Become a Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership, including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; readiness resources and access to a members-only online community; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.

Why should you become a Microsoft Certified Trainer?

Ninety-three percent of US companies say they are “not where they want to be” in terms of IT skills (CompTIA, State of the IT Skills Gap, February 2012)

Eighty-six percent of hiring managers factor in certifications when making hiring decisions. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, January 2011)

Four out of five IT managers believe effective training is critical to the success of a project. (IDC, MarketScape, Worldwide IT Education and Training Vendor Analysis, February 2012)

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you need to earn a Microsoft Certification validating your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions for each course you deliver.

MCT certification program and requirements

The Microsoft Certified Trainer program is an annual membership program. You must complete an online application, pay an annual fee, and meet program requirements to renew your training certification for the coming year. The MCT support team can answer questions about the MCT certification process and the program requirements.

Share your achievement with a digital badge

After you earn your MCT certification, you can claim your digital badge and let the world know about your achievement! Your digital badge empowers you to easily share your achievement on popular online sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or to embed it into your résumé, personal website, or email signature. Learn more about Microsoft badges.

MCT benefits

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you gain access to a personalized Certification dashboard, where you can find a wide variety of useful resources, download your MCT certificate, and engage with the MCT community.

Ongoing benefits and support

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you gain access to a personalized Certification dashboard where you can find a wide variety of useful resources, download your MCT certificate, and engage with the MCT community. Your Certification dashboard also connects you to the latest news and resources, including trainer readiness resources, announcements about exams, and Microsoft training and certification products. Explore MCT benefits, including:

  • MCT Central. Exclusive to MCTs, MCT Central offers both technical readiness and soft skills training materials to help MCTs prepare for teaching Microsoft courses, plus easy access to product and program resources. In addition, MCT Central helps MCTs stay up to date on the latest news, find a job, or connect with other MCTs around the world.
  • MCT prep kits. Access online trainer preparation packs containing helpful downloadable content for teaching courseware, including videos, slide decks, and courseware content, in a helpful OneNote format.
  • Learning Download Center. Receive comprehensive access to the entire Microsoft library of training and certification materials.
  • Courseware Marketplace. Access to Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) and MOC ON Demand.
  • Azure Pass Voucher. $100 monthly use of Azure Services.
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam discounts. MCTs receive a 50-percent discount off of MCP exams. To obtain your 50-percent discount, go to the exam list, choose the exam you wish to take, and then select Schedule Exam. Your discount is automatically applied.
  • Pursue a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification—at no cost. Every 12 months, MCTs can request one free MOS exam voucher to help keep current on MOS 2007, 2010, or 2013 certification. To receive your voucher, email your name, Microsoft Certification ID (MCID), and location (state and country/region) to MCTMOS@Microsoft.com. You will receive your voucher, plus assistance in finding a local test center, directly from Certiport. (You must register to become a Certiport user.)
  • Microsoft Labs Online (MLO). MCTs receive free access to Microsoft Labs Online to support trainer readiness.
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer exam discounts. Microsoft values MCTs and is committed to helping them remain current with their certifications. When you schedule an exam with Pearson VUE using your Microsoft account credentials, your discount will automatically be applied.
    Note: The MCT discount does not apply to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams.
  • MCT community. Join exclusive private communities for peer support and networking, and communicate with the Microsoft training and certification team.
  • Courseware support. Get direct Microsoft support for questions on official Microsoft training and certification products.
  • Early invitations to Microsoft Certification beta exams. Be among the first to earn new certifications by taking certification exams before they are available to the public. Please note that we offer a limited number of beta exam vouchers, and they are allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.
  • Large discounts on Microsoft Press Store books. Receive a 40-percent discount on all printed books and a 50-percent discount on all e-books in the Microsoft Press Store catalog.
MCT Software & Services subscription

MCT Software & Services subscriptions are uniquely tailored to provide exclusive access to resources that help you, as an MCT, further develop your technical expertise and training skills. These subscriptions provide MCTs with exclusive access to Microsoft technologies.

Two subscriptions are available, depending on your specific training focus, and they provide you with a breadth of resources, including software downloads.

  • MCT Software & Services is designed for MCTs who deliver IT Pro and Office training. This subscription provides access to the latest Microsoft services, including Azure and Office 365, in addition to the ability to download thousands of software titles to support training prep needs. If you do not possess a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification or a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification, you are eligible for an MCT Software & Services subscription.
  • MCT Developer Software & Services is designed for MCTs who deliver developer training. This subscription provides access to the latest tools and services to train developers on the Microsoft platform. To be eligible for an MCT Developer Software & Services subscription, you need to possess one of the following certifications:

For more details on MCT Software & Services, see your Certification Dashboard dashboard. With either subscription, you get access to core Microsoft products for training use, including Office, Windows, SharePoint, SQL Server, and other resources valued at up to $15,000 USD.

MCT Software & Services subscriptions automatically terminate upon expiration or termination of your current MCT program agreement, whichever is earliest. These subscriptions come with training use rights only and 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, including commercial use or in a classroom. The MCT program certifications and qualifications, along with their associated MCT Software & Services subscriptions, are subject to change as determined by the MCT program.

Requirements

The MCT program is for educators around the world who actively deliver training on Microsoft technologies. If you possess a qualifying certification or qualification, and you are passionate about delivering training on Microsoft technologies, we encourage you to consider applying.

For detailed information regarding MCT program requirements, review the MCT Program Guide and MCT Program Agreement in the Application process section of this page.

MCT program entry requirements

  • Possess a current Microsoft Certification or qualification eligible for the MCT program.
    (See below for list of qualifying certifications)
  • Demonstrate instructional skills verified by one of the following:
    • Instructional Skills Certification:
      • CEGOS Group
      • CompTIA CTT+
      • Essential Educate Trainer (internal Microsoft certification)
      • Friesen Kaye and Associates
      • Global Knowledge Instructional Skills Certification
      • Gopas
      • IAMCT Approved Technical Trainer (IAMCT ATT)
      • IPM (Institut für Personalberatung und Managemententwicklung)
      • Learning and Performance Institute Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment (TPMA)
      • Learning Tree Train the Trainer Program
      • Marcom Deli
      • Microsoft Certified Trainer Instructional Skills Certification (MCT-ISC)
      • Netcom Learning Instructional Skills Certification
      • New Horizons Instructional Skills Certification
      • PrepMasters USA
      • Sinerji Egitim
    OR
  • Provide reference supporting at least one year of instructional experience

Note To renew as an MCT, you must meet the MCT program renewal requirements by your anniversary date.

MCT program renewal requirements

  • Possess a current Microsoft Certification or qualification eligible for the MCT program.
    (See below for list of qualifying certifications)
  • Meet the minimum instruction requirement of teaching at least one class, as validated by Metrics that Matter (MTM) OR any other survey tool will be accepted.

Note The renewal requirements are subject to change.

Current Microsoft Certifications and qualifications eligible for the MCT program

Microsoft Certifications

Note Microsoft Certifications and qualifications eligible for the MCT program are subject to change. All new role-based certification will become eligible for the MCT Program once they are released. Certifications that are retired will be eligible for the MCT program up to 6 months following the retirement date. For more information on retiring certifications, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/retired-certifications.aspx

Application process

If you are interested in becoming an MCT, please review the MCT Program Guide and the MCT Program Agreement to understand the terms of membership.

Enrollment and renewal guide

Program Guide

Program Agreement

Online application

The MCT online application is available from the MCT enrollment tool.

If you are a Microsoft Office Specialist and do not have a Microsoft Certification ID (MC ID), obtain one by contacting customerservices@certiport.com. Then, go to the MCT enrollment tool. Before you complete your online application, review the MCT enrollment details in the section that follows.

Use the MCT enrollment tool to:

  • Review the MCT program requirements, and sign the MCT Program Guide and Agreement. Your electronic signature validates your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of the MCT Agreement.
  • Update your profile information. The contact information that you provide is used for MCT communications.
  • Specify your employment status. If you are employed by a Learning Partner or a Microsoft Imagine Academy, you need your employer's Learning Partner or Microsoft Imagine Academy ID number.
  • Select your payment method. Program fees vary, depending on your country/region and employment status. To find the MCT and MCT Alumni membership fees for your country/region, use the lookup tool at the end of the page.

Note If you are an employee of a Learning Partner and your employer will pay your MCT program fee, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase an MCT voucher from Courseware Marketplace.
  2. Complete an application in the MCT enrollment tool.
  3. Enter your MCT voucher code when prompted to pay for your program fee.

After you complete your application and payment, watch for your MCT welcome email. You can then access MCT content on your Certification dashboard.

MCT Alumni program

For more than two decades, MCTs have been at the forefront of Microsoft technology training and adoption. In recognition of their significant contributions, we offer the MCT Alumni program. This program is for all MCTs in good standing with Microsoft who no longer train as part of the MCT program and who desire to maintain their relationship with the MCT community.

Requirements for the MCT Alumni program:

  • Current or prior participation in the MCT program
  • In good standing with Microsoft

Program fees vary depending on your country/region and employment status. To find the MCT and MCT Alumni membership fees for your country/region, use the lookup tool at the end of the page.

MCT Alumni benefits

As an MCT Alumni member, you have exclusive access to the MCT Alumni content on your Certification dashboard. You also have access to MCT Central, where you can find news, events, and a wide variety of resources tailored for MCT Alumni and where you have the opportunity to engage with the whole MCT community.

The MCT Alumni benefits include:

  • Discounts on e-learning, so you can stay current on the latest products and technology and to help you prepare for current exam certifications.
  • Exam discount vouchers, to help keep your MCP certification current and to facilitate re-entry into the MCT program.
  • Access to discounts on e-books and books, which provide reference resources for exam preparation and professional development.

MCT Alumni application process

If you are interested in becoming a member of the MCT Alumni, please review the MCT Alumni Program Agreement to understand the terms of membership.

Note All content is in English unless otherwise noted.

Online application

Apply for MCT Alumni membership through the MCT enrollment tool.

Moving from MCT Alumni to MCT

MCT Alumni are welcome to rejoin the MCT program when they return to active training.

To return as an MCT:

  • Be sure that you meet the MCT program requirements. Check your transcript against the current Microsoft Certifications and qualifications eligible for the MCT program.
  • Apply for entry to the MCT program. MCT Alumni can either provide proof of the instructional skills certification they obtained to support their prior application to the MCT program, or they can submit a reference validating at least one year of instructional experience. This reference can be from a former customer, manager, or colleague.
MCT and MCT Alumni program fees

Find the annual MCT program fees and introductory MCT Alumni fees for your country/region. If you are employed by a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, you qualify to receive a 25-percent discount on the fee. If you are employed by a Microsoft Imagine Academy, you qualify to receive a 50-percent discount on the fee.

Note Microsoft charges any applicable taxes for your country/region, in addition to the program fee.

Updated: October 3, 2016

MCT support

If you need assistance with your MCT application, payment, or benefits, or if you have a general question about the MCT program, contact the support team through our MCT support forum.

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