Road To MCSE: Microsoft MCT Program Goes Into Underdrive Page 3

Thomas Shinder

Bottom Line: Caveat Emptor

Now, more than ever, when it comes to CTEC and MOC training, Let The Buyer Beware. The overwhelming majority of students do not ask who is going to teach a particular class. They depend on the reputation of the CTEC. However, if you want to avoid getting burned, you must now get more specific information about the instructor that's scheduled to teach your class. You need to get inquisitive.

Some questions you might ask:

  1. Have they implemented the technology in a business environment?
  2. Have they passed the certification exam associated with the class?
  3. Have the written any books, magazine or web articles related to the particular technology?
  4. Have they taught the class before? How many times?
  5. Do they have a web site that provides more information about them?
  6. Do they support the class material after the class is over, such as via email, newsgroup or web site?

The MOC courses are not cheap, and you have a right to get real value for your money. The chances are good that if you do not reconnoiter the joint before taking the class, you'll end up being taught by someone that's two pages ahead of you. That's not good. So, keep your eyes peeled and your head up, and get ready to ask those pointed questions if you don't want to be ripped off!

This article was originally published on Oct 30, 2000
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