Today's educational institutions must
help students develop 21st-century business
computing skills in addition to
critical-thinking abilities. No matter where
your students are in their educational careers,
most will use those skills while in school
and as members of the workforce. Microsoft
Office Specialist certification provides proof of desktop skills and is a professional
credential recognized around the world.
Students who achieve Microsoft Office Specialist certification by passing a
performance-based exam earn a certificate, potential college credit via the American Council
on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service, and the confidence that will set
them apart in a competitive job market.
An important Microsoft objective is to provide educators with comprehensive solutions
that support their educational goals. Microsoft Office Specialist certification fulfills
this objective by helping teachers and students achieve a common level of desktop computing
skill. Shared skill levels enable teachers to use Microsoft Office programs to structure
curricula and teaching methods that increase learning inside and outside of the classroom.
Certified teachers can also save valuable time by assigning, collecting and grading
student work using Microsoft Office programs. By encouraging students to achieve
certification, teachers can help them stay engaged in and connected with their coursework,
gain confidence, and realize their potential.
Educational institutions that offer Microsoft Office Specialist certification position
themselves as leaders in the use of technology and in workforce development. Such leadership
can increase credibility with students, teachers and parents, as well as with businesses
and other organizations looking to hire graduates who are prepared for the 21st-century
Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams use Microsoft Office programs to
deliver an authentic, performance-based evaluation of Microsoft Office skills. In addition,
offering certification testing within your organization is convenient and can help your
institution potentially qualify for funding under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The Business World
Today, Microsoft Office is the most widely used business productivity program in the
world. However, the average user masters only a portion of the software's functionality.
More and more, businesses are encouraging employees and job candidates to become certified.
Companies doing so report improved employee competence and productivity, as well as
increased credibility with coworkers, clients and customers.
Microsoft Office certification exams directly measure Microsoft Office skills and,
equally important, the ability to apply those skills on the job. This assessment provides
a qualitative basis for employment-related decision making, including employee screening