Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications at NDSU
NDSU is registered as a Certiport Authorized Testing Center which allows Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams to be administered on campus. These certifications are the official credential backed by Microsoft that confirm an individual has met Microsoft's standardized set of objectives for Office applications.
A year-long professional development pilot program for employees concluded in Spring 2016. During that time, over 100 MOS certifications were earned. The MOS Certification program is scheduled to begin again in September 2016 with an expanded audience that includes both Students and Employees. NDSU has 500 exam vouchers available (300 for students and 200 for staff). Please read through this site for additional information about how to certify and refer to the contacts list if you have further questions.
This program has been jointly funded through the NDSU Student Technology Fee and by a contribution from NDSU Staff Senate with significant administrative support provided by NDSU's Division of Finance and Administration, NDSU Instructional Services and the Technology Learning and Media Center (TLMC) as well as the NDSU Counseling Center.
Exams will be available for Office 2016 products as they become available. Current available exams include:
- Excel 2016 (now available)
- Word 2016 (now available)
- PowerPoint 2016 (now available)
- Outlook 2016 (TBD)
- Access 2016 (TBD)
- Excel 2016 Expert (now available - 2 exam vouchers)
- Word 2016 Expert (now available - 2 exam vouchers)
Prerequisites and Limitations
- You must be a currently enrolled student or be employed at NDSU for the duration of your participation in the program.
- It is recommended that you have completed 3 academic credits in coursework focused on MS Office or have at least 6 months of experience using MS Office applications.
- You must attend a Microsoft Office Specialist Emporium before scheduling an exam.
- For each certification exam you wish to take, you must pass at least two project based practice exams in testing mode using the Gmetrix practice exam software. This will be verified before you are allowed to sit for the official certification exam.
- Exams will only be administered on the NDSU main campus in Fargo.
- You must bring your NDSU issued ID card to sit for an exam.
- Exams are available from September 2016 through August 2017 and are limited to 500 total for the campus (300 for students and 200 for staff). They will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the other conditions listed on this page.
- Each individual may attempt no more than 10 total exams.
- Individuals will be eligible to retake an unsuccessful exam attempt, but only one retake will be allowed per exam.
Steps Toward Certification
To get started, please read through the Training and Certifying sections of this site. On these pages, you will find information about taking practice exams and how the certification process works. If you have additional inquiries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or our Contacts page.