Microsoft Office Certifications


November 10, 2015

     A few years ago, the Microsoft Corporation, which is undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful companies in the planet’s history, not to mention how much of an impact that they have had on the technology industry in the past few decades, began offering certifications for their Microsoft Office programs. These applications, including the document-based program Word, the presentation creation software appliance PowerPoint, and the spreadsheet function known as Excel are just a few of the most popular programs in Microsoft Office. These certifications are also provided for Access, Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote, and Office365. In order to earn a Specialist certification in any one of these applications, one must take an exam in which their skills in each particular program are tested thoroughly. If the test-taker proves themselves and scores above a 700 out of 1,000 on the exam, then they will be provided with the title of Specialist for that particular Office function. Why does it matter if you are recognized as a recipient of a certification in a Microsoft Office program though?

    Well, there are unimaginable amount of professions that utilize several Microsoft Office programs in everyday work. For example, millions of people use Microsoft Word everyday for a variety of reasons. Students may use the program so that they can complete a paper for their English class, politicians may use Word to jot down their thoughts before proposing a legislative change in a bill. Microsoft PowerPoint is also very popular in everyday life for many people. PowerPoint can be utilized so that one can create an interesting presentation for a business meeting or something of the sort. Various effects and transitions can be implemented into the presentation to give the display a desired theme or purpose as well.

    Ultimately, Microsoft Office programs are used frequently and for thousands of different reasons. They are very helpful for many people and can be used in nearly any profession. So, why try and master these programs as best as possible? Money, of course! Research shows that entry-level employees can earn an additional $16,000 more in annual salary than their non-certified counterparts. Being comfortable with these applications can also allow for users to create more interesting and successful projects too.


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