Microsoft Training. Recommendations?
As background: like most people I suspect I'm awful about (a) getting professional training and (b) getting certification. I dislike training because I'm not the most social person in the world, and far too much of it involves breaks and lunches where you have to make small talk with people you're never going to see again. As for certification, typically it's not included in the package, so it's easy to let it slip and then not bother (I did a self financed MCSA in 2006, and then stupidly ended up not bothering with the exams).
I've contacted Firebrand, mostly because they come up a lot on Google, and they offer "high intensity" training where you're in residence (and purportedly do 12 hour days), followed by certification. That's great, because it makes it a lot more difficult to avoid the exam, but their courses inevitably are expensive.
1. Has anyone used Firebrand and/or have any other recommendations?
2. Has anyone tried any other form of training? e.g. on-site training. I tend to train much better with 1-on-1 training. More expensive of course, but I get more done. The ideal would be on-site training with a paid for exam at the end, with coaching on the exam, if such a thing exists?
Interested to hear any relevant thoughts.