What is MOS Certification? (Previously MOUS Certification)
Microsoft Office Specialist (formerly MOUS) certification is the
universally accepted standard assessment of desktop proficiency for
the Microsoft office suite of applications. When potential employees
are certified, hiring managers know they can hit the ground running.
They know time and money won't be wasted on training and support.
That's why more companies are recognizing the MOS program as a standard
assessment that differentiates proficient employees. The MOS program
gives you proof you know how to use Microsoft Office applications
efficiently and productively. Becoming a Proficient or Expert Specialist
means you are more valuable to an employer, and more marketable as
For employers, hiring an associate with an MCSE Certification, or
training their current employees for an MCSE Certification, serves
as a guarantee that the individual has gained the necessary competency
in certain job-related skills. The MCSE Certification assures that
your new employee will be a productive member of your organization
from day one, without weeks, or even months in training.
To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for Microsoft
Office or Microsoft Project, you must pass one or more certification
exams. Office Specialist exams are developed and validated by industry
experts and are available at over 9,000 Authorized Testing Centers
Office Specialist exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical
proficiency and expertise by evaluating your overall comprehension
of Office or Microsoft Project applications, your ability to use their
advanced features, and your ability to integrate the Office applications
with other software applications.
Levels of MOS Certification
There are 3 different levels of MOS Certification.
Core certification - For each Office application,
and MS Project, you can obtain MOS Core certification. This is your
basic MOS certification and is available individually for all applications.
For example, you can get certified in Excel as a Microsft Office Specialist.
Expert certification - For Excel and Word you can
obtain MOS Expert certification. The Expert certification can be obtained
individually for either Excel or Word.
Master certification - The MOS Master Certification
is obtained by obtaining Expert certification in Word and Excel, and
by obtaining Core certification in Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.