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Black Belt Administrator Training

  • 1.  Black Belt Administrator Training

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 15, 2018 12:12 PM
    I'm curious if anyone has taken advantage of the Black Belt Administrator On-Demand training that is available through our membership. I'm considering it and was wondering if someone who has gone through it could give me a bit more details. For example, how detailed and indepth is the traning? How long are the individual sessions? How long is it available? Would you consider it a good value for the cost. Anything is helpful.

    Thank you!

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    Nanci Zehner
    Technical Support manager
    Xanatek, Inc.
    South Bend IN
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  • 2.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 16, 2018 09:06 AM
    Good morning Nanci!

    If you think about high school, undergraduate, and a masters program, Black Belt is a high school diploma. I took the course last September, and if I recall, you can complete the course over several days if that is all you do. I think I completed it in a couple of weeks. They have done a good job of breaking it up into sections that do not take a lot of time to complete. It is great at the basics, but it does not go real deep into the administration of CRM. Being new to CRM it was a helpful course for me to take.

    You have 30 days to complete the courses, but I wish once you pay for it you have it for as long as you are a member because it is a nice reference if you forget how to do something or just want some guidance.

    I hope this helped

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    Jill Miller
    Business Systems Analyst
    ICM Inc
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  • 3.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 17, 2018 08:44 AM
    Thank you for your response. I like the comparison of HS, undergrad and Masters. I'm definitely in High School with CRM. I think this course will be perfect for me as I manage my company's tech team. In my role, I need to know CRM enough to understand WHAT it can do but not necessarily the deep dive into HOW. I leave that to my Senior Techs who are much more adept at that than I am!

    Also, very good to know about the 30 day deadline before I start the training. I can plan a bit better for it.

    Thanks again!

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    Nanci Zehner
    Technical Support manager
    Xanatek, Inc.
    South Bend IN
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  • 4.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 16, 2018 09:53 AM
    I completed it in July, and really enjoyed it. I am new to Dynamics, but not to CRM systems, so I found the concepts it reviewed very familiar, though it was the first time I had seen some specific functions.

    I agree with the comparison to a high school diploma. The next step would be the Microsoft certification courses for me, and I am part of a moderation group that is reviewing MB-715 starting this Friday and running for 8-10 weeks. You can register and attend to study and prep for that exam along with us.

    What the Microsoft tests and the Black Belt have in common is that they are kind of the equivalent to a driver's test. You can know enough to pass the test, but it doesn't mean you're an expert. It means the real learning begins, but you can be expected to competently operate a motor vehicle.

    Is it worth it? It was to me - it gave me a tangible goal, with a hard deadline so I could stop putting it off. You have to do each of the 4 belts within 30 days in order to proceed to the next belt. As a warm fuzzy, the money goes back into the CRMUG community to help support the other great work we do. :)

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    Peter Gulka
    National Director, Information Solutions & Data Analytics
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
    Burlington ON
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  • 5.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 17, 2018 08:45 AM
    Thanks for your response, Peter. It's always good to get perspective from those who have gone through it. Sounds like it fits the bill for me.

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    Nanci Zehner
    Technical Support manager
    Xanatek, Inc.
    South Bend IN
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  • 6.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 17, 2018 10:10 AM
    Hey Peter!

    If you're taking MB2-715 make sure to check out @Gus Gonzalez' course in the Dynamics Learning Portal - it was an invaluable resource for my team when we were studying for the exam. Study groups are an excellent idea - here at ClickDimensions we also have study groups for our consultants should they wish to participate. We saw a huge increase in the number of consultants getting not only MCP approved but we now have three MCSEs on our team too.
    I don't think there were any labs for the MB2-715 exam, but for 716 and any of the modular exams, the labs were invaluable. We would work them as a team for about an hour or two each week and it helped solidify the knowledge.​

    I'm looking at taking the Black Belt also as I have heard nothing but great things about it.

    Best of luck!
    Emma.

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    Emma D'Arcy
    MCSE: Business Applications
    Technical Account Manager
    ClickDimensions
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  • 7.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    Posted 5 days ago

    Hi everyone,

    I completed the black-belt training 3-something years ago and found it very helpful. It has a good overview of both configuration and all components that are available in D365CE. I don't know if it is still current, knowing that v9.0 and the Unified Interface with Sales and Service hubs are the new way to go. 

    I was looking to continue my learning path with the MB2-715/716 exams, but found out that these are terminated and are being substituted by MB-200 and MB210. So before you dive into old(er) content, make sure you're investing your time in the course that's most valuable for you.

    Good luck to anyone on any course you might do for D365. Often it's not easy and a proper time-investment, but it WILL pay off! :-)



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  • 8.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    Posted Aug 17, 2018 11:09 AM
    Hi Nanci,

    Great question! I'd also like to direct you to the thread HERE from others who have completed the Black Belt Training.

    Thanks,

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    Liz Shine
    D365UG/CRMUG Engagement Manager
    Dynamic Communities
    Tampa FL
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  • 9.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    D365UG/CRMUG ALL STAR
    Posted Aug 17, 2018 12:36 PM
    Hi Nanci,

    I'm glad to hear you are thinking about taking the Black Belt training, you will learn a lot.

    Thank you Emma for the shoutout re: training for the 715 exam. I don't know how many partners out there are not aware that we have access to all the amazing free training in DLP so anything we can do to promote DLP is a good thing. A couple of weeks ago I released a super short video that shows how to access the content: Two-Minute Tuesday - SPECIAL EDITION: "Access DLP for FREE"
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    Two-Minute Tuesday - SPECIAL EDITION: "Access DLP for FREE"
    Recently Microsoft decreased the price on the Dynamics Training Pack from $1,000 per year to $0, and a document was released explaining the steps that you need to follow in order to get the Dynamics Training Pack and access Dynamics Learning Portal for FREE.
    View this on YouTube >


    Also, thank you to Liz for sharing the link to that discussion we had a few months ago, I posted a long explanation about the Black Belt series and I think Nanci and others could benefit from reading my post on the thread and all the other posts from people who commented as well. :)




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  • 10.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Aug 20, 2018 10:53 AM
    @Gus Gonzalez the irony of that video is that I'm not a partner - I work as a staff member of an organization that uses Dynamics, yet I can't access that training because it's just for partners. ​

    Unless I'm missing something, I have to lie and say I am a partner, get an ID, etc etc, and then I get access. I hope I'm missing something...

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    Peter Gulka
    National Director, Information Solutions & Data Analytics
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
    Burlington ON
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  • 11.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 6 days ago
    It's been awhile, but I am hoping to get approval to sign up for the Black Belt training. I am interested if it will be updated and include the most recent changes that MS has made such as the mobile platform etc? I need to learn more in depth things on how to navigate the back end of things, and how all the moving parts and pieces work, but I also want to learn and understand the changes and newer editions to CRM such as the mobile app. So far everyone's advice has been to take the Black Belt course.

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  • 12.  RE: Black Belt Administrator Training

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 5 days ago
    Hello Heather,

    The current edition of the D365 CE/CRM Black Belt Certificate training videos does include high level references to mobile but it does not go into the detailed setup and administration of the solution.  Mobile, along with other advanced technologies, will be included in the 2020 on-demand course content updates coming over the next several months.

    We will be hosting live, instructor-led online classes at D365UG Academy Training pages on these advanced technologies in 2020.  The Academy team is in the process of developing our 2020 distance learning calendar and should have some great online learning opportunities soon. In addition to the training page, be sure to look for your weekly User Group Event Guide in your email inbox for the latest Academy Training opportunities.  If you're not getting the guide simply update your profile notification preferences.

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    Rich Beliveau
    Academy & Credentialing Director
    Dynamic Communities
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