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Microsoft IT Academy and Certification

With Microsoft Certification, educators are able to validate their students’ technology skills, which helps them stand out from the crowd and enhance their
education and career prospects.

For more than 20 years, Microsoft Certification has been the IT industry’s most respected validation of skills. Today, technology is everywhere and there is a need to provide students the appropriate business productivity and technology skills necessary in everyday life, whether it is basic computing skills or advanced technical skills. Almost every job today requires some form of technology skills. Students who hold a Microsoft Certification can prove their proficiency.

A thriving industry
Worldwide, Microsoft Office holds 94% of the market share (500 million customers).2 Students need skills on Microsoft Office whether they are moving toward advanced education or looking for a business career.

A lifetime of benefits By earning a Microsoft Certification, students will:
• demonstrate their skills on the latest technologies
• have a firm measure and increased confidence in their skills
• achieve a higher degree of success in their pursuit of higher education or a career in technology
• gain recognition among peers and employers, and a distinct edge in the competitive job market
• chart a career development path for ongoing advancement of Microsoft technology skills

Microsoft Office Certification:
the global standard in productivity Educators can help students validate their skills through the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Program. For students whose sights are set on a career, Microsoft Office Certifications are offered at three levels:

Microsoft Office Specialist
MOS Certification is the recognized standard for core Microsoft Office skills.

Microsoft Office Specialist–Expert
MOS Expert Certification recognizes an authority on advanced Microsoft Office functionality.

Microsoft Office Specialist–Master
MOS Master Certification is the pinnacle distinction for outstanding proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite.

“The total number of certifications is 3.22 certifications per student. I am beaming with pride at what they accomplished!”

Marty Roettgen
Teacher, Green Hope High School,
Cary, North Carolina, USA

Microsoft Program

Microsoft IT Academy Program (IT Academy Program) membership provides comprehensive resources and special savings for academic institutions to help enable innovative IT education. This IT Academy Program guide (Program Guide) provides an outline of key program benefits for your faculty, students and staff and the requirements to deploy the program benefits. This Program Guide is updated on an annual basis.

The IT Academy Program works with academic institutions to offer top-quality education training resources on Microsoft technologies in order to help students reach their academic and career potential. The program enables academic institutions to:

Offer world - class technology curriculum to help students acquire basic through advanced skills on Microsoft cutting - edge technologies

Provide rich online learning resources - anytime and anywhere - available to students, instructors and staff

Offer training on Microsoft technologies to help students graduate with the expertise required to be successful in today’s job market

Prepare for Microsoft Certification which enables educators and students to gain the technical expertise required to help obtain industry recognized Microsoft Certification credentials

Provide Professional Development opportunities for its educators and IT staff


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