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MCT 2006 Fee Waived for New Enrollees

Microsoft to waive MCT program fees for new candidates who join prior to start of 2006 program.

According to a recent MCP Flash, Microsoft is temporarily waiving the MCT 2006 program fee if new candidates apply for the MCT 2005 program from now until March 31, 2006. (Current MCPs do not qualify for this offer.)

The application date for the MCT 2006 calendar year will close during the month of April, and then reopened again on May 1.

The new application date was expected. In October last year, which was the traditional period Microsoft marked each year for MCTs to renew their status in the program, Microsoft's Ken Rosen announced the change via an e-mail to MCPmag.com. "October is a bad time to launch a program," he said, adding that "it requires us to gear up our field and get our partner's attention during summer holidays and back-to-school. So we moved it to April, where the 90-day run-up is free and clear of distractions."

Microsoft is making other changes to the MCT program during the 2006 calendar year, including waiving the minimum delivery requirements for MCTs who have been with the program at least five years, and reducing the minimum number of students that MCTs must deliver training to 15 per year. To find out more, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mct/guide/.

[This article was corrected from an earlier version. Thanks to Bob L. and Andy Barkl for alerting us. -- Editor]

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Jan 28, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Would you care for some cheese with that wine!

Fri, Jan 27, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

In additional to this, Microsoft say it's waved the fee for MCT2006 but you join now (It's MCT2005), you pay $400 and still have to re-appy the MCT2006 in April. So you do not do any MCT teaching in these two months Feb and March or your certification like MCP/MCSE is going to expired before March/April, then your MCT will not be valid for the program year in MCT2006 ?
Even they waived your fee for MCT2006!
Becaused you are not fulfill the MCT requirement !?
So ! Is it a trick ?

Fri, Jan 27, 2006 Billy Anonymous

It's a Trick! I just agrue with Microsoft but
no hope! It's a waved fee with MCT2006 started with April 2006 to next April.
But you have to joine MCT 2005 and pay for US$400. for which only valid from Jan 2006 unto End of March 2006. So you still need to pay $400 and this $400 was only good for Feb and March!
SO this is not a special OFFER!
It's a trick!

I hope Microsoft should understand that if they say it's Special Offer and Waved the fee, it should start and effective now to next program year! Not using English language to trick me! I'm very disappoint
with this! ....... Jan 27, 2006

Thu, Jan 19, 2006 MARCELO BRAZIL

Here we deliver about 1 class by month and get about US$400 fee. It's hard to believe Microsoft will charge us in this amount. Don't these guys do marketing research before define these numbers?! How can one "trade" 1 month of work to keep working at anothers of the year ?
This just incentivates clandestinity at CTECs with non-MCts delivering classes, and Microsoft auditing harder to be efficient...

Wed, Jan 18, 2006 zangort Anonymous

I too am confused, and I believe misled. I'm a recent MCSE (and have never been an MCT), and I just went through the application process online. At the very end I was STILL expected to pay $400, however. I beileve the intent of this is that if you sign up now, you'll get an EXTRA 3 months of being an MCT at no extra cost (since the 2006 program starts in April). It is apparently does NOT - as the article implies in the tagline - actually waive the fees. NOt e that you still have to "apply for the MCT 2005 program", which of course costs $400. Buyer beware...

Mon, Jan 16, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Current MCTs do not qualify for this offer.
MCT renewals will take place in April.

Mon, Jan 16, 2006 Luis Portugal

when current MCT must fullfill the renewal application?! Can you tell me about it?!

Mon, Jan 16, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm confused, I'm not an MCT but would like to be... I too had my hopes up about the waving of the $400 fee. But the application says that you need to be an MCP with I am, and the article says you can't be a current MCP??? Help??

Sat, Jan 14, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

The article has been corrected.

Fri, Jan 13, 2006 Sean Chicago

Am I missing something, the article clearly says

Microsoft is temporarily waiving the MCT 2006 program fee if NEW CANDIDATES apply for the MCT 2005 program from now until March 31, 2006. (CURRENT MCPs DO NOT QUALIFY for this offer.)

Fri, Jan 13, 2006 Tim Doscher San Diego

Allan is correct, I had my hopes up and went through the application to get smacked with the $400 fee at the last page, did you get this story from Dan Rather's people?

Thu, Jan 12, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

The Microsoft Learning folks should learn to write more concise newsletters instead of allowing assumptions to be made.

Thu, Jan 12, 2006 Allan Jacobs New York

This article is patently incorrect. The "fee waiver" only applies to new MCTs who join the program in January or February 2006 (for the 2005 Program year). Existing MCTs cannot obtain a fee waiver by being an early bird. The author should make more effort to confirm that which he writes and his editor should fact check.

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