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Which certification is best for a trainer? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm a former computer trainer who is preparing to re-enter the workforce after home schooling my children for the past 18 years. I would like some advice as to WHICH certification will give me the best "bang for my buck". I have Office 2007 installed on my computer; would it be better for me to become certified on Office 2010?  What about becoming a Microsoft Certified Trainer?
    Monday, December 12, 2011 5:14 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    it takes a while to become a MCT. You need to fullfill some requirements to become it - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mct.aspx

    The first question is: Do you want to work in a power user environment (Office, etc.) or in a development environment? For the first case you should get some experience with Office and then go for the MOS certifications - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx - for the second case choose in which direction you want to go and maybe certified - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx


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    Monday, December 12, 2011 10:38 PM
    Answerer
  • Which certification will give you "bang for your buck" depends on a number of factors such as demand (which differs per country) and skill set.  Whether you should become a MCT or not depends on whether you are happy training instead of using a technology as generally speaking, MCT's don't usually get much experience with using product.  MCT's also don't get(generally) the same level of income.

    There are 4 main streams of certification and each can provide good income:

    Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
    An MCITP certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in deploying, supporting, and optimizing IT infrastructures.

    Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
    An MCPD certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role.

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
    The MCTS certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise.

    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
    An MTA certification helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for advanced studies and MCTS exams, and demonstrate fundamental knowledge of hardware or IT infrastructure or software technology. 

     


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

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    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:07 AM
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  • I'd go for 2010 as Microsoft retire exams when they're about two versions behind current technology.  This mens that once MOS 2011 is released, the 2007 exams will get retired not long after that (not sure of exact date sorry). 
    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:52 PM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    it takes a while to become a MCT. You need to fullfill some requirements to become it - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mct.aspx

    The first question is: Do you want to work in a power user environment (Office, etc.) or in a development environment? For the first case you should get some experience with Office and then go for the MOS certifications - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx - for the second case choose in which direction you want to go and maybe certified - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx


    Best Regards. Please Mark Answered, If my solution solves your problem.
    Monday, December 12, 2011 10:38 PM
    Answerer
  • Which certification will give you "bang for your buck" depends on a number of factors such as demand (which differs per country) and skill set.  Whether you should become a MCT or not depends on whether you are happy training instead of using a technology as generally speaking, MCT's don't usually get much experience with using product.  MCT's also don't get(generally) the same level of income.

    There are 4 main streams of certification and each can provide good income:

    Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
    An MCITP certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in deploying, supporting, and optimizing IT infrastructures.

    Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
    An MCPD certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role.

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
    The MCTS certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise.

    Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
    An MTA certification helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for advanced studies and MCTS exams, and demonstrate fundamental knowledge of hardware or IT infrastructure or software technology. 

     


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 12:07 AM
    Moderator
  • Well you answered the part about MCT or MOS.  

     

    I'm a software person...I've been a back-up support person before, but if it comes to the nitty-gritty of the hardware, I'd rather not have to think about it. Infrastructure is not my forte'. Problem-solving and working with people, teaching them how to use the programs, is my strength. I was a computer trainer back when Windows was a new product; I was training people using DOS. That was back when there were women getting back into the work force, who were afraid to push the "wrong button" on a computer and maybe fry the whole thing!  I'm good at teaching people how to use the computer.

     

    So now that it looks like the MOS is the certification that I want, my question is: 2007 or 2010?


    Marcie Fessler
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:16 PM
  • I'd go for 2010 as Microsoft retire exams when they're about two versions behind current technology.  This mens that once MOS 2011 is released, the 2007 exams will get retired not long after that (not sure of exact date sorry). 
    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:52 PM
    Moderator