This is a great course bundle for anyone looking to make the leap into Office Administration or just polish up their skills. The course also contains a range of soft skills designed to develop you personally such as customer service and written communication, time management, listening skills, basic math skills… plus more. It also covers a variety of core skills and software applications an Office Administrator is likely to use in their day-to-day activities, such as the Microsoft Office suite, which cover: Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access.
The 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.
Watch this short video by Microsoft to learn more about Microsoft’s range of certifications and what they can do for your career.
Microsoft refers to the Office Specialist certification as the “only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills”.
An example of a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
What’s in the bundle?
This bundle contains 5 separate Microsoft Office certification courses and 17 soft skill courses, that each lead to a certificate of completion. These certificates validate your skills in each area to current and prospective employers. There are a total of 22 courses in this bundle.
Microsoft Office Certification Courses:
Microsoft Office Specialist certification courses included (click a title to see the syllabus):
GOOD TO KNOW: By enrolling onto this course, you will get access to all of these Microsoft courses. You will not have to pay for each course individually.
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-418: Word 2013
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-420: Excel 2013
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-422: PowerPoint 2013
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-423: Outlook 2013
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 77-424: Access 2013
Soft Skill Courses:
- Essential Skills for Administrative Support Professionals
- Basics of Business Math
- E-mail Essentials
- Telephone Essentials
- Business Writing Basics
- Business Grammar Basics
- Interpersonal Communication
- Listening Essentials
- Customer Service Fundamentals
- Customer Focus
- Customer Advocacy
- Effective Time Management
- Problem Solving and Decision-Making Strategies
- Critical Thinking Essentials
- Building and Maintaining Trust
- Performance under Pressure
- Personal Productivity Improvement
How much does someone with a Microsoft Office certification earn?
NOTE: These figures are based on national averages. Your salary can expect to go up with experience.
What are the employment benefits of getting Microsoft certified?
1. Five times as many high-growth/high-salary positions require experience with Office than all non-Microsoft software skills combined.
2. Twenty-nine percent of tomorrow’s high-growth/high-wage positions require Office or Office-related skills.
3. Eighty-six percent of hiring managers indicate that IT certifications are a high or medium priority during the candidate evaluation process.
4. Eight in ten HR execs verify certifications among job candidates.
5. Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria.
What career paths are available to me through this course?
- Administrative Assistant
- Executive Assistant
- Administrative/Office Manager
- Personal Assistant (P.A.)
- Desktop Designer
- Data Entry Officer
Do I have to sit all the Microsoft exams to get certified?
No! You only need to pass one exam to get a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. You may choose to train in all the areas (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), but only get certified in Excel or Word.
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.
Are there exams involved and how much do they cost?
After completing each Microsoft course you have the option to become certified in each area. In order to do this, you must sit an official exam. We can provide you with complete guidance on the exam process from locating your nearest testing centre, to booking, and receiving your certification.
We do not cover the cost of exam fees. This is something you will have to cover yourself. The exam fees are £65 per exam ($96 USD per exam). Click here to find your nearest test centre.
How long will it take me to complete each course?
This is a three month course, but is self-paced, meaning you can finish it a lot sooner. 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. As a guide, the following courses are 12 hours each: Excel, Access, Word; and the remaining two: Outlook and PowerPoint are 8 hours each. The enhancement skills courses range from 1-4 hours each.
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.