MOS Certification


College readiness

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can be used to support almost every field of study. Being able to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other tools will increase student productivity and allow them to concentrate on the subject matter they are studying. For example, many college and higher education courses require data analysis; a student with certification in Excel will have a head-start in advanced manipulation and presentation of complex mathematical and statistical information.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications provide students with the foundation, readiness and confidence to continue and succeed in advanced technology studies. For example, many college and higher education courses require students to possess critical thinking skills; a student who has earned a certification in Computer Science will have a head start through experience creating new software and applications.

College credits

Microsoft certification can support college credit throughout the world, depending on the accrediting body.

For example, In the state of Queensland, Australia, the MOS and MTA Certifications are recognized as credits that students can use towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). In the United States a selection of Microsoft certifications are eligible for college credit. The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended one to six semester hours of college credit for the selected certifications. It provides credit in bachelor’s or associate’s degree classes on computer applications, information technology, and computer information systems. Review the college credit benefits in more detail and share with your students.

Career readiness

Achieving a Microsoft Certification enables students to confidently enter the workforce with proven technical skills and an internationally recognized certification, both of which can significantly increase their chances of finding employment.

Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria (Microsoft, Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, April 2012). Most jobs today require some degree of technology skills, and this only increases over time.