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In-depth training in Microsoft Office products will provide you with a marketable skill that will benefit your current or future employer. If you need more professional opportunities, more responsibilities and higher pay, earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification verifies your advanced knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office business applications that will set you apart in today’s competitive job market. 

Employers send your staff for Microsoft Office product training and watch your productivity increase. More than one billion people worldwide rely on Microsoft Office to get things done at work, home, and school (GURU IT Support Blog, 2010).

Course Length & Learner Contract

Participants can master Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access programs. Each program has a suggested seat time for completion of approximately 35 hours along with out of class assignments. Participants will take a pre-assessment to display their individual competency on each program. A learner contract will then be developed between the participant and an advisor as to the approximate time for the individual to complete.

The Learner Contract will include expectations for the participant and the advisor. A sufficient amount of time both in and out of class each week will be listed to ensure academic progress.


Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center is a nationally recognized certified testing center for Certiport testing and administers Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. We currently offer certification exams in Microsoft Office 2010 applications including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. 

The MOS certification is recognized worldwide as an indication that the holder is proficient in the use of Microsoft applications.

The Microsoft Office Specialist certification tells current and potential employers that you are a proficient user of the software in Microsoft Office.

Certifications test your knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint. Exams are taken individually for each application. Microsoft recommends MOS certifications for people who use productivity software in business settings. 

Above the level of a Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft offers Expert certification for Word and Excel which requires an additional exam for each application. Microsoft awards the MOS Master advanced certification, to anyone who successfully passes the Word and Excel Expert level exams, the PowerPoint exam and one elective exam (Outlook or Access).

The MOS certification exams combine written questions and tasks that you complete with the software. Upon successful completion of the exam, you receive the appropriate certification from Microsoft

After completing the training for a MOS program at the Training Institute for Professionals, students can take the MOS certification exam and must pass the exam at 70 percent or better in order to receive their certification.

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