MCT Renewed for another year!

Just got the mail, I am renewed for another year! Woo! Quoting the MCT site: MCT certification requires an annual renewal. Each year, Microsoft Certified Trainers must complete an online application, pay an annual fee, and meet a number of program requirements to renew their certification for the coming year.

 

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Why renew?

“Discover Tools, resources, and other benefits to help you thrive as both a technologist and an educator. The following MCT certification program benefits help you build, maintain, and prove your expertise on Microsoft products and technologies—and prepare for, teach, and support blended learning solutions.”

“As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you gain access to the MCT member site, where you can download your MCT certificate and MCT program logos for use on your resume.”

Among other things check-out the program benefits here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mct.aspx#tab2

More info about MCT program here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mct.aspx

Get Started with a Private Cloud Certification – MCP Flash

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Are you subscribed with MCP flash? If not, you may have missed this: Microsoft Private Cloud Certification: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-private-cloud.aspx?WT.mc_id=Cloud_MSL_MCPFlash_Jan

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If you ask me, its just MCITP + System Center Certifications, why not right?

Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)

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It has been a while since I had a new Microsoft Certification or even took an official exam thus it’s a really great news that I found out that my MCT application was just been approved!

So you say, MCT? Yes, A Microsoft Certified Trainer, so directly from the learning site :

Microsoft Certified Trainers meet stringent MCT certification requirements. They also receive many valuable benefits, including free access to the complete library of Official Microsoft Learning Products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; members-only newsgroups and online community resources; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.

PS, the transcript now looks nicer too.

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So, lets get training everyone!

More info here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mct.aspx

From TechNet Magazine: New Certifications: What They Are, Why They Matter

This is really a nice post from the TechNet magazine August 2009 Issue on Geek of all trades column : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.08.geekofalltrades.aspx

Also a great post for those who are seeking Certification Advices, notes, and tips! So those who are active in these links in the Community Forum: MCTS exam question , MCSE Path or this: MCTS & MCPD: Certified on Web/Win/XML & Application Development…  Here is a good start 😀

Free Certification Exam Prep from Microsoft Learning Community and Evangelism Team

I was searching for a topic for Pauvi about Microsoft certification and  I found this at the MS Learning.

Live Meeting: Certification 101: Getting Started with Microsoft Certification (Worldwide)
Investing in training and certification can help make you more valuable in today’s economic climate. Join the Microsoft Certified Professional team for a Live Meeting to learn about the value, benefits, and process of getting certified: choosing a certification path, preparing for your first exam, taking an exam, and what to expect after that. Register for one of the following Live Meetings:

March 10:  Certification 101: Getting Started with Microsoft Certification

And mark your calendars for these Microsoft Certification exam coaching sessions:

March 17:  Microsoft Certification Coaching Session: Preparing for your Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client Exam (70-620)

March 24:  Microsoft Certification Coaching Session:  Preparing for your Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance Exam (70-432)

March 25:

Go check this out with me, I’m trying to register now 😀

Are You Certifiable? (www.areyoucertifiable.com)

 

I really enjoyed this game this Saturday! and It reminded me again, I’m really a Software Engineer! (oh yeah, I’m a MCTS and MCPD for .net 2.0 Web App) Although my work is really systems architecture and design, with the fact that my calling is for IT pro (or the servers are calling me) .

The instructions really looks familiar!

Enough of this (I need to finish my track!), go check it out here www.areyoucertifiable.com or directly @ http://www.microsoft.com/click/areyoucertifiable/

Virtualization MCTS exams

As a follow-up on the getVirtualNow event and also for my previous post  on Free Offer: Virtualization E-Learning Collection on MCP Flash! I found this over Microsoft learning site : http://www.microsoft.com/learning/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization TS Exams!

  • Exam 70-403 TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Configuring (available soon)
  • Exam 70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-652 TS: Windows Server 2008 Virtualization, Configuring
  • Exam 70-656 TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring

Something to be certified for in a couple of months!

MCP Exam Security and Integrity

I believe that this news is a good start to be the very first post for the year. Because having the pride of being an MCP myself, I was thrilled to see that Microsoft has updated its MCP site. I may say it illiterates the seriousness against exam and certification fraud. I have already this hint from colleagues in the IT world like Mafi_Mok (Faelmar) on getVirtualnow! event last December on Microsoft Philippines where we have briefly talked about exam cheating, we had our hopes up that Microsoft has already tighten its certification security. Another hint is when I have gone to test for Exam 70-282 Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business, the receptionist told me that only a few ever pass the 70-282 and they are also questioning exam takers that do exams in minutes!

So here are some links on the MCP sites that you may want to be interested if you are planing (like me) to take up an exam this year.

Microsoft Certifications Overview

Updated: December 22, 2008

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/default.mspx

 

Certification Security and Integrity in the News

Published: December 3, 2008

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/policies/press/default.mspx 

 

Microsoft Certification Security and Integrity

Updated: December 2, 2008

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/policies/default.mspx

 

With this new year my goal is to reach MCPD enterprise, with the news that I saw, this would further benefit the credentials of MCP like me.

**Update I’m submitting a full article about this news on port 445 (the official publication of the Philippine Windows Users Group), hopefully be accepted and published.