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2006 MCT Program Reg Opens April 3

Registration for Microsoft's 2006 MCT program opens up Monday, April 3.

Registration for Microsoft's 2006 MCT program opens up Monday, April 3. Member feedback precipitated the move to have the registration period moved from fall to spring, according to Ken Rosen, group manager of the MCT program in an e-mail inquiry.

"October is a bad time to launch a program," Rosen stated, 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."

Besides an MCT certificate, wallet card, and online access to Microsoft Official Learning curriculum, Microsoft is offering several new benefits:

  • Free access to E-Learning on the Microsoft E-Learning site (available worldwide).
  • 50-percent off Microsoft Press books (North America, EMEA, Austrailia and New Zealand); must be ordered from local fulfillment.
  • 20-percent off Microsoft TechNet Plus (offer is not available in China, India, Korea, Latin America or Taiwan).
  • 50-percent off Visual Studio Professional+MSDN Premium Subscription (to qualify, MCT must have an MCPD or MCSD on .NET).
  • MCT Season Pass, which is a reuseable MCP exam voucher that allows MCTs to take exams at up to 56-percent off retail (can be used on a maximum of 5 exams per voucher).
  • Early invitations to MCP beta exam and Microsoft software beta programs.

The list of benefits are numerous and include Microsoft Learning Base Virtual Hard Disk DVDs, which contain the Virtual PC images required for Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Business Solutions qualifiers for the MCT program; discount subscriptions; invitations to MCT-only events at Microsoft conferences; and access to community forums. Microsoft also points to an interesting feature, called Metrics that Matter, a best practices guide and reporting tool for measuring training customer satisfaction. See the MCT Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mct/ for a complete list of benefits.

About the Author

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:

Sun, Apr 2, 2006 Ken Rosen Redmond

Anonymous--In order to set up the MS Perss discounts for MCTs, we have to set up an arrangement with at least one retailer in each country. We're working on getting it set up for Asia, and we'll hopefully have it up soon. But no firm dates just yet.

Fri, Mar 31, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Is there a reason why Asia is not included as part of the Microsoft Press discounts?

Fri, Mar 31, 2006 Ken Rosen, MCT Program Ma Redmond

FB--the TechNet Plus discount is only offered in regions where we sell the product directly (rather than through a reseller) and where the product is priced enough above our costs that we can afford to discount it.

Same explanation applies to Gerald's question about why not a 50% discount.

(but if it still seems like the price should be lower, ask me again on Monday)

Interesting suggestion about the discount for ten-year-plus folks. I'm a bit hesitant because we've got the NT4 baby boomers quickly approaching their tenth anniversary, but we can definitely look into some addtional special treatment for folks who have shown that much loyalty.

We can chat more about it over in the MCT member newsgroups.

Ken

Fri, Mar 31, 2006 Gerald Pauler Silicon Valley

The TechNET Plus ought to be 50% for MCTs since it would encourage more to sign up and stay current with all the monthly issues, etc. on CD/DVD's.
Also, I am convinced that there ought to be a discount off the annual MCT fee for MCT's who have had active MCT status for over 10 years.
How 'bout those thoughts, Ken?

Fri, Mar 31, 2006 FB BRAZIL

Why Technet/Plus is not available in Latin America?.

Thu, Mar 30, 2006 Jim Lambertville, NJ

Ken is a true champion of the MCT community. His tireless efforts on our behalf are sincerely appreciated by many in the US and abroad.

What's my donation to the Ken Rosen retirement fund (MCT application fee) going to be for 2006??? :)

Thu, Mar 30, 2006 Michael Domingo Irvine, CA

Thanks to Ken Rosen for the updates. I've edited the article to reflect the new changes and correct some older information.

Thu, Mar 30, 2006 Ken Rosen Redmond

Some updates since I last spoke with Michael:

* The free e-learning benefit is now avaialble to MCTs worldwide.

* The Microsoft Press discount now includes Australia and New Zealand as well, but the discount is 50% only in North America. Elsewhere, it varies by country.

* New benefit: 50% discount on Visual Studio Professional 2005 plus MSDN Premium Subscription for MCTs who also hold either an MCPD or MCSD on Microsoft. NET certification

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