) a premier certification and (2) have passed the examination associated with a course he delivers. Instructors also had to continue to earn Continuing Education Credits or C.E.C.'s to maintain the certification title. They were required to deliver a minimum number of days of official training each year to maintain the certification title.

During the Windows 2000 era, the requirement to pass the examinations associated with a class was just relaxed. This meant that an M.C.T. with M.C.S.E. could teach programming classes and a M.C.D.B.A. could teach engineering courses.

For the XP/Server 2003 era, even the requirements of premier certifications like M.C.S.E., M.C.D.B.A., M.C.S.D., etc. were removed. C.E.C.'s and training requirements were removed in toto. Only an annual fee was required to be paid to maintain M.C.T. M.C.D.S.T.'s could also be certified as a trainer. Today an M.C.T. can be certified in only office applications and hold the trainer certification title.

With the 2007/2008 generation of certification programs viz., M.C.T.S. and M.C.I.T.P., the trainers were tied to "competencies". Each Microsoft Official Course or M.O.C. requires one or more specialized certifications to be held in addition to M.C.T. certification so that the delivery of title to be allowed under the program. There were 54 different competencies as of March 2010 (with last update May 2009). For example, to deliver a Course 50213A (related to Data Protection Manager 2007), the instructor requires the certification title M.C.T.S.: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 certification.

Quality control is somewhat monitored via student evaluations submitted to Metrics That Matter. There are not, however, any standards on minimum score requirements.

With Microsoft relying more on "Community Courseware" in the Microsoft Learning Courseware Library than M.O.C., new loopholes once again allow uncertified instructors to provide public classes. A Microsoft Office instructor or M.C.T., certified in only Word 2003, for example, can legally deliver an ISA Server 2006 class (Course 50002A).

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