Microsoft offers a program of certification through its partner, Certiport. These certifications prove that those earning them have the skills to use almost any aspect of that program.
For example, someone with a certification in Excel 2010 would have proved that they have detailed knowledge of all aspects of Microsoft Excel 2010.
Certifications are rarely required by a job, but they do give an employer the assurance that the person with the certification has the knowledge to use the program right away, without additional lengthy training. Those with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications have an enhanced ability to compete for jobs or pay levels because they can prove they already have the skills to be successful.
For more information about the exams, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mos.aspx#overview.
Huntsville Madison County Public Library (the Library), with the generous assistance of Rep. Phil Williams and The Daniel Foundation, is making up to 100 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams free to Madison County residents.
The program has several parts: