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MOS Specialist

Office Specialist certification gives job applicants the advantage of proven productivity in a competitive market. It distinguishes users of Microsoft Office products as truly knowledgeable and are able to contribute to the overall level of organisational effectiveness.

Microsoft Examinations

All Office Specialist examinations are developed and reviewed by a team of experts who have extensive experience using Microsoft Office applications in diverse business and educational settings. The examinations are performance based, which means each is conducted within a live or simulated Microsoft Office program. Examination candidates are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills.

A typical Office specialist examination takes about 1 hour and examinees are measured on both knowledge and efficiency. When selecting the type of training you must ensure the courseware carries the approved courseware logo.

All examinations are administered at your nearest iQcentre , please call our Student Advisors Department for more information 01 639 4660.

Steps to Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) examinations

Evaluate your overall comprehension of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Project programs, your ability to use their advanced features, and your ability to integrate them with other software programs. This step by step guide walks you through the certification process.

Identify Your Goals

Identify your personal goals for certification. For example, do you want to take one exam to demonstrate a strong knowledge of the word processing tools in Microsoft Word, or do you want to set a long term goal to become a Microsoft Office Specialist certified at the master level by successfully completing a series of Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams?


Assess Your Skills

Assess your existing knowledge of the desktop program based on experience, training, and personal needs. In selecting the appropriate Office Specialist certification exam, consider the following

  • The amount of time you have used the programs
  • The frequency and depth of your experience with the program
  • The version of the program with which you are most familiar

Specialist-level certification exams test your ability to complete a wide range of standard business tasks with ease. Expert-level certification exams test your ability to complete complex assignments requiring advanced formatting and functionality, in addition to standard business tasks.


Prepare for the Exams

Prepare for the certification examinations. You may want to supplement practice with training. The examination skill standards and examination preparation guides will help you identify the key areas to study.


Take the Exams

Take the examinations to become certified. Then, review the examination-day information and examination tips to help you prepare further.

Office Specialist exams are administered at authorised testing centres. To locate a testing centre near you, visit

Please note that exam fees are additional to course fees and are payable separately to the test centre.


Use Your Credential to Prove Your Expertise

Now that you are certified, make your Office Specialist certification known by adding it to your resumé, showing it to your manager, and telling your colleagues.