I got a lot of great feedback for the recent post I wrote about the Microsoft Certified Master Program, and not unsurprisingly there were some comments posted about the price.

Given the state of the world's economy, and knowing that costs for things like training are often one of the first things that get cut, we have listened to the feedback given, sharpened our pencils and have decided to offer a discount to fill the remaining seats we have in March (March 16th to April 4th) and May (May 4th to May 23rd). In uncertain economic times, having unrivalled skills won't do anyone any harm in the job market and if you read the comments following my last post, you will see no one there doubts this training is worth it.

So I'm posting the announcement below here first; the MCM Web site will go live with this announcement later this week, as it is likely the successful candidate in the Program is reading this blog. So if you want to do this, go sign up. Really, go sign up now. Half the seats in March are already filled. I want to fill the class, so I hope you take advantage of this offer.

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program now offers 30% limited time discount to get trained and certified! (Offer Expires on February 14th!)

Today, Microsoft provides additional support to its customers and partners by offering a limited time 30% discount (US$5,550) for the Microsoft Certified Master programs allowing to you to save on your training investment.

If you're a seasoned IT professional focused on the Microsoft platform, it's time to differentiate yourself from your peers while bringing further IT efficiency to your organization. The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) advanced training and certification programs have opened their classroom doors for candidates from around the world in Redmond, Washington, United States. The classes are designed for IT professionals with approximately 10 years of experience in the industry and focus on one of the following core Microsoft Server technologies: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 - Directory, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

A recent survey of program graduates reported increased productivity and billable rates for some certified individuals.

Apply now, and upon acceptance provide payment by February 14th, 2009, to save US$5,550 on the Microsoft Certified Master program of your choice (30% discount)!

Note: training classes in beta have a 50% discount which cannot be combined with this offer.

-- Greg Taylor