Trying to give something back to the Community...
As I mentioned in my last post, one avenue I’d like to explore is the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Now as you’d expect, in order to be a MCT you have to have some Trainer skills (it’s no good being a top notch techie if you can’t convey and get the material across to your students in a way they understand and makes sense to them. I’m sure we’ve all got stories we can share of the worst presentation/ course we’ve ever attended where the presenter sent us to sleep droning on, or didn’t know how to effectively engage their audience and use the most appropriate training media).
Now as I have no formal training experience, to become a MCT Microsoft give you the option of taking the CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) course which I recently attended at Rezound up in Sheffield, who were recommended to me by David Allen and whom I’m certainly recommend.
This is a three day course at the end of which you should have a 20 minute ish video that’s good enough to submit to CompTIA in order to pass the CompTIA certification requirement and be awarded your CTT+. Now before you all go rushing off to get your video cameras out and become CTT+ there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
Now the good news is according to the MCT website you don’t need to be a CTT+ in order to prove your Trainer experience (Option 2 on the Requirements page for the MCT Program), you just need to have attended either the CTT+ course or another Microsoft approved one.
As a result I’ve submitted my application to Microsoft to become a MCT and I’m just waiting to hear back.
However, from what I’m hearing the CTT+ is a real differentiator and having this really carries some weigh in the Training world so even though I’ve done the course and could stop at this point I’ve decided to complete the circle and apply to become a CTT+.
I took the Essentials exam yesterday which I’m delighted to say I passed. So next step for me is to work my way through the comprehensive application form and submit it along with my video and score report from yesterday and fingers crossed the folks at CompTIA will think I’m worthy to become a CTT+.
Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2010/04/09/on-my-way-to-becoming-a-mct-and-ctt.aspx