What is a Microsoft Office Specialist certification?
Microsoft Office Specialist is a globally recognised qualification. Having a Microsoft Office Specialist certification on your CV demonstrates that you have gained the necessary expertise to competently use Microsoft applications, giving you a competitive advantage when job hunting as well as in the workplace. It will significantly increase your confidence, skills and employability. It will serve to objectively validate your IT skills and assist in your advancement in your chosen career. Each certificate is a qualification in its own right – so you can take just one, or as many as you like. For instance, you can choose to become a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word or Excel or PowerPoint… or all of them if you choose.
Microsoft refers to it as the “only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills”.
Watch this short video by Microsoft to learn more about Microsoft’s range of certifications and what they can do for your career.
What’s in the bundle?
This bundle contains 5 separate Microsoft certification courses. To see what you’ll be learning in each course, just click on the title:
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-418: Word 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-422: PowerPoint 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-423: Outlook 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-424 2013: Access 2013
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-420: Excel 2013
How much can I potentially earn with a MOS certification?
How is each course taught?
All courses are online and self-paced, meaning you do it in your own home, in your own time, at your own pace. Each lesson is pre-recorded allowing you to pause, fast-forward, skip sections, or go back to another lesson if you need to. The lessons are multi-media based, which means video and audio are used to teach the lessons. Most lessons are also interactive, prompting the learner to participate. This might involve answering on-screen questions, participating in tasks, and using simulators as if you were using the real software program.
How long will it take me to complete each course?
As mentioned above, our courses are self-paced. Some people finish their course faster than others. If you choose to only do one of the certification courses from this bundle, then it will take you less time than if you do two or three or all of them. No matter what though, you will always have 12 months to complete your course. The following courses are 12 hours each: Excel, Access, Word; and the remaining two: Outlook and PowerPoint are 8 hours each. The total study time for the entire Microsoft Office Specialist course is 52 hours.
What do I need?
All you need is an internet connection and a PC. While most of the lessons work on MACs, we recommend you use a PC for the best performance. Certain parts of the course may not display properly on older MACs. Once you’ve logged into your course, you may be prompted to down certain free plugins such as Java. Just follow the on-screen prompts.