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  1. Microsoft Professional Program is retiring. Explore our new role-based training and certifications.
    Three years ago, we launched the Microsoft Professional Program with one mission: to help you build the technical skills you need to succeed in emerging jobs. Since then, we’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve applied your new skil...(read more)
  2. Microsoft Learning: Your path to success
    Opportunities await in the tech world. Are you prepared to seize them? With the rapid expansion of data and advancement of technology across industries, there’s a growing demand for te...(read more)
  3. MCT Monthly Newsletter - August 2019

    Announcing the MCT Store

    On July 8, 2019, we launched the MCT Store, the new one-stop shop for ordering Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and MCT Alumni Welcome Kits and anniversary awards. If you have previously ordered an MCT Welcome Kit or anniversary award but haven’t received it, sign in to the MCT Store and reorder your merchandise. You can also visit the MCT Store to check your order status or initiate a return. If you have a question about MCT merchandise, the MCT Store ordering process, the status of an existing order, or signing in to the MCT Store, contact MCT Store Support or call them at 888-802-8219.

    During the next few months, we’ll be adding merchandise and opportunities for you to purchase MCT swag. Stay tuned!

    If you have questions about your MCT enrollment, application status, or membership payment status, please open a case on MCT Support.

    Guide to Microsoft Learning

    Need to get up to speed on our comprehensive collection of training options and role-based certifications? Check out our guide to Microsoft Learning assets, which includes lots of helpful details, links, and more. Discover what’s available to help your technical professional customers advance their skills and prepare for Microsoft role-based certification exams.

    Program announcements

    Ignite 2019: Call for MCT Speakers closes August 4

    Time is running out to submit applications for the Microsoft Ignite 2019 Community Call for Content, which closes on August 4, 2019. If you’re an MCT who wants to submit an application to speak at Microsoft Ignite 2019, visit MCT Central to learn more about the speaking opportunities, learning paths, and content, and then complete your submission. We look forward to bringing the best experience and engagement to our customers around the world!

    Reminder: FY20 Q1 MCT 75% exam discount  Don’t forget to take advantage of the current FY20 Q1 MCT 75% Exam Discount Offer, available on select role-based certification exams. This offer is valid only from July 1, 2019, until September 30, 2019, for MCTs and MCT Alumni worldwide. Discounted exams must be taken by September 30, 2019. Learn more about the FY20 Q1 exam discount. 

    Microsoft Ignite the Tour: Call for MCT speakers

    Join us, as we head out on a 30-city tour to bring Microsoft Ignite on the road, sharing the very latest in cloud technologies and developer tools. MCTs are invited to participate in several different ways, including speaking, community call for content, staffing, and more. For details and to get involved, visit MCT Central.

    Certifications and exams

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we focused on one new Microsoft Official Practice Test and on localized Azure exams in Japanese, simplified Chinese, and Korean rather than on beta exams or live exams. Check them out!

    Microsoft Official Practice Test

    AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

    New localized Azure exams

    AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

    AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

    AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

    AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

    AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

    AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

    Microsoft Learning Community Blog Roundup

    Don’t miss Liberty Munson’s new blog post that includes a handy table, mapping 70-xxx exams to the new role-based exams and certifications. If your students have passed one of the 70-xxx exams, are considering taking one of them, or have experience in the technology that one of them covers, they should be sure to review the table. It can point them to the latest certifications to help prove that their skills are up to date and cloud based.

    In another blog post, Help us create exams and learning content! Join our SME Database today!, Liberty explores the benefits of SME Database membership. If your students aren’t members of the SME Database (or even if they are!), they can check out the blog post and get the details.

    Check out the latest retirement news in our Exam and certification retirement roundup, July 2019.

    SharePoint and Exchange transition exams retire next month

    Have your students already passed SharePoint exam 70-339 or Exchange Server exam 70-345? If so, find out why they should take a transition exam (before these exams retire on September 30, 2019). Get all the details in Liberty Munson’s blog post on certification transition exams. Your students can save time and money as they prove their skills and upgrade to a new, role-based certification.

    Your students can enjoy peace of mind with Exam Replay

    Employers need skilled people who can successfully rise to the challenges of today’s jobs. To meet this demand, we offer certifications designed to help your students validate their skills and prove that they are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. To give them an extra boost, Exam Replay provides a retake on certification exams. They also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). Your students can enjoy peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams with Exam Replay, available now. Share this great offer with your communities. Learn more at aka.ms/ExamReplay.

    Events

    European MCT Summit: September 18–21, 2019

    We’re happy to announce that the European MCT Summit 2019 will take place from September 18 to September 21 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Expect an exciting presentation program with top international speakers, like Peter De Tender, Tiago Costa, Charley Hanania, and many others. Get the details and register, and follow all the European MCT Summit 2019 news.

    Reminder: Save the date for MCT Day @Ignite 2019  We can’t wait for MCT Day @Ignite on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. If you’re attending Ignite 2019, make sure to save the date. We’ll keep you posted on the details, and more information will be available later this summer. Hope to see you there! 

    Microsoft Press/books

    Save 40% on The Definitive Guide to DAX, Second Edition

    Now expanded and updated with modern best practices, The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Power BI, Second Edition is the most complete guide to the Microsoft DAX language for business intelligence (BI), data modeling, and analytics. Expert Microsoft BI consultants Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari help you master everything from table functions through advanced code and model optimization. Learn exactly what happens under the hood when you run a DAX expression, and use this knowledge to write fast, robust code. To receive your discount, use code DAX during checkout. Offer ends August 31, 2019. 

  4. Exam and Certification Retirement Roundup, July 2019
    To ensure that the Microsoft Certified Professional Program stays current, Microsoft Learning continually monitors trends and then revises exams and certification requirements to keep pace with changes in technology and business needs. Our goal is to...(read more)
  5. Help Us Create Exams and Learning Content! Join Our SME Database Today!

    Microsoft needs your help creating our learning and exam content. To facilitate this, we’ve created the SME Profile database where you can provide us with information about your skills and abilities. With the SME Profile database program, we can connect with SMEs who are passionate about Microsoft's training and credentialing efforts. Through the program, participants can take part in exam and learning development activities such as courseware authoring, exam item writing, acting as technical reviewers, and participating in research. Perhaps the best benefit is getting special invites to participate in beta exams. SMEs in the database receive a special beta exam discount code that, while limited to a set number of seats, is only provided to that group. Being a member has its privileges.

    Here are the basic steps:

    1. The SME Profile database is hosted as an engagement under the Microsoft Collaborate developer program. Joining requires a Microsoft account and registration to the developer site, so you'll need to make sure you have an account.
    2. Join the Worldwide Learning SME Profile engagement on Microsoft Collaborate and complete your profile survey.

    That's it! OK, there are a few more steps required, but this is the basic gist. For step-by-step instructions (and lots of screen captures), download the attached PDF called Joining the SME Profile engagement on Microsoft Collaborate.

    Many people on Microsoft's Worldwide Learning team use the database to search for SMEs who can assist with content development—from creating courses to reviewing them to writing exam content to reviewing items and setting the passing score (really!)—and participating in research designed to define the direction we head as a learning organization. As an active participant in the SME Profile database program, you can have a say in what we teach, how we evaluate skills, and the future of our program. Not too shabby. But, I suspect that the reason you’ll join is because those in our SME database get a unique code to participate in beta exams (one that is not posted here), increasing the likelihood of getting a seat in that beta exam that you really want to take. Join today!