Turning Motivated Individuals into Office Superstars
Discover the only performance-based certification that validates the skills needed to get the most out of Microsoft Office. Whether you want to drive your career or increase your productivity on the job, earning the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification demonstrates the valuable expertise you need to succeed.
- Master Certifications
You can earn a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification on Microsoft Office programs and Windows operating systems. This certification features Web-based pretests, program-specific certification exams, and a series of Microsoft Press step-by-step books that help you demonstrate expertise in accomplishing essential job tasks across multiple programs. After earning an MOS certification, you receive access to a member Web site where you can print transcripts to demonstrate proof of certification and receive a certificate that verifies your successful completion of the exam. Additionally, professionals who earn this certification gain access to a certification logo that they can display on their resumes and other business materials.
Why get certified?
Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can help you differentiate yourself in today’s competitive job market, broaden your employment opportunities by displaying your advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential. Microsoft Office Specialist certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients.
For employers, the certification provides skill-verification tools that not only help assess a person’s skills in using Microsoft Office programs but also the ability to quickly complete on-the-job tasks across multiple programs in the Microsoft Office system. See below for course and examination details.
The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master certification helps demonstrate an individual’s overall comprehension and expertise of Microsoft Office programs. Microsoft Office Specialist Masters have more than a working familiarity with Microsoft Office programs—they are technically skilled to take advantage of the breadth of features efficiently and effectively.
To earn the 2010 Microsoft Office Master certification, you must pass the following MOS exams:MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert
MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Expert
MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010
MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 or MOS Microsoft Office Access 2010
Beginning March 1, 2011, to earn the Microsoft Office 2007 Master certification, you must pass the following MOS exams:MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2007 Expert
MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Expert
MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2007
Q. What distinguishes individuals who hold a Microsoft Office Specialist certification from their peers?
Achieving a Microsoft Office Specialist certification helps validate important skills and demonstrates candidates’ commitment to growing and documenting their skills.
Q. Who benefits from the Microsoft Office Specialist certification?
The certification benefits business workers who want to present themselves as truly knowledgeable and differentiate themselves in a competitive job market. It also helps hiring managers make job placement decisions. Managers who hire candidates with a Microsoft Office Specialist certification are helping minimize training costs.
Q. What processes are in place to ensure high-quality exam questions?
Microsoft Certification exams are developed and reviewed by a team of experts who have extensive experience using Microsoft applications in diverse business and educational settings. Every exam undergoes a pilot test and rigorous analysis before it is released. The purpose of this process is to eliminate exam questions that do not meet standards for technical accuracy, clarity, relevance, and fairness.
Q. What is the exam format?
Exams are primarily performance-based and conducted in a “live,” or simulated, environment. Exam candidates are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. For example, an Office Word 2007 exam might ask a user to balance newspaper column lengths or keep text together in columns.
Q. How long does a typical exam take?
A typical exam takes up to 90 minutes. Individual efforts are measured for both knowledge and efficiency.
Q. What kind of exam preparation is necessary?
Candidates can prepare for exams on their own or find outside training for the practice, resources, and support needed. Each exam has a preparation guide that lists available resources.
Find MOS exam preparation guides
Q. Where can I take a MOS exam?
All Microsoft Office Specialist exams are administered by Certiport. Direct your questions about exam schedules and pre-registration to the Certiport location where you intend to take the exam. The Daralinn Digital Academy Training Centers in Wexford and Dublin are certipoint exam centers.
Q. Are MOS exams available in different languages?
Yes, Microsoft offers localized exams for the MOS certification.
Q. Where can I find my exam results?
Exam results are displayed on your screen immediately after you complete an exam. Those who pass will receive (by mail) an official certificate within approximately two to three weeks.
Q. If I do not pass an exam, can I have a refund?
No, Microsoft does not offer refunds for exams you do not pass or exam appointments you miss.
Q. Can I still earn a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification?
No. The certification formerly known as the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) has been renamed Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). You can still earn a certification to demonstrate your skills in using the 2007 Microsoft Office System and the Windows Vista operating system, but the name of the certification has been changed from MCAS to MOS.
Q. Why was the name changed from Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)?
Our partners, certified professionals, and the IT community at large requested we rebrand the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification and bring it under the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) umbrella to portray a stronger visible alignment with the Microsoft Office brand. Now all of the Microsoft Office certifications are under the same name: MOS. By leveraging the brand recognition of MOS, you can earn more recognition for the same certification. For example, earning a series of MOS certifications is more recognizable on a resume than a different certification name for each version of Microsoft Office. This branding applies to all versions of Microsoft Office programs, including Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, the 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Microsoft Office 2010, as well as the certifications for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification helps validate competence in using Microsoft Office. Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MOS certification.
|Microsoft Word 2010||MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2010
MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert
|Microsoft Excel 2010||MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2010
MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Expert
|Microsoft PowerPoint 2010||MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010||Exam 77-883|
|Microsoft Outlook 2010||MOS: Microsoft Outlook 2010||Exam 77-884|
|Microsoft Access 2010||MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2010||Exam 77-885|
|Microsoft SharePoint 2010||MOS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010||Exam 77-886|
Microsoft Office Specialist for the Microsoft Office 2007
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications using the 2007 Microsoft Office System are still very much in demand. Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MOS certification.
|Microsoft Word 2007||MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2007
MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2007 Expert
|Microsoft Excel 2007||MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2007
MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Expert
|Microsoft PowerPoint 2007||MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007||Exam 77-603|
|Microsoft Outlook 2007||MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007||Exam 77-604|
|Microsoft Access 2007||MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2007||Exam 77-605|