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I am just curious to see if any of you have become certified as an MS Office Specialist or Expert. I was considering it as a nice credential to have, but I don't know the cost yet. I am just wondering if anyone here has done this and if it seemed to be a worthwhile investment.

 

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I have looked into this and thought it was expensive. I have heard of an online training course which includes the exams. You enrol for a year and can do as many training courses as you like and they include M/Soft Office User to all levels. The owner of the site is a fellow VA and I have asked a lot of questions about the courses. The cost is less than £80 GBP for the year and the website is Freelance Office Services. I'm seriously considering doing this, myself.

 

 

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I am a MOUS in Word Intermediate.

 

My previous employer sent me on a course as I had indicated that I needed some validation for the skills I hav. I am mainly self taught with all the PC and software skills I have and felt that I needed some recognitions.

 

Will have a look at that site Lynn - thanks

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I am certified in excel and word. I pre-qualified to take the powerpoint too, just need to arrange to take the test. I joined a temp agency last year who offered online training and free certification as a perk to signing with them.

 

I definitely think it's a worthwhile credential to have. It demonstrates a proven level of proficiency which I have found people are impressed by.

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I am MOUS certified in Word and Excel and also pre qualified for Powerpoint.

 

Like Yvonne I got mine done through Robert Half International Company of Office Team/Account Temps. Ever since then my creditability has gone up. I do not hold a college degree and that has held me back in interviewing for positions in the past. Now all I have to do is show my certifications and companies know that I am very knowledgeable in the use of MS applications. I gain clients because I am a certified user and show that I am an expert in what I offer for training.

 

I would strongly recommend getting certified if you can. If you need help in order to pass a certification exam let me know and I would be glad to train you to prepare for the exams.

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I have wondered about this also. From what I can find, it costs about $125.00 a test. I have taken the whole MSO suite ( except publisher) and I would like to get certified on all of it. I can not afford to spend $750.00 to become certified. Any ideas where anybody can get tested for less? If anybody would like to "virtualy cram" for a test I am game.

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I am MOUS certified in Word and Excel and also pre qualified for Powerpoint.

What is "MOUS"? I have heard of MOS (MS Office Specialist) and MS Office Expert, but I haven't ever heard of MOUS.

 

From what I can find, it costs about $125.00 a test... Any ideas where anybody can get tested for less?

I am calling the testing centers in my area. So far, in Nashville, TN, I have found TechSkills offers them for $100/test, New Horizons offers them for $85/test, and I am waiting to hear back from TN Technology Centers. I got these co names off the MS web site - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/officespecialist/

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I am MOS certified in all Office applications. I received my training and testing through a staffing agency I registered with years ago at no cost to me. You may want to just registerwith an agency that offers the training.

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I am MOUS specialist too. I have done my courses long time ago. I haven't used some of them because I was unemployed most of time. I haven't used Access to long but I have book and try to update it by playing on all programs. :D

 

When I had my presentation when I finished my business training course, I did my PowerPoint presentation without problem even though I haven't used it to long. :rolleyes:

 

Look like that even we don't use some program for long time, it is still somewhere in our head, it just need some time to come back. :unsure:

 

Have anyone get certification in Microsoft Project Software? :)

 

My last supervisor signed me for that course 4 years ago and I didn't go because I moved to British Columbia from New Brunswick, Canada. It is software that includes all software in one? To get that certificate you must be expert in: word, excel, access and PowerPoint. :D

 

Almira

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Hi everyone,

I am also thinking of doing the Specialist or Expert for MS Office. I just ordered the MS Specialist Study Guide at a very good price. My objectives for now will be the Excel and Word. The testing is very similar to others I have taken at agencies so that doesn`t concern me too much. Has anyone used the Study Guide? It`s 800 pages and covers all the MS Office Specialist and Expert programs. It comes with a MeasureUp exam so you can get the feel of it.

 

Also, I ordered MS Step by Step Excel 2003 and it actually gives you the information you will be tested on so you can make sure you're knowledgeable in that area. It comes with a CD with all the spreadsheets done so you can practice. I have only done the first 2 chapters and even though I knew about 98% of it (pretty basic so far), there were a couple of useful things I still didn't know. (Does ANYONE know Excel inside and out...:) Anyway, let me know if you've used this guide or Step by Step and how helpful it was.

 

JM

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Hi Jo,

 

I'm back!

 

I've tried out the Step by Step Excel 2003 book and was actually one of the ones who was able to take part in a followup survey...Microsoft pays $200 per survey...and I took two of them. I was able to finally upgrade our outdated computer!

 

While I do enjoy going through the Step by Step books, I don't find them challenging enough in some ways. One of my recommendations was for each chapter to encourage you to create a spreadsheet and use the steps from each chapter to try out what the chapter was trying to accomplish. Then at the end...they could have additional files to either create or work with so it is more challenging. I prefer working through the steps including the spreadsheet creation, so if sooner or later I don't get that chance, I don't feel challenged enough. That's why I ended up getting a few other study books including the New Perspectives and Shelly Cashman Excel 2003 books...I find I need more if I am to challenge myself.

 

I've also been able to take the Core and Expert courses from SkillSoft. I haven't used them in a while, but I'm definitely looking forward to using them in due time. Just a bit of advice, Jo and others...don't get too many books to use...or you will be hopping from book to book and you'll wonder when you can actually start to learn something new! Good luck!

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I am just curious to see if any of you have become certified as an MS Office Specialist or Expert. I was considering it as a nice credential to have, but I don't know the cost yet. I am just wondering if anyone here has done this and if it seemed to be a worthwhile investment.

 

Thanks!

 

Go to Brainbench Certifications. Ever so often, they will offer certifications free of charge and even when they charge, they are quite reasonable.

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Try your local community college or employment center. Microsoft also has some links for you to take the test as well. Also MOUS cert is recognized everywhere some will even give you college credit for it. Less expensive then some VA certs. You can get certified in one program or all. You can get the books which will help you learn the programs to test standards. Here is the link for Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/offi...quirements.mspx

 

Also I did a post a while back on low cost training which included microsoft

 

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