The Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates proficiency in an Office application such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and/or Outlook. This mini-series explains the certification, how to prepare for the exams, how to register for the exam, the exam format, and how to display your success.
Hello, everyone and
welcome to the Microsoft Office
Specialist Certification Series.
My name is Vonne Smith.
And in this course overview we are going
to be going over what exactly is in this
Who is this for?
And do I need to know anything
before I get started?
So why don't we talk about
the certification preparation?
I'm actually very excited
to do this series.
I just recently I completed my
Master Office Specialist Certification.
I was pretty excited to do this because,
well, it's fresh in my brain right now.
So I wanna take you through well,
exactly what is this certification.
Let's introduce it.
Who is this for?
Why would I want to do
this particular exam?
How do I prepare for it?
How do I study?
Where do I get the exam objectives?
How do I register to take
this exam through Certiport?
That can be a little tricky.
So I try to take you
through those little paths
that they take you down that kind of
don't have the clearest directions.
But I'll help you there,
give you some tips and
tricks on how to actually take the exam.
Like, what is the format?
What do I need to expect when I
go into that testing center and
sit down and take that 50 minute test?
What is it gonna look like?
So I'll get you really prepared for
actually taking the exam.
And then, well, hey, you passed, great.
What do I do?
How can I show off that I
have this certification?
We'll talk about our different badges and
some different websites and
how to share it on socials.
That will be a lot of fun.
Who is this for?
Anyone interested in
taking a certification.
Okay well, that's pretty broad.
But why would I want to do this?
This could be anybody that
is coming out of school.
This is actually a program
that a lot of middle and
high school programs they incorporate
this actual certification.
Now if you're a seasoned person
in the workforce, you're like,
I'm taking a certification that
a middle schooler is taking?
Well, what it does is it's going to show
proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
As an end user, you have certified from
Microsoft, I know how to use Excel,
I know how to use PowerPoint.
So it can be used for career advancement.
So maybe a promotion depends on
that particular certification.
Maybe your organization offers
continuing education units,
I think CEUs,
that maybe this could qualify for it.
So this is all due to help better
yourself and advance your career.
Now the prerequisites,
proficiency in Office applications.
If you're like well I kinda know how
to use Word, but not really, wow.
Should I not do this?
No, definitely strive for this.
This is why we have OfficeProTV,
which is, of course,
affiliated and is a channel of ITProTV.
So I want to show you and give you all
the resources throughout my other series,
the Word essentials, the Word advance, the
Word expert and all of the other products.
All of those series are to help
train you in this application and
to have you become proficient
in that particular product.
So this series is just gonna concentrate
on what you need to look towards and
really focus on for studying for the exam.
Knowing the product is one thing.
But taking the exam,
that's why we have this particular series.
So you need to know a little bit to start.
And then watch the series, and then we'll
go ahead and we'll get you certified.
Well, you'll get yourself certified.
I'll just help you along the way.
Like my other series,
I do have exercise files and notes.
Now the exercise files are really more
of like the downloaded material from
the sites that you can get on your
own if you go to certiport.com and
so on and so forth.
I do have some of my own materials
that I have made, some diagrams.
Took stuff off the Internet and
made it into a Word document
cuz I can't help myself.
Of course I made a table of contents and
So, you can use that.
Hopefully that would kind of
conglomerate altogether for you,
or condense it down for
you and use my own materials.
So all the links that I'm going to be
visiting throughout the different websites
are in the episode notes.
So definitely go ahead and get those ready
and print them out and check them off and
get ready to be certified.