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Get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Did you know that there is a way to prove that you have outstanding skills with Microsoft Office products? Microsoft’s Office Specialist program conducts competency testing on the full range of Office products, and offers four levels of certification.

  • Specialist certification. The first certification level, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS), requires you to take a specialist exam in one or more Office products, including Microsoft Office Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Access 2007, and Outlook 2007.
  • Expert certification. The second certification level requires you to take an expert exam available for Word 2007 and Excel 2007.
  • Master certification. The third certification level requires you to take the expert exams for Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 and one additional expert exam of your choice.
  • Specialist Master Instructor certification. The highest certification level requires you to complete the expert exams and provide proof of your teaching experience.

Preparation & Testing

Microsoft provides online resources to help you assess your current skills and prepare for the specialist and expert exams. They also have information about special offers for certificate preparation courses. You and also use their website to locate local testing centers where you take the tests.


After passing the test, you receive a certificate and can add your certification level to your resume. Having this certification makes you stand out in a stack of resumes. If you are a relatively new writer, it can make the difference in the hiring process because it proves your ability to master this tool and your ability to go the extra mile to learn new skills in your field.

Certified Office Specialists may also be eligible for one semester of college credit through the American Council of Education (ACE) at the more than 1,500 cooperating colleges and universities.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the ranks of people who got better jobs because they became certified in Microsoft Office products.

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