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I have been thinking about getting the MCT credential for about five years.  During the MVP Summit I attended a session titled "So, you want to be an MCT".  They convinced me that this might be a good idea, and I began looking at the requirments. One of the requirments is showing that you have training skills. This can be met in several ways one of which is getting the CTT+ certification first.

This week I attended a CTT+ bootcamp. This is the first time I have ever attended a bootcamp course. I didn't realize that, except for eating and sleeping, you spend every moment in class or doing homework. It was a pretty intense week.

The class was a great experience. The instructor was extremely confident that we would all pass the computer based test taken at the end (we all passed) and that our video submissions would also pass. He gave us lots of coaching and said he would work with us till midnight last night if that is what it took. Luckily, we were all done with the videos five minutes before time to take the computer based test.

There were 7 students in the class and we all became friends by lunch the first day. It was great because one really needs the cooperation of the other students to get the videos made. We were all students in each other's videos.

Not only am I sure that I will soon be an MCT, I learned a lot about how to be a better trainer. Just like being competent in SQL Server or .Net, training is another discipline that I will continue to learn about and constantly improve my skills. So, once again I find out that the more I know, the more I need to learn.   

Advice from Aunt Kathi

Kathi Kellenberger is a Sr. Consultant with Pragmatic Works. She is an author, speaker and trainer.


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