August 3, 2011 by Rakesh Boraiah
Many classroom training sessions for Microsoft Certified Professional exams take place over five or more days at lavish (read: expensive) locations. Most have well-stocked labs, well-qualified instructors and catered lunches, but they often cost as much as $1,000 a day.
Fortunately, there are alternate Microsoft training outlets that cost far less and typically offer exactly the same training materials. You may have to skip the catered lunch and spread your course out over several weeks or months, but you will reduce your training costs by 80% or more.
Other educational outlets offer Microsoft training and certification preparation. Some may be right in your own backyard, and some may come from special events and offers from Microsoft. Let’s look at your options.
Microsoft training at local community colleges
Community colleges all over North America routinely offer Microsoft training courses based on Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) materials, and they’re typically very affordable. For example, at my local community college in Austin, Texas, these courses usually cost between $750 and $875.