Today I will be giving an overview of all of the steps you need to follow to successfully meet your goal of getting the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. This will include the best steps to achieving this goal as well as all costs associated with preparation and certification. I will also be giving a timeline of what to expect so you can better plan for taking these exams. The Microsoft Office Specialist is a great certification to get because the office suite is widely used in all aspects of business and it is less technically challenging than many of the industry standard certifications. First, I will go over the steps you will need to accomplish in order to achieve this certification in a timely and organized manner. The first logical step is to gather materials needed and schedule the exams themselves. As far as materials go I highly recommend picking up a study guide for each test (more on these later). Once you have your study materials acquired it is time to schedule the exams themselves. There are five different exams to get the Microsoft Office Specialist certification, one for each program in the office suite. I would recommend scheduling your exam ten weeks out as to give you time to fully prepare for the exams, also keep in mind each exam lasts 90 minutes so it will be a full eight-hour day. I live in the Milwaukee area making my closest testing center New Horizons located on 15700 w. Bluemound Road (844.745.3983). The next step in my project plan is to prepare for the exams. I have planned...
The economy is ever changing before our very eyes – for some of us, we may have at one point had a very nice paying full time job with benefits – enough money to support a whole family on one income… and for some of us, this was done without any higher education. Sadly, however, this is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Times change, and if you don’t keep up with them, then you are bound to end up getting left behind. In times like this, your best course of action is to reconsider careers – with the looming threat of automation growing, there is no longer much security in a manufacturing job, and on top of that, automation stands to make the need for human workers doing certain tasks totally obsolete. It’s a worrying matter for many of us, but it doesn’t need to be. In this post, I will tell you a great way to jump start a brand new career – and best of all, this is one career you don’t have to worry about losing your job to a robot or AI anytime soon. I’m talking about getting into computers and support here, but namely, I’ll be talking about getting certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). At this point, just about all of us are at least a bit familiar with this suite. Certainly at some point, and likely often for quite a number of us, we’ve used some of the programs included – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, to name a few. Consider past experiences when using Office – you’ve likely...
So, you have decided to take the extra step in your career to get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. It is always a good thing to be certified not only in this specific certification but any of the certifications that the IT Support program prepares you for. In most cases the employer will look at your application to be hired if you have a certification over the application that doesn’t have a certification. To become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist the first and one of the most important things to do is preparation. First things first, you must choose an institution to go to in order to get certified. Choosing the correct institution comes down to a couple of things; how the exam is run and how it is organized, and how much it cost to get certified there. For most institutions the cost will not very much. The good thing about attending Milwaukee Area Technical School and trying to become certified in something is that the school offers a discounted price for the exam to be certified. Once you have decided on where to take your exam at then you should start to do the research on that institution. You want to find out how long the exam is, what type of questions there are on there and the important part, how much will it cost. Next after going through with picking where and when then you have to prepare for the exam. You should read as many books as possible that you can on the subject. This should help with getting your head wrapped around any...
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