A blog series to help U.S. partners utilize the features of the Learning Plan Tool.

Is your team taking full advantage of the Microsoft Learning Plan Tool to meet its readiness goals? We asked Scott Scholz, Regional Enablement Director for the West Region, what partners who do rely on the tool find most valuable.

imageScott:  Partners who are leveraging the Learning Plan Tool report that they love the ability to create training plans based on the readiness needs of their organization or specific employees. Whether you need training by product/solution, competency, role, business skills or exam prep, the Learning Plan Tool is about customization. It allows you to create the right plan to improve skill sets and knowledge, and ultimately be more competitive in the marketplace.

The Learning Plan Tool brings together training courses from several sites (the Partner Learning Center, TechNet, MSDN, etc.) into one convenient location that lets you see your options and then take advantage of the most current training Microsoft offers. We continue to add new plans to the tool, and in fact, we added 93 new plans in the past quarter alone! Here are a few you may want to check out: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Private Cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010.

The business world is fast-paced and readiness budgets and time can be so limited for both organizations and their employees. Partners report that they have yet to find a more efficient and clear path to filling their readiness gaps and needs than with the Learning Plan Tool. Don’t get left behind!

Ready to create your own custom learning plan?

Go to the Learning Plan Tool at www.microsoftlearningplans.com, sign in with your Windows Live ID and follow the easy steps outlined below. The Learning Plan Tool covers primarily on-demand training. To see a schedule of live online and in-person offerings, visit the Training Hot Sheet.

Step 1: Search by category


Step 2: Select desired plans. Click View Events to see the courses included in a plan.


Step 3: Save as a new or existing plan


The Learning Plan Tool can serve as your training “home base.” Once you have saved plans to your profile you can return as often as you’d like to find and take more Microsoft training.