In Part 4 I looked at combining VET and university teaching. However, before considering any new qualifications, what industry certifications are there? There are Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) to specifically teach about Microsoft products. These trainers need to have a Microsoft Certification in a subject area, plus "one year of instructional experience", and an instructional skills certification.
The Microsoft MCT site is useful in that it provides a list of IT related instructional skills certifications:
- CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+)
- IAMCT Approved Technical Trainer (IAMCT ATT)
- Microsoft Certified Trainer Instructional Skills Certification (MCT-ISC)
- IPM (Institut für Personalberatung und Managemententwicklung)
- New Horizons Instructional Skills Certification
- Netcom Learning Instructional Skills Certification
- Global Knowledge Instructional Skills Certification
- Learning and Performance Institute Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment (TPMA)
- CEGOS Group
- PrepMasters USA
- Marcom Deli
- Sinerji Egitim
CTT+ distinguishes between virtual and classroom based training. IAMCT ATT requires a three day face-to-face course. The Netcom Learning CompTIA CTT+ Certification requires a 5 day (40 hour) course. This suggests that the MCT could be compared to a form of Australian VET certificate.