Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. This exclusive group of Microsoft technical training professionals get access to the complete library of official Microsoft training & certification products; and receive substantial discounts on exams, books, readiness resources, invitations to exclusive events, etc.
Microsoft Learning Dashboard – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/dashboard.aspx Microsoft Certification benefits and exam registration.
MCT Program Enrollment Tool – https://mcp.microsoft.com/authenticate/mct/enrollment MCT Program enrollment and reenrollment tool.
Microsoft Learning Download Center (LDC) – https://learningdownloadcenter.microsoft.com MOC courseware download site for MCTs and Learning Partners.
Transcript Sharing Tool – https://mcp.microsoft.com/Anonymous/transcript/validate Transcript Sharing ID Generation – https://mcp.microsoft.com/authenticate/directory/preference MCTs can share their certification information by providing third parties with their Transcript ID and their Access Code. This tool provides proof that the MCT status is still active when requested.
MCT Central – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/mct MCT Forums – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/mct/p/mctforum MCT
Regional Leads – http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/mct/p/findregionallead.aspx
Microsoft Learning Blog – https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b Born to Learn (B2L) is the birthplace of legendary trainers. You can get in touch with an expert in your region to get answers to questions, or to find out about special activities and trainings.
MOC Companion Content – http://www.microsoft.com/learning/companionmoc Download companion content for Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) titles. Student lab files are included.
MCT Flash – profile.microsoft.com/regsysprofilecenter MCP Flash – profile.microsoft.com/regsysprofilecenter MCTs are eligible to receive the MCT Flash, a newsletter specifically for MCTs. MCPs are eligible to receive the MCP Flash newsletter.
Microsoft Action Pack Learning Option – https://www.maps-learningoption.com Those MCTs who are also members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) through the use of a Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS), can apply to become a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner.
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Free IAMCT Membership – http://www.iamct.org International Association of Microsoft Certified Trainers is a world-wide non-for-profit network of MCT related user groups. Submission of MCT ID, MCT Transcript ID and Transcript Sharing Code is required for registration.
Free e-Learning Access – https://imagineacademy.microsoft.com/accesscoderedemption/enrollmentcode MCTs can request an enrollment code for free access to e-Learning through Microsoft Imagine Academy, previously known as IT Academy (email@example.com). Access to courses is available for up to two years.
Free MOS Exam – https://www.certiport.com/portal/pages/registration.aspx Every 12 months, MCTs can get one free Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam through Certiport. To receive the free voucher, send your MCT ID to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dynamics PartnerSource Access – https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource Dynamics Learning Portal (DLP) – https://mbspartner.microsoft.com/faqvideos MCTs can request an invitation to access the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) portal through the MCT PartnerSource Training Access pilot program (email@example.com). They can also access learning resources for Microsoft Dynamics products through DLP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Free Gooroo Subscription – https://gooroo.io/microsoft Gooroo’s tech career management platform offers a free 12-month Premium subscription. Its AI engine will give you a skills analysis and match you to available jobs/contracts.
SME Exam Credit – http://connect.microsoft.com/site862 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who act as lead item writers or participate in an exam’s development process will receive credit for that exam, so they will not have to pass it. Restrictions apply due to conflict of interest.
MCT Exam Discount – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-list.aspx MCTs receive 50% discount for every MCP exam scheduled with Pearson VUE. The discount applies automatically during checkout.
Microsoft Press Discount – https://www.microsoftpressstore.com MCTs have a discount code for 40% off on books (MCTBOOK) and 50% off on e-books (MCTEBOOK). They can also offer their students 35% off on books (STUDENTBOOK) and 45% off on e-books (STUDENTEBOOK). MCPs also get 40% off on books (MCPBOOK) and 50% off on e-books (MCPEBOOK).
MCT Cloud Incentive Program – https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/enrollment/ui/enrollment.aspx MCTs who have any of the qualifying certifications when they start an application in the MCT enrollment tool will receive 10% discount. These certifications are “MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect”, “MCSA: Office 365”, “MCSA: Windows 10” and “MCSA: Linux on Azure”. No vouchers needed, since discount is validated during the payment process and applied at checkout.
Dell Discount – http://www.dell.com/mpp/mcp MCTs get special discounts (5% – 30%) on select Dell products. This offer is valid only in United States.
NetCom Learning Discount – http://mkt.netcomlearning.com/mcp_promotion.html MCTs get a 20% discount from NetCom Learning on any MOC class. They can also get a free 1st day training on any publicly offered Microsoft course and choose to opt-out afterwards or continue at a discounted rate. This offer is valid only in United States.
Screenshot Monitor – http://screenshotmonitor.com/mcp ScreenshotMonitor.com is a collection of applications that tracks the time of you and your employees and can takes periodic or on-demand screenshots. MCTs receive a $50 credit over the free version by entering the code MCP50 when creating an account.
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Microsoft Learning Partner Sites
Metrics That Matter (MTM) – https://www.metricsthatmatter.com/mtmadmin MTM Survey Link for MCTs – http://www.metricsthatmatter.com/mctsurvey/coursesurvey The MTM platform is used for your learning measurement, analytics on your recent performance and reporting. Log on with your MTM account to access the current MCT survey assigned to you.
Microsoft Certification Marketplace – https://www.certmarketplace.com Depending on your certification order your Welcome Kit or your Wallet Card, request printed certificates and manage your MCP Profile.
Microsoft Certification Profiles – http://www.mycertprofile.com MCP Profile Management – http://www.certmarketplace.com/profile Find the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) you need, with access to their official certifications and profiles. Create and share your certification profile.
Acclaim – https://www.youracclaim.com Digital badges are the new trend. Acclaim is leading the way by partnering with the organizations that issue recognition (including Microsoft), the people who earn it (including MCTs), and the employers who hire them.
Microsoft Learning (LeX) GitHub Repository – https://github.com/microsoftlearning To support Microsoft Azure courses, LeX needs to make frequent updates to the content. By publishing the lab instructions and files on GitHub, they can keep the content current with changes in the Azure platform.
Microsoft Courseware Marketplace (CWM) – https://shop.courseware-marketplace.com/en-gb/home This is the marketplace for Microsoft Official Learning Products (MOLP). Access is granted to verified Microsoft Partners. MCTs receive one free digital copy of every MOLP.
Official Courseware Marketplace (OCM) – https://www.courseware-marketplace.com/en-gb/home The marketplace to purchase learning products for IT Service Management, Cyber Resilience, Project Management and Agile Methodology. Access is granted to verified Partners and Trainers upon request.
Skillpipe Web Reader – https://skillpipe.courseware-marketplace.com/en-gb Skillpipe Apps – https://skillpipe.courseware-marketplace.com/en-gb#apps Web application for Skillpipe e-reader, containing all digital content purchased from CWM. You can also access the Skillpipe mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.
Skillpipe Management – https://courseware-management.skillpipe.com Management of CWM licenses that need to be activated for use with the Skillpipe e-reader.
MOC On-Demand for MCTs – http://www.skillpipe.com MOC On-Demand (MOD) – https://training.microsoft.com Microsoft Official Course (MOC) On-Demand registration. The MCT versions of MOC On-Demand do not include access to the hosted labs, since MCTs already have access to the labs via MOC and MLO benefits.
Arvato Training Newsletter – https://arvato.wufoo.com/forms/arvato-training-and-education-newsletters Get the latest news from Arvato Training and Education Services by subscribing to Courseware Marketplace, Skillpipe, or Microsoft Official Learning Products newsletters.
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Visual Studio Subscriptions Portal
These subscriptions come with training use rights only, which enable an MCT to prepare for training delivery. MCT Software & Services subscriptions do not allow the software or services provided to be used in a production setting, which includes commercial use or a classroom. MCT Software & Services subscriptions automatically terminate upon expiration or termination of your current MCT Program agreement.
Free MSDN Subscription – https://my.visualstudio.com/subscriptions MCTs receive a complimentary 1-year recurring MSDN Platforms subscription to support their training preparation needs. This benefit provides licenses to all Microsoft software titles except Visual Studio Ultimate, which is provided only to Developer MCTs along with Visual Studio Online Advanced.
Free Office 365 Subscription – https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits All MCTs receive a complimentary 1-year recurring Office 365 Developer subscription to support their training preparation needs. This subscription provides access to the latest Microsoft online services.
Free Visual Studio Subscription – https://my.visualstudio.com/subscriptions By joining Visual Studio Dev Essentials, you get a free perpetual subscription that includes $25 worth of monthly Azure credit for 12 months, on-demand access to Xamarin University, a 3-month subscription to Linux Academy, a 3-month subscription to Pluralsight, and many tools.
Free Azure Subscription – https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits By activating this benefit, IT Pro MCTs get $100 worth of monthly Azure credit for 12 months and Developer MCTs get $150 worth of monthly Azure credit for 12 months.
Dev/Test Pay-As-You-Go Subscription – https://my.visualstudio.com/benefits Your own personal sandbox for dev/test. You receive exclusive discounted hourly rates to provision resources of your Azure subscription. No credit card required.
Windows Analytics – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/windows-analytics Microsoft Operations Management Suite – https://mms.microsoft.com This free service is part of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and is based on your MCT Azure subscription. Use insights from Windows Analytics to reduce the cost of deploying and servicing Windows 10.
Microsoft Certification and Exam Offers – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/offers.aspx Offers and campaigns related to Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams and trainings.
MindHub Certification Exam Preparation – https://www.mindhub.com/category-s/64.htm MindHub is a division of Pearson VUE and provides a centralized repository of certification learning materials, including Practice Labs and Microsoft Official Practice Tests.
MeasureUp Certification Practice Tests – http://www.measureup.com/microsoft.aspx MeasureUp is a Microsoft Certified Official Practice Test Provider of certification practice tests, practice labs and assessments.
Microsoft Professional Program – https://academy.microsoft.com/en-us/professional-program/data-science The Data Science track in the MPP provides real-world knowledge, as opportunities for Data Scientists are rapidly growing in response to the exponential amounts of data being captured and analyzed.
The Microsoft Press Store – https://www.microsoftpressstore.com Find training eBooks & books.
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Microsoft Cloud Readiness
Technical certification gives you opportunities for career advancement and higher salaries. Skilled Azure professionals are highly sought after, but it can be difficult to master all the latest Azure skills in today’s increasingly complex technological environment. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are self-paced, interactive online learning environments that focus on core development skills for cloud and mobile technologies. Modern learning methods from MOOCs offer a flexible way to certification exam preparation.
Azure Training and Certification – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/skills Enrich your technical skills with deep, hands-on Azure online training and have your expertise recognized with great deals on Azure certification.
Microsoft Open edX – https://openedx.microsoft.com Open edX – https://open.edx.org Azure Skills Training Catalog – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/azure-skills-training.aspx Free courses from Microsoft Learning’s Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) catalog, focused on deep technical online training for Azure. Published courses are powered by Open edX on Microsoft Azure. Open edX is the open source platform that powers edX courses.
edX – https://www.edx.org/school/microsoft EdX is a nonprofit online initiative that offers interactive online courses and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) in a variety of subjects. Courses from the world’s best universities and institutions, including Microsoft, can be audited for free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a fee.
Opsgility – https://www.opsgility.com Provides deep technical training on Azure. Get instructor-led training on-site or through a remote classroom by their industry-acknowledged trainers.
Microsoft IT Pro Career Center – https://www.itprocareercenter.com An online resource to help IT Professionals map their current role to cloud technology. Follow your cloud career path at your own pace and choose the skills you need to stay relevant and marketable.
Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials – https://www.itprocloudessentials.com Free annual subscription which includes cloud services and education for a path to career advancement. Get hands-on experience and targeted educational opportunities to increase your knowledge.
Azure Passes for MCTs – https://vouchers.cloudapp.net/azurepass Active members of the MCT Program who are teaching an ILT session on a MOC title may request or redeem a Microsoft Azure Pass.
Microsoft Learning Azure Student Pass – http://www.microsoftazurepass.com/learning Microsoft Azure Pass – http://www.microsoftazurepass.com By using an Azure Pass, you can get free Azure access for a limited time period. Students of Microsoft Learning Partners will receive passes to redeem for 30 days of Azure access from their training provider.
Microsoft Virtual Academy – http://mva.microsoft.com Free eBooks from Microsoft – https://mva.microsoft.com/ebooks From the basic overview to deep technical training, learn how to leverage Azure for your business. Free Microsoft eBooks are available in PDF, EPUB and Mobi formats.
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MCT NFR Licenses
Not-for-Resale (NFR) licenses are provided to MCTs in a complimentary (free) fashion and upon personal request only. They are full-functioning products without any feature restrictions but they have usage limitations. Most of them come with a one-year activation period and resubscription through the vendor is required every year for their continuous use. They are to be used only for personal, non-production, consulting and training purposes. Transferring the provided license to any third party, including the user’s company, is strictly prohibited. “Not for Resale” licenses are valid as long as the trainer is an active member of the MCT Program.
Raxco – http://portal.raxco.com/mct/mct_request.cfm PerfectDisk offers fast optimization for HDDs and SSDs, with new Windows 10 compatibility and enhanced S.M.A.R.T. monitoring of physical drives. Raxco provides free copies to MCTs, to be used in teaching classes.
TechSmith – https://www.techsmith.com/evangelists/mct MCTs get complimentary copies of the latest versions of Snagit (Image & Video Screen Capture) and Camtasia (Screen Recording & Video Editing).
StarWind – https://www.starwindsoftware.com/vsan-for-mct StarWind offers MCTs a free 1-year VSAN Enterprise license with all features (fault-tolerance, high availability, asynchronous replication, snapshot) enabled. Resubscription is required every year.
Kemp – https://kemptechnologies.com/microsoft-pros-loadmaster-license-request MCTa are entitled to a copy of Virtual LoadMaster VLM-5000, a virtual load balancer solution, for personal use.
Veeam – https://go.veeam.com/free-nfr-veeam-availability-suite Veeam – https://go.veeam.com/free-nfr-veeam-backup-microsoft-office-365 Veeam – https://www.veeam.com/blog/how-to-get-free-veeam-nfr-key.html MCTs get a Veeam Availabilty Suite 9.5 license (Backup & Replication + Veeam ONE), for 2 sockets covering VMware and Hyper-V environments. MCTs also get a Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 license (integrated with Backup & Replication), for up to 10 users. Licenses are valid for 1-year, without any feature limitations.
FastVue – http://www.fastvue.co/mct MCTs who hold training sessions for Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010, can request a copy of TMG Reporter.
Advanced Installer – http://www.advancedinstaller.com/free-license.html Active MCTs get a license of Advanced Installer Architect, a powerful Windows Installer authoring tool.
EventSentry – http://www.eventsentry.com/pricing/mct Individuals who possess an active MCT certification in a relevant field (Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server) get 5 free licenses for EventSentry to be used in home labs.
SQL Toolbelt – http://www.red-gate.com/products/sql-development/sql-toolbelt MCTs who specialize in Microsoft SQL Server can claim a complimentary license for the SQL Toolbelt (a single installer for all of the Red Gate SQL Server tools) by sending their transcript-sharing info to email@example.com.
ApexSQL Tools – http://blog.apexsql.com/apexsql-to-microsoft-mvps-and-vips-your-money-is-no-good-here Trainers who specialize in Microsoft SQL Server can claim a free ApexSQL Universal Bundle by sending their MCT number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CloudBerry – https://www.cloudberrylab.com/offers/mvp.aspx CloudBerry Lab offers a free license of Cross Platform Cloud Backup to MCTs who provide their profile link.
IS Decisions – http://www.isdecisions.com/download/mvp-mct-program.htm IS Decisions provides free MCT licenses to their solutions covering server & desktop reporting, user access control, file auditing, and remote installations.
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Microsoft Online Labs
Microsoft PBT Demo – http://labs.microsoftlabsonline.com/ondemandconnection/launchlabbyalias?alias=pbt Xtreme Consulting is hosting the online labs platform for Microsoft. They provide a demo for Performance Based Testing (PBT), a technology used in some Microsoft certification exams.
Xtreme MOC Labs Online – http://moc.microsoftlabsonline.com MLO for MCT Readiness – https://moc.microsoftlabsonline.com/mct/access Xtreme Consulting is hosting the Microsoft Official Course (MOC) online labs for Microsoft. They provide MCT Readiness access to Microsoft Labs Online (MLO) for your trainer preparation.
Xtreme MOAC Labs Online – http://moac.microsoftlabsonline.com Xtreme Consulting is hosting the Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) Labs Online for Microsoft.
Learn On Demand Systems – http://www.learnondemandsystems.com MCT Access to LODS – https://lms.learnondemand.net Learn On Demand Systems (LODS) provides a tool to deliver experience-based trainings and performance-based assessments. Their OneLearn Lab-on-Demand platform is provided to MCTs upon personal request.
Virsoft Solutions – http://www.virsoft.net Virsoft Solutions provides a worldwide and enterprise-ready private cloud lab environment solution with free access to MCTs.
Windows 10 Lab Kit – https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/mt604890 The kit includes everything you need to review the new in-place upgrade option plus traditional deployment methods and other management tools.
TechNet Evaluation Center – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter You can download evaluation software such as a 90-day trial of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition.
TechNet Virtual Labs – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs Virtual Labs are free online testing environments without complex installation, designed to be completed in 90 minutes or less.
TechNet Library – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library If you’re looking for the full documentation for any of Microsoft’s products, then take a look here.
TechNet Script Repository – https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter If you play with PowerShell or VB Scripts, then you’ll love the Script Repository.
TechNet Social Forums – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums This is a free service where users can post their issues and ask questions about various Microsoft products and services. This is a great place to find resources provided by Microsoft MVPs.
TechNet Support –http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/ms772425 Search for Knowledge Base articles created from real support issues.
Blogs by Microsoft Evangelists – http://blogs.technet.com and http://blogs.msdn.com Many of Microsoft’s staff, including the Evangelists you see at any of the live Microsoft events, keep blogs on MSDN and TechNet.
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Learning Tools & Resources
Microsoft Events – http://events.microsoft.com Microsoft is constantly doing Deep Dive and Fire Starter events in all corners of the world. Take a look at the Events site to see what’s coming up in your area. There are tons of webcasts and podcasts on this site, too.
Microsoft Download Center – http://www.microsoft.com/download The Download Center offers service packs, security patches and upgrades for Microsoft-supported software.
Visual Studio Subscriptions – https://www.visualstudio.com Provide access to current and prior software versions for development and testing along with priority support in forums.
Microsoft Support – http://support.microsoft.com Access how-to articles, one-click diagnosis & repair for many issues, and step-by-step self-help instructions.
Microsoft Premier Support – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftservices/support.aspx Assistance with deploying IT solutions, aligning business and IT strategy, support for IT systems, etc. Dedicated support teams provide continuous hands-on assistance and immediate escalation for urgent issues.
Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer – https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com This is an online tool that helps users troubleshoot and fix issues with various Office 365 apps and services. The app also diagnoses common Outlook issues.
Windows Keyboard Layouts – https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/globalization/mt644793 Useful tool for classroom training reference. Choose a country keyboard to view its layouts.
Microsoft SQL Server Database Product Samples – http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com Wide World Importers sample databases for SQL Server 2016. AdventureWorks sample databases for SQL Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012 and 2014. These samples are used for database trainings in classroom.