20 Years as a Microsoft Certified Trainer

This year, on 25 April 2018 I am celebrating 20 years as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

My journey with Microsoft certifications started actually on 09 Feb 1998 when I passed my first MCP exam:

  • 70-067 Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0

Then I passed the following exams:

  • 70-073 Implementing and Supporting NT 4.0 Workstation
  • 70-058 Networking Essentials
  • 70-059 Internetworking with Microsoft TCP/IP on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

and obtained MCSE on Windows NT 4.0

At that time Microsoft had the requirement that a candidate trainer must attend a course to obtain the MCT certification. The first Microsoft course I ever attended was actually 688 Internetworking with Microsoft TCP/IP on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. I enjoyed it very much, I still have at home the manual for this course. I think it was one of the best courses Microsoft ever made.

One of the next exams which I passed was 70-081 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, and then I delivered the first Exchange 5.5 courses in Romania. I still recall doing the manual setup for these courses, which involved installing some 12 Exchange Servers on physical classroom computers (no virtualization at that time).

Since then, I have delivered courses for Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008, 2012) and also expanded to other Microsoft infrastructure technologies like Exchange, SharePoint, SMS/SCCM, MOM/SCOM, Hyper-V, SCVMM, Private Cloud, PowerShell, to mention just a few.

20 years later, I still enjoy teaching, being in front of the classroom and telling technology stories to the attendees.

I am hoping I will do the same for the next 20 years.

Later edit: I also got my anniversary 20 years MCT jacket. Thank you, Microsoft Learning!

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