Microsoft Office Certification Update:

by jleany - Jun 04, 2010

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification now extends to all versions of Microsoft Office, including the 2007 Microsoft Office System and Microsoft Office 2010, as well as Windows desktop operating systems. Instead of using different certification names for different versions of Microsoft Office programs and Windows desktop operating systems, Microsoft has updated all of the Microsoft Office certifications to have the same name—Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). This applies to all certifications for Microsoft Office versions, including Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, the 2007 Microsoft Office System, and Microsoft Office 2010. It also applies to all Windows desktop operating system certifications for Windows Vista and Windows 7. The certifications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System are no longer referred to as Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certifications.

If you have questions about what this change means for you, how it impacts certifications you have already earned, or how it aligns with your certification goals, review the frequently asked questions and answers at

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5 Responses to “Microsoft Office Certification Update:”

  1. By Jamie Franzman on Jun 6, 2010 | Reply

    To our Learnkey Audience,

    With all that said, I’d like to know if this MCAS or MOS certification is a cert that you continue to update regularly. If you certified in Word 2003 MOS should you retake the Word 2010 MOS and how could you market that to an employer? What are your feelings about this certification change, does it make any real difference? Please share how you have used this certification to help in your job searches or job reviews that have made an impact for you. After all most of you out there, although you love our training, are likely after a pay raise or job placement for your time invested. I know as an employer here at Learnkey I look for MOS, especially Excel. Nothing like a top notch excel user in my world. I know what to expect when I see the certification but not all employers really understand that you’ve learned functions and formulas, formatting and advanced techniques to manipulate data, so how do you share that with someone on your resume?

    Jamie Franzman
    Learnkey, Inc

  2. By Seamus on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    Would it be safe to assume then that all LearnKey Office 2010 products (please say LearnKey is producing new products for the 2010 suite) will follow the MOS certification requirements?

  3. By Ammon W. - LearnKey IDM on Jun 7, 2010 | Reply

    RE: Seamus,

    Yes! We are currently in production of the complete Microsoft 2010 Office Suite and All core applications; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access will map to the MCAS/MOS core objectives. We believe that certification is key to establishing solid ROI for products like Microsoft Office. We will also have an in-depth objective map that will be published with each course so that you know exactly what objectives are covered and where in the course they are taught.

    Thanks for you comment!!

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