Become a Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of worldwide Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership.

You will get exclusive benefits as an MCT including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. In addition, you will be able to use Microsoft readiness resources to help you enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online community forum. You will also receive invitations to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.

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.

The Microsoft Certified Trainer program is an annual membership program. You must meet program requirements, complete an online application, and pay an annual fee 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.

MCT Program Benefits

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you will gain access to a personalized dashboard, where you can find a wide variety of useful MCT resources, download your MCT certificate, and view discounts available to you!

In addition, you will have access to MCT Central, which helps MCTs stay up to date on the latest news, find a job, connect with other MCTs around the world, or reach out to your MCT Regional Lead.

Explore all the benefits available to MCTs.

Requirements

The MCT program is for educators around the world who actively deliver training on Microsoft technologies. If you possess a qualifying certification 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)
      • Fourth Dimension Technologies, Inc.
      • 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. Learn more about retiring certifications.

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.

Note Please log in with your MSA to access the MCT enrollment tool.

If you are a Microsoft Office Specialist and do not have a Microsoft Certification ID (MCID), 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:

  • Exam discount to help keep your 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 described in the Requirements section of this page. 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 In addition to the program fee, Microsoft charges any applicable taxes for your country/region.

Updated: May, 2019

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.