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Microsoft training spotlight: MCLC certification

Craig Friesen, July 13, 2007

The widespread use of Microsoft tools leads many employers to seek training from qualified instructors. If you're already a trainer in Microsoft products, then becoming a Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant (MCLC) can position you to help these employers and build a career as a consultant.

What Is MCLC Certification?

MCLC certification is intended for instructors who not only provide instruction, but offer consultation and guidance to their corporate customers regarding training plans. The provision of service to the customer is viewed in 4 stages:
  • Assessment--In this phase you confer with the client to determine their expectations and limitations, and you'll assess the skills base of the people involved.
  • Design--This portion of the process is when you lay out your plan to provide the instruction using the diverse training methods at your disposal.
  • Development--This stage involves the implementation and execution of the approved design.
  • Evaluation--This is an ongoing component which consists of receiving feedback on the effectiveness of the plan.

How Do I Get My MCLC Certification?

In order for your application for MCLC certification to be considered, you must possess one of the Microsoft Certified Professional certifications. You also need to be able to prove your instructional skills. This can be done by achieving one of the following requirements:
  • Hold your CTT+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Successfully complete a train-the-trainer course provided by one of the Microsoft approved training providers.
  • Prove you hold an instructor certification with Cisco Systems, Citrix, or Novell.
  • Be able to demonstrate that you are employed as a trainer with an accredited school.
Once you have satisfied these requirements, you can apply for your MCLC certification. With this certification in hand, you can broaden your career possibilities.

Sources
Microsof.com: "MCLC Certification"

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