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
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!”
Teacher, Green Hope High School,
Cary, North Carolina, USA
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