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MCT 2004 Program Begins Oct. 1

New, renewing MCTs can begin preparations for renewing into 2005 program.

That time of year once again approaches for MCTs and MCT candidates to file paperwork for retaining the MCT title for the 2004 calendar year. The MCT 2004 program begins on Oct. 1, 2004. Microsoft Learning has posted requirements for the program on the MCT home page at https://partnering.one.microsoft.com/mct/program/2004_renewal.aspx (a valid Microsoft Passport account is needed to access this page).

The MCT 2004 program for new candidates is available only to those who have an MCSE on Windows 2000, MCSE on Windows 2003, MCDBA on SQL Server 2000 or MCSD.NET title and who can offer proof of having completed the following requirements:

  • Deliver 80 or more hours of Microsoft training using Microsoft Official Courses, Microsoft Official Workshops, Microsoft Official Seminars, Microsoft Official Clinics, Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) or Microsoft Academic Learning Series (ALS)
  • 20 professional continuing education credits.

Microsoft says tracking of training hours is based on an honor system; the company provides a sheet on its Web site for documenting training. Candidates can turn to several methods to earn CECs, including the following:

  • Pass Microsoft cert of CompTIA Security+ exam (5)
  • Get MSF Practitioner endorsement (5)
  • Attend Microsoft or trainer skills course or MCT readiness event (1)
  • Attend qualifying Microsoft-focused conference or workshop (1 credit per day)
  • Upgrade MCSD on Visual Studio 6 to MCSD.NET before Oct. 31, 2003 (15)

According to an FAQ on the MCT site, the requirements have become stiffer, with an increase in course delivery hours (in 2003, the program required candidates to teach two 10-module courses).

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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