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CertGuard's First Annual Favorite MCT Awards
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs)

Some of the most under appreciated individuals in the IT Industry are in our own classrooms, banquet halls, and meeting rooms. No, I'm not talking about the students (although they are just as important), I'm talking about the MCTs that TEACH your students and employees what is needed to make their jobs easier. Microsoft places high standards on their MCTs. For some MCTs these standards are met with a great level of difficulty, for others they are met with a great respect and even greater expectations.

The life of an MCT is not an easy one. There is stiff competition for contracts, and often the only thing that separates candidates is their daily rate and so an MCT who is not willing to low-ball pricing finds himself at a disadvantage. Many MCTs choose to be 'Road Warriors', spending much of their time traveling to assignments, either independently or on behalf of agents. Many MCTs travel from city to city and even country to country so much that they wake up unsure of what city they are in. They do this because most often the groups in need of (and willing to pay for) their insight are seldom in their home town.

Not every MCP is cut out to be a trainer. The best trainers combine an in-depth knowledge of the technology with an outgoing personality and the ability to communicate to both individuals and groups comfortably, three traits not often easily combined. Working as an MCT is a tasking job, to say the least, and the path to becoming certified as a trainer is neither easy nor inexpensive. To become a trainer an MCP must first Earn a qualifying Microsoft Credential. He/she must then Prove his/her presentation skills, most often by taking a non-Microsoft course entitled Train the Trainer. Unlike other certified professionals, the MCT must pay an Annual Fee and his/her status will be reviewed annually. MCTs who are not working as trainers, or whose performance has been rated below par, will find themselves stripped of their training credentials when the annual renewal review is conducted.

After the application process, MCTs are assigned to one or more competencies. These competencies are often what you're looking for when you choose to hire a trainer for their services. Once upon a time MCTs were permitted to teach any course corresponding to an exam that they had passed. Those days are gone, and now MCTs are permitted to teach courses corresponding to the certifications that they hold. In other words, an MCT who holds the MCDST certification cannot pass a single exam and teach Active Directory; an MCSE cannot teach .NET courses, and MCPDs cannot teach Desktop Support classes.

The Favorite MCTs of 2008

To show our gratitute toward the people that help us keep braindumps out of the classroom and away from your employees, CertGuard is introducing the "Favorite MCTs of 2008, Exam Candidates Choice Award". Beginning January 1, 2008 (GMT), CertGuard will open a 4-Month Nomination process for MCTs worldwide with the expectation of providing the top 3 MCTs with sponsor provided gifts and prizes.

We're asking individuals and companies that employ the services of these MCTs to step forward and help sponsor this year-long quest for next year's Favorite Microsoft Certified Trainer. We're looking for prize sponsors, plaques, trophies, or money that can go towards any of the forementioned articles. All donations will be considered tax write-offs and W-9's will be provided accordingly.

The Rules...
  1. Anyone can vote (MCTs, MCPs, CPLSs, and non-certs)
  2. Each MCT must be nominated by another MCT or a CPLS
  3. MCTs can be nominated more than once (but not by the same person)
  4. MCTs cannot nominate themselves
  5. Each CPLS can nominate up to 5 MCTs
  6. Each MCT can nominate up to 3 other MCTs
  7. 4 month Nomination period (no entries after May 1, 2008)
  8. 8 month Voting period (voting ends December 31, 2008)
  9. Results will be revealed March 1, 2009
  10. Each nomination is worth 4 points
  11. Each MCP vote is worth 2 points
  12. Each Non-MCP vote is worth 1 point
  13. For the points to be awarded accordingly, the MCP ID, MCT ID, or CPLS ID must be verified.
  14. The MCT with the most points at the end of the year wins.
Sponsor the 2008 Favorite MCT Awards

CertGuard is looking for sponsors!! Get in now while the spots are open. If you're interested in sponsoring this year's Awards, please use this form so that we can contact you to work out the details.

What will Sponsorship get us?

Industry wide recognition as a Sponsor in the #1 MCT Awards Event of 2008.

A listing on the MCT Sponsors of 2008 Page

What can I give?

How much you donate to the people that have helped you is up to you. Of course, we want to encourage larger donations, so the bigger the better, but all donations will be equally respected.

Anything you're willing to give which will contribute to the wellbeing of these hard working, honest, MCTs in their career.

Where will my donation be going?

ALL donations will be going to the favorite MCTs of 2008. CertGuard will not keep any donations.

What does Sponsorship cost?

Every Sponsor must donate a gift/prize to the Prize Pool. Other than that, there are no other costs associated with a sponsorship.

What about advertising?

Anyone can advertise, but any website/company that is found to advertise, advocate, benefit from, endorse, promote, recommend, administer, circulate, distribute, dole out, issue, or share braindumps or other illegal services will be removed from the advertisements without refund.

Advertising basics can be found here: ADVERTISING BASICS

NOTE: these rates may increase as the spots are filled. Payment will be a one-time fee for the remainder of the MCT Awards.

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