Microsoft Certified Trainer

Become a Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies.

When you join this esteemed group of worldwide Microsoft training professionals, you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. You’ll have access to Microsoft readiness resources to help enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online forum. You’ll also be invited to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.

To become a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you’ll need to earn an approved Microsoft Certification validating your experience and knowledge for each course you deliver.

The Microsoft Certified Trainer program is an annual membership program. You must meet program requirements, complete an online application, and pay an annual fee to renew your training certification for the coming year.

Program benefits

You’ll also have access to MCT Central, which helps MCTs stay up-to-date on the latest news, find jobs, connect with other MCTs around the world, and reach out to your MCT Regional Lead.

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Who can become an MCT?

The MCT program is for educators around the world who deliver training on Microsoft technologies. If you have a qualifying certification and are passionate about training others on Microsoft technologies, you’ll be a great MCT.

For detailed information regarding MCT program requirements, review the MCT Program Guide and MCT Program Agreement in the Application process section of this page.

MCT program entry requirements


  1. Some Instructional Skills Certification programs are not available globally, review the options above and contact instructional skills providers directly for any inquiries regarding course schedules and offerings.
  2. To renew your MCT status, you must meet the MCT program renewal requirements by your anniversary date. (Renewal requirements are subject to change.)

Are you interested in being an Instructional Skills Provider?

If you’re interested in becoming Instructional Skills Provider, we’d love to have you! Please review the requirements and certification criteria for terms of membership.

MCT Application process

If you’re interested in becoming an MCT, we’d love to have you. Please review the MCT program guide and the MCT Program Agreement for terms of membership.

The online application is available in the MCT enrollment tool. You’ll log in to the MCT enrollment tool with your personal Microsoft account associated with your Microsoft Certification ID (MCID).

Use the MCT enrollment tool to:

  • Review the MCT program requirements and sign the MCT Program Guide and Agreement. Your electronic signature validates your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of the MCT Agreement.
  • Update your profile information for MCT communications.
  • Specify your employment status. If you’re employed by a Learning Partner you’ll need your employer's Learning Partner ID number.
  • Select a payment method. Program fees vary depending on your country/region and employment status. To find the MCT and MCT Alumni membership fees for your country/region, use the lookup tool at the end of the page.

If you’re a Microsoft Office Specialist and don’t have a Microsoft Certification ID (MCID), you can get one by contacting

Requirements to renew MCT status

Current eligible Microsoft Certifications and qualifications for the MCT program

Microsoft Certifications

Note: Microsoft Certifications and qualifications eligible for the MCT program are subject to change. All new role-based certification will become eligible for the MCT Program once released. Retired certifications will be eligible for the MCT program up to 6 months following the retirement date. To learn more about retiring certifications, visit: Certification retirement.

MCT Alumni program

For more than two decades, MCTs have been at the forefront of Microsoft technology training and adoption. In recognition of their significant contributions, we offer the MCT Alumni program. This program is for all MCTs in good standing with Microsoft who no longer train as part of the MCT program but wish to maintain their relationship with the MCT community.

Requirements for the MCT Alumni program:

  • Current or prior participation in the MCT program
  • In good standing with Microsoft

Program fees vary by country/region and employment status. To find the MCT and MCT Alumni membership fees for your country/region, use the lookup tool at the end of the page.

MCT Alumni benefits

As an MCT Alumni member, you have exclusive access to MCT Alumni content and MCT Central, where you can find news, events, and a wide variety of resources tailored for MCT Alumni and MCT Community engagement.

MCT Alumni benefits include:

  • A discount on exams to help keep your certifications current and facilitate re-entry into the MCT program.
  • Access to discounts on e-books and books that provide reference resources for exam preparation and professional development.

Apply to join the MCT Alumni program

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the MCT Alumni, please review the MCT Alumni Program Agreement to understand the terms of membership.

Apply online

Apply for MCT Alumni membership through the MCT enrollment tool.

Rejoining MCT

MCT Alumni are welcome to rejoin the MCT program when they return to active training.

To return as an MCT:

  • Be sure that you meet the MCT program requirements described in the Requirements section of this page. Check your transcript against the current Microsoft Certifications and qualifications eligible for the MCT program.
  • Apply for entry to the MCT program. MCT Alumni can follow the instructions for MCT program entry.

MCT and MCT Alumni program fees

Visit: Annual MCT program fees and introductory MCT Alumni fees for your country/region

MCT support

For assistance with your MCT application, payment, benefits, or if you have a general question about the MCT program, find support in our moderated forum for MCTs. For detailed information, visit: Certification support.