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    Just become a Microsoft IT Academy

    My company has just bought into this, to allow our delegates and apprentices to use Microsoft training materials and the likes, (and soon to become a testing centre) just wondering if anyone else has done this as well?

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    Nope but if you do testing do you do discount for edugeek members

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    We did this, great benefits for our school.

    All the kids leave at age 13 with the Microsoft digital Literacy Cert (equivalent to GCSE in ICT grade D according to edexcel).

    Myself and Ashman91 become microsoft certified trainers (to train the digital literacy course) as well as a discount on some exams (MOS etc). All of our staff also took the digital literacy stuff and is now actually a prerequisite to getting a laptop in our place.

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    Unfortunately all test centres have to charge the same, is part of the agreement with the provider, basically so you can do you test anywhere in the country and have the same experience.

    You do get tea and biscuits and a chat with me though

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    We did this, great benefits for our school.

    All the kids leave at age 13 with the Microsoft digital Literacy Cert (equivalent to GCSE in ICT grade D according to edexcel).

    Myself and Ashman91 become microsoft certified trainers (to train the digital literacy course) as well as a discount on some exams (MOS etc). All of our staff also took the digital literacy stuff and is now actually a prerequisite to getting a laptop in our place.
    Awesome, that is a man with a plan!

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    if you are employed by the establishment that becomes an MS academy, you get 15% off your exams, but you have to have proof of employment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    if you are employed by the establishment that becomes an MS academy, you get 15% off your exams, but you have to have proof of employment.
    hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... I didn't know that! Cheers nephilim very useful info!"

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    You are most welcome...we signed up using prodigy learning (Certiport) 2 years ago, and that was part of our agreement, the academy down the road from us also has the same agreement and they signed up with Prometric in August 2010

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    We spoke to Prodigy, but ended up going direct through the website. We looking for certification partnership so that we can deliver technical MS certificates (MCITPs and the likes) for our apprentices, I don't think Certipoint does that, and our SMT had an issue with prometric's agreement.

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    If you are direct then you should speak with MS. They may do the same thing or it may be a sales thing by Certiport and Prometric (as it continues for the life of the academy).

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    I'll check that out when i'm back in the office!

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    Those running the test centres don't the staff running it have to have no ms quals?

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    Sorry to pain you with this question but what is a Microsoft IT Academy and what benefits for staff, students etc...

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    Being an MS Acad allows you to teach the MS curriculums available up to MCITP (if you had a so qualified person at your establishment) and generates revenue based on courses you offer and how much you offer it for.

    Also with the advanced membership you get MSDNAA subscription which allows pupils and staff to have various softwares that MS offer, and they can have it for free.

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    Very interesting topic.

    How did you all go about becoming a MS IT Academy? what kind of requirements are there?

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