Get Microsoft Office certified with free exam vouchers from Oakton

(Feb. 1, 2018) There is still time for students to enhance their business skills at Oakton. That’s because Oakton Community College is offering free vouchers to take Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams to students who successfully complete a range of Computer Application for Business (CAB) courses, many of which yet to start in spring 2018.

“Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification validates a job candidate or employee’s Microsoft Office skills and abilities, and Oakton is pleased to offer a full complement of courses this spring that provide job seekers the skills employers want and allow them to differentiate themselves in the job market,” says Doris Gronseth, coordinator, Computer Applications for Business. “We are grateful to the Oakton Educational Foundation for funding the free voucher program, which eliminates a barrier to this certification.”

MOS 2016 certifications demonstrate increased knowledge, efficiency and productivity, elevating professional value and potential career advancement. Pass four MOS 2016 exams from one of three different tracks to earn MOS 2016 master certification.

Gronseth adds, “These courses can be completed in a short amount of time, allowing our working students to climb the corporate ladder while saving money in the process.”

Getting the free voucher is easy. Register for at least one of the following courses offered online or at the college’s Des Plaines (1600 E. Golf Road) or Skokie (7701 N. Lincoln Ave.) campuses:

  • CAB 125 0C1 (Microsoft Word), CRN 11534, starts Feb. 5
  • CAB 130 0C1 (Microsoft PowerPoint) CRN 10526, starts Feb. 5
  • CAB 140 0C1 (Microsoft Access) CRN 10978, Feb. 5
  • CAB 225 0C1 (Microsoft Advanced Word) CRN 10986, starts Feb. 5
  • CAB 135 0C2 (Microsoft Excel) CRN 10871, starts March 19
  • CAB 235 0C1 (Microsoft Advanced Excel) CRN 11255, starts March 19

Complete each registered course with a score of 70 percent or higher and earn a free voucher worth $75 per class to take a Microsoft Office certification exam. The exam can be taken onsite at the Testing Center, located at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, Room 2408.

“Earning MOS certification gives students an edge up in preparing for the next step in their life, including college and career,” says Bob Whelan, president and CEO of Pearson VUE.

Because the courses provide instruction that leads to industry-recognized certification, classes tend to form quickly. For a list of additional late-start classes offered at Oakton, visit

For more information, contact Gronseth at 847-376-7055 or .