Microsoft Virtual Academy (often referred to as MVA) offers free, online Microsoft training to everyone. The training covers most Microsoft technologies including – Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server and Visual Studio. The online courses are created by industry experts and cover foundational information on the above mentioned technologies.
Our company, Certification Camps does not look at Microsoft Virtual Academy as a competitor – rather as a partner in preparing students for the certification boot camp experience. Students often want to make sure they are qualified to sit our Certification Camps Boot Camps. When someone is not completely confident they meet the prerequisites – we direct them to Microsoft Virtual Academy.
MVA is a great website to build foundational knowledge – however – in no way does it cover the depth of information offered by the Microsoft Official Courseware we use at Certification Camps. Further – just like any other online learning – the interaction with a live trainer is very limited. While they offer blogs – this is a dialog of individuals with varying skillsets offering their thoughts and advice.
The advantage of instructor led live training at Certification Camps is the interaction. Anyone can point at a Power Point Slide – anyone can recite what they read from a book. Our Microsoft Certified Trainers are industry experts who have worked hands for other companies implementing what they teach. Certification Camps has no fulltime “career” trainers. We exclusively use contractors who balance training and consulting.
The Microsoft Virtual Academy is a tremendous resource for building a foundation before you make any financial investment with other training solutions. MVA gives students an opportunity to evaluate technologies and the amount of work involved before spending money.
Expectation is key when taking courses with MVA. Do not expect to finish courses as an expert, ready to implement technology in the field. MVA is a starting point and a barometer to gauge your decisions.
When you are ready for intense, fast paced, focused Microsoft Learning – look no further than Certification Camps http://www.certificationcamps.com You were Born To Learn!