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  1. MCT Monthly Newsletter - October 2019

    Global IT skills and salary survey now open

    Calling all professionals who have earned a Microsoft Role-based certification! Researchers want to know how your Microsoft Certification has impacted your career.

    Global Knowledge has opened its “2020 IT Skills and Salary Survey,” the largest of its kind in the industry, and if you’ve taken Microsoft training or earned a Microsoft Fundamentals or Role-based certification, you’re invited to participate. All contributions are confidential and will offer insight into industry salaries, in-demand certifications, skill gaps, and the existing career landscape. Survey results help to generate an annual report used by industry insiders, hiring managers, and IT professionals. It takes about 12 to 18 minutes to complete the survey. Participants receive first access to the report, which will be ready in the spring of 2020. Take the survey, and invite your IT communities to take it, as well, before it closes on November 8, 2019.

    Program announcements 

    Thank you for attending the September MCT Town Hall 

    For those of you who attended the September MCT Town Hall, thank you! If you weren’t able to call in, check out the recording on MCT Central. We have a busy autumn, with many activities leading up to Microsoft Ignite, so our next Town Hall will be in January 2020. Stay tuned for the date, and plan to join one of the sessions to learn about updates for the new year.

    Microsoft Ignite The Tour: Call for content still open

    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 the community call for content. Deadlines are rolling and depend on the tour stop. Share your expertise with the community. For details and to get involved, visit MCT Central.

    Certifications and exams

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we released the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word Expert live exam, several localized exams, and three new Microsoft Official Practice Tests. Check them out! (Release dates are in parentheses.)

    New live exam (English)

    MO-101: MOS Word Expert (September 26, 2019)

    New localized exams (Japanese, Chinese [Simplified], and Korean)

    AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution (September 18, 2019)

    AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies (September 18, 2019)

    DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure (September 18, 2019)

    DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution (September 20, 2019)

    DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution (September 23, 2019)

    New Microsoft Official Practice Tests

    MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security (August 20, 2019)

    MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (September 23, 2019)

    MB-900: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (September 23, 2019)

    Get a retake on certification exams 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). Students can enjoy peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams with Exam Replay, available now.

    Learn more about Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics)

    October 2019 lab update for Learning Partners and MCTs

    We’ll run this article monthly and update it as necessary, addressing questions about lab hosting and whether it’s needed for specific courses. We’ll also discuss what’s happening as we move to a new system for providing Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 tenants. Plus, this month, we updated the handy lab hosting reference table. Read the full article.

    Courseware retirements update

    Microsoft Learning is taking a refreshed look at our courseware curriculum offerings to determine which courses should be retired as a result of low or no volume. Find out which courses are slated for retirement. Read the full article.

    Courseware updates

    We have several courseware update topics to share this month:

    • Courses extended in market
    • Lab steps for select Microsoft Dynamics courses represented on GitHub
    • Dynamics courses to be renamed to reflect updated exam names
    • Release updates

    Read the full article.

    Train the Trainer video series: Data & AI 

    Watch the Train the Trainer (TTT) video series, and get ready to deliver the new Microsoft Azure Data & AI curriculum. The Microsoft Content Development team takes a deep dive into the course curriculum, helps you to prepare to teach the course, and recommends tips and tricks to optimize your training session. The first in the TTT video series focuses on Azure Data Engineer (DP-200 and DP-201) and is available now on the Learning Download Center. Watch the videos, and then send us your review via our Train the Trainer feedback form. Join us on October 8, 2019, as the Content Development team hosts a live Q&A session to discuss the Azure Data Engineer courseware and TTT series. For meeting invites, check MCT Central.

    Events

    Build your schedule for Microsoft Ignite

    We hope you registered for Microsoft Ignite, because we’re sold out! The conference offers innovative ways to build solutions and to migrate and manage your infrastructure, along with opportunities to connect with the experts, plus hands-on experiences in security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development. With so much going on, it’s never too soon to start planning your conference week. Use the event schedule builder to add keynotes and sessions to your schedule. Be sure to add exam prep sessions and even set up a free certification exam onsite. Seats are limited, though, so sign up right away. And plan to stop by our booth in the Microsoft Learn area, or come relax at the exclusive Certification Lounge—a new experience at Microsoft Ignite.

    Reminder: MCT Day at Ignite

    Will you be in Orlando for Microsoft Ignite this November? If so, plan to join us for MCT Day on November 2, 2019, from 11 AM to 6 PM, at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management. (You must be an active MCT to attend the daytime event.) Make sure to stay for the evening social, “Howl at the Moon—The Sequel,” which immediately follows the daytime event and runs until 11 PM. Tickets are $15, and the price covers both the daytime event and the evening social. We can’t wait to see you there. Register today for MCT Day at Ignite!

    Train the Trainer events

    The MCT community, along with Microsoft, is organizing a series of MCT readiness events focused on Azure platform technologies.

    Two separate events have been scheduled to help MCTs get up to speed with the Azure courseware, gain insights on delivery tips, and dive deep into the latest Microsoft Official Courseware and exams prepared by MCTs for MCTs. Read the full article.

  2. Microsoft Learn: Learn how and when you want
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  3. MCT Monthly Newsletter - September 2019

    Program announcements

    Regional lead applications now open

    The Regional Lead Program includes a select group of Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) who help Microsoft Learning to reach the broader community. We are looking for MCTs who are actively involved in the community and who represent a diverse perspective across regions, audience types, specialty areas, and employment. Regional leads attend regular calls with Microsoft, participate in MCT Central forums, and help plan MCT-related events and activities. The two-year commitment begins January 1, 2020.

    Sound like a good fit? Get your application in soon, because the window to apply closes on September 30, 2019, at 12:59 PM PDT. All applicants will be notified no later than November 30, 2019. Apply today!

    Microsoft Ignite Call for Staff opens September 6

    We are excited to announce that the Microsoft Ignite Call for Staff opens September 6, 2019. MCTs can choose from a variety of opportunities this year, including staffing the Microsoft Learn area, proctoring labs, and delivering technical workshops. Get more information on MCT Central

    Certifications and exams

    FY20 Q1 MCT 75% exam discount ends soon 

    The 75% exam discount offer is available for MCTs and MCT alumni on select exams, but it ends soon. Exams must be taken by September 30, 2019, so don’t delay. Interested? Get the details on the FY20 Q1 exam discount. 

       

    Exam News Roundup:

    This month, We released one new Microsoft Official Practice Test: 

    Microsoft Official Practice Test

    MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services 

    Reminder: SharePoint and Exchange transition exams retire this month

    As Liberty Munson discusses in her 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. If they have already passed exam 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 or exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, they should consider taking the corresponding transition exam—but they should do so soon, since these exams retire on September 30, 2019. Find out more about transition exams.

      

    Exam Replay offers your students a professional edge

    When your students pass their Microsoft Certification exams, they validate their skills and prove that they can keep pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. And employers are looking for skilled people who can successfully rise to the challenges of today’s jobs. To give your students a professional edge, Exam Replay (available now) provides a retake on certification exams. Students also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). Get more details on Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics) 

    Watch the Train the Trainer pilot: Azure Data Engineer

    To help prepare MCTs to deliver the new Microsoft Azure Data & AI curriculum, we are launching a Train the Trainer (TTT) video series. In these videos, the Microsoft Content Development team does a deep dive into the course curriculum, provides guidance on how best to prepare to teach the course, and recommends delivery tips and tricks. The first TTT video series focuses on Azure Data Engineer (DP-200 and DP-201) and is available now on the Learning Download Center. Watch the videos as part of your readiness activities, and send us your review on our Train the Trainer feedback form. The Content Development team will host a live Q&A session in early October to discuss the Azure Data Engineer courseware and TTT series. Stay tuned for more details. 

    Lab update for Learning Partners and MCTs

    In this lab update, we address questions about lab hosting and whether it’s needed for specific courses. We also discuss what’s happening as we move to a new system for providing Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Dynamics 365 tenants. Plus, we introduce new Authorized Lab Hosters (ALHs) that we’re onboarding. We’ve added a handy lab hosting reference table, which we’ll keep updated and include in future newsletters. Read the full article.

    Courseware update

    As an update to last month’s announcements on the MCT Courseware Forum on MCT Central:

    • Courses DP-060T00 and DP-070T00 are temporarily unavailable.
    • Microsoft Dynamics 365 tenants are currently unavailable for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations courses.

    Read the full article.

    Events

    MCT Town Hall: Two options on September 26 

    For those of you who attended the July Town Hall, thank you! But don’t worry if you weren’t able to call in—you can still find the recording on MCT Central. Be sure to join us for the next Town Hall, where we'll share MCT program updates, along with information on certification, training, and more. To join, get the link from MCT Central for one of the following options: 

    • Option 1: September 26, 2019, 0900 PDT (1600 UTC) 
    • Option 2: September 26, 2019, 1500 PDT (2200 UTC)  

    Reminder: European MCT Summit: September 18–21, 2019 

    We hope to see you at the European MCT Summit 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. It should be an exciting event! From September 18–21, 2019, we’ll hear from top international speakers, like Peter De Tender, Tiago Costa, Charley Hanania, and many others. Get the details on this year’s European MCT Summit, and register today!

    Register now for Microsoft Ignite

    Join us November 4–8, 2019, at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando, Florida, and learn innovative ways to build solutions and to migrate and manage your infrastructure. Don’t forget to stop by our booth in the Community Zone, attend a certification prep session, or take a certification exam onsite. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, visit the Microsoft Ignite registration page, and get signed up for the conference. 

    Can’t make it to Orlando? Engage with us at one of 30 cities where we’ll be hosting two-day Microsoft Ignite The Tour events. 

    Reminder: Save the date for MCT Day @Ignite 2019 

    MCT Day @Ignite is rapidly approaching, and we can’t wait! If you’re an MCT who’s attending Ignite 2019, in Orlando, Florida, we hope you can join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We’ll have more details soon, but in the meantime, save the date. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!  

    Microsoft Press/books

    Fall into learning with Microsoft Press

    Now through September 15, 2019, save 50% when you buy at least two books or e-books from Microsoft Press in the same transaction. Explore new and recommended titles, including Modernizing the Datacenter with Windows Server and Hybrid Cloud, Exam Ref MD-100 Windows 10, and more. All book orders in the United States receive free ground shipping. E-books are delivered in three formats—EPUB, PDF, and MOBI—to read on your preferred device. To receive your discount, use code FALL2019 during checkout. Visit the Microsoft Press Store soon!

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