XtremeLabs features another MCT panelist for the upcoming MCT Community Insights Webinar scheduled to run tomorrow.
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Time: 12:00PM US EST
Location: Microsoft Teams (Virtual)
Usman Lodhi is a Microsoft Certified Trainer Regional Lead Pakistan. He started his career in 2012 with MCITP 2008 certification and currently holds over 20 Certifications including Microsoft Certified Technology Associate, Microsoft Certified IT professional, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Microsoft 365 Certified Teams administrator Associate, Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate, Microsoft 365 Certified Modern Desktop Administrator Associate, Microsoft Certified Security Operations Analyst Associate, Microsoft Certified Identity and Access Administrator Associate, Microsoft Certified information Administrator Associate. He has guided more than 200 candidates to become Microsoft Certified in different areas. He has organized MCT Virtual summits in Pakistan 2020 and 2021. In addition to Microsoft certifications, he also holds the Cisco Certified Intranetwork expert (CCIE) certification.
- What inspired you to become an MCT?
I have joined Microsoft Academy in 2011 to learn as a student of MCITP class. During the learning process, I have found my teacher was a very cooperative person, I loved his way of teaching which inspired me a lot and I decided to be a part of the Microsoft Learn community. I love to learn and teach new technologies and my senior MCT was my inspiration to become MCT.
- How did you plan and prepare when you first became an MCT?
I completed my MCITP 2008 and MCSE 2012 certifications and started working with a training company. Through my experience with this company, I received enough knowledge and gaudiness to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer. It took me one year to become an MCT after completing my certification path.
- Why are MCTs are important? What do they add to the training world?
Microsoft certified trainers are important because MCTs are more empowered than other trainers. Microsoft gives them resources and almost everything they need to deliver successful training courses.
- What are your thoughts about the future of training?
COVID-19 changed the thoughts of training and now the world realized that without IT we cannot survive. Now every company needs cloud professionals and in the future cloud training will be most important. Almost 70% to 80% of training will shift to virtual labs and virtual classrooms.
- Do you have any advice for new MCTs or trainers who are interested in becoming MCTs?
Hard work is key to success. Learn more and train more people to empower your community. Being an MCT, one can have program benefits that can be utilized during training which a common trainer cannot reap. I would request them to engage with their students and other MCTs to share their knowledge and experience for the sustainability of the MCT community.