It’s been a few days shy of two months since I got my MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development, I passed the 70-51. As a result, I’m now a MCITP: Database developer. I’ve been pushing pretty hard to get this one out of the way so I can begin my training for the administrator track. It feels great to have my first major milestone behind me.
But it also opens up a whole new set of possibilities to me.
A good friend of mine sat me down and asked me point blank, “Have you considered the Microsoft Certified Trainer program?”
I’ll be honest, I love teaching small groups. I think I’d enjoy teaching in a more standard environment too. After our conversation, I hit the Microsoft website to get more information on the trainer program.
Wow, the marketing picture of a trainer is even wearing my power blue shirt. Maybe this is for me.
By passing my MCITP, I’ve met the first requirement.
Looks like the next item on the list will be to demonstrate my instructional presentation skills. There are four ways to do that. The one that fits my schedule best would be to Attend and pass a presentation skills course. After a bit of digging, I found such a course is being offered in Columbia in July.
That would leave me with one final requirement. I must deliver at least one Microsoft Course within the first year as an MCT. I’ve been wanting to give back to the community more. I’d like to offer database technologies courses at the community college near me. I’m going to invest some time in seeing if this idea would meet the MCT requirements as well as fit in with the college’s plans for their future IT offerings.
This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the MCM track I set out to reach this year. This only means I’ve found an additional goal along the way. One I didn’t fully realize was there until I stopped and did some research. But now that I know it’s there. It’s one I think could help me do even more good in the community.
I could help others break into SQL, and those who are already in SQL make it to the next level.
That’s what I want.
In the next few weeks I’m going to build more blog posts to help you get ready for your exam. Mostly I’ll spin you some scenarios you’ll face in the real world, and you have to choose how to solve those solutions using SQL. Not exactly questions and answers to memorize, but you can see what knowledge you’d need in order to pass.
If I can help you in any other way with your certifications, or simply learning SQL, just let me know what I can do to help!