By now I’ve told you pretty much everything I know about the Microsoft Certified Master program, and I’m curious to hear your feedback. How would you change the SQL MCM program?
Most of the complaints I’ve heard have boiled down to:
- Cost – $20k for 3 weeks of training is a lot
- Time – three weeks in a row
- Location – it’s only available in Redmond right now, which makes it too expensive for people outside the US
So I ask you – how would you change it in a way that would make you get out your credit card right now and sign up? Don’t just say, “I’d make it cheaper” or “I’d make it shorter” or “I’d like to see Paul Randal in my cubicle.” Tell me exactly what the MCM program would look like for you, like this:
If the MCM program was 1 week per month for 3 months straight, and it cost $8,000, I’d sign up right now.
Careful – this is a trick question. I’ve asked it to a few people, and they’ve backtracked to the point where they’ve realized the MCM just isn’t designed for them. For example, if your boss isn’t willing to spend $3,000-$4,000 to send you to the PASS Summit for a week, then there’s pretty much no pricetag and time combination that will make the MCM work for you.
If you set the barriers too low, like if it costs $150 and people can study at home, then you just described the MCITP program. If the MCM program in any way resembled the MCITP program, it would lose all credibility. (Did I just say that out loud? Yep, I did.)
If you decide the MCM program isn’t for you, tell me what certification Microsoft could offer that you would sign up for.