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Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Continuing for spring 2014
Receive one free voucher per course to take a Microsoft Office Certification Exam.

Gain the experience and credentials you need to climb the career ladder. Register for any or all of the following:

  • CAB 125 Comprehensive Word Processing 2010
  • CAB 130 Presentation Software Using PowerPoint 2010
  • CAB 135 Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel 2010
  • CAB 140 Database Applications Using Access 2010
  • CAB 235 Advanced Spreadsheeting Using Excel

Pass the practice exam and receive one free voucher per course to take a Microsoft Office certification exam! 

Each voucher is good for one exam only. Students unable to pass the Microsoft exam will not be provided with an additional voucher.

For more information, e-mail

Oakton also offers MOS certificate programs for Microsoft Office Specialist Core, Word and/or Excel. These are not to be confused with Microsoft's certifying exams.

Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) certification, the premier Microsoft desktop certification, is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills. The Office Specialist program is helping meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace. Visit the Microsoft Office Specialist Web site for more detailed information. 


Why Earn an Office Specialist Certification?
Earning Office Specialist certification acknowledges you have the expertise to work with Microsoft Office programs. Office Specialist-certified individuals report increased competence and productivity with Microsoft Office programs as well as increased credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients. Office Specialist certification sets you apart in today's competitive job market, bringing employment opportunities, greater earning potential and career advancement, in addition to increased job satisfaction.

In What Areas Can I Become Certified?
Certification is available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. There are also different levels of certification available depending on the depth of your knowledge in each area. Visit Microsoft's Web site for more information on requirements, frequently asked questions, and to locate an authorized testing center. There is one here at Oakton!

To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) certification for Microsoft Office, you must pass one or more certification exams. Office Specialist exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise by evaluating your overall comprehension of Office, your ability to use their advanced features, and your ability to integrate the Office programs with other software programs. Preparation guides for taking Office Specialist exams can be found on the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Track page. Specialist exams are developed and validated by industry experts.

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