Newsflash: Registration for a MOS Certification at a discounted fee (£12.50 students, £25 staff) is now open.
What is Microsoft Office Specialist Certification (MOS)?
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is a recognised industry standard qualification. Having a MOS certificate on your CV, shows that you have the expertise to use Microsoft applications well and gives you a competitive edge in the workplace. It could increase your skill levels and confidence, validate the skills you already have and, of course, help you to advance your career. There is a separate exam for each module (Word, Excel, etc). The certification is offered at three graduated levels: Specialist, Expert and Master.
MOS Office Specialist - Candidates must pass any one of the following Specialist exams: Excel Core 2010, Outlook 2010, Powerpoint 2010, Word Core 2010
Microsoft Office Expert - Candidates must pass any one of the following Expert exams: Word Expert 2010, Excel Expert 2010
Microsoft Office Master - Candidates must pass all four required exams: Word Expert 2010, Excel Expert 2010 PowerPoint 2010, Outlook 2010
Registration for MOS is only available on MS Office 2010 for Windows and not on any other versions or other operating systems. Please note: Expert 2010 levels assume completion of Core 2010 levels or equivalent knowledge and experience.
Who is eligible to register for MOS?
The self-study MOS programme is open to all Lancaster University staff and students.
How much does it cost?
The current discounted fee is £12.50 for students and £25 for staff per module. No refund is available. Each module includes ebook, access to Gmetrix practice exam software and one attempt at the Microsoft Office exam.
- You can register for one discounted module at a time
- If you fail your discounted exam, the re-take standard fee of £65 applies
- You can register for another discounted module only after successfully passing your previous Microsoft Office exam
- All discounted exams have to be taken before Friday 26 September 2014
There are currently a limited number of CORE level hard copy books in stock. Hard copy book must be collected. To self-study a CORE module using a hard copy book the fee is £25.00 (includes book, GMetrix practice exam access and one attempt at the actual exam). The book covers the same content as the ebook.
What is the process?
The certification route is generally a 4-stage process:
- Register for your chosen MOS qualification
- Self-study using provided electronic training guides and Gmetrix exam preparation software
- Attend an exam preparation workshop (optional)
- Take a task-based invigilated exam which typically lasts 60 minutes. The exam results will be displayed on screen immediately on completing the exam
Register Now using the Lancaster University Online Store.
Please register using your Lancaster University email address for your registration to be valid. You shall receive an email from us with all instructions within 5 working days.
If you are a staff member and wish to register using Journal Transfer, please email email@example.com for further instructions.
If you wish to discuss if MOS is suitable for you, or for any further information, please contact the trainers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All exams are performance-based, in a live or simulated environment. Pass mark varies from 640 to 780 points (of possible 1000). Printed results are available at the end of the exam.
Exam dates for Michaelmas term 2013:
Friday 13 December, 9.30am
Exam dates for Lent term 2014:
Wednesday 29 January, 9.30am
Thursday 6 February, 2.30pm
Friday 14 February, 9.30am
Wednesday 26 February, 2.30pm
Tuesday 4 March, 2.30pm
Monday 10 March, 2.30pm
Wednesday 19 March, 2.30pm
Training Room 1, C Floor, Library Building (unless otherwise stated)
To book your exam, please email iss-training (at) lancaster.ac.uk at least three days prior to your chosen exam date, stating your name, the exam module (e.g Word) and the exam date. On the day of the exam please bring your photo ID (e.g. Lancaster University Library Card) with you.
Last updated: 03.12.13