(PRWEB UK) 3 September 2012
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). When considering how to improve IT skills, individuals should decide what will set them apart from other interview applicants, co-workers and colleagues. While Microsoft Office skills may not be the main qualification required for a job, it is a skill set that employers will consider important.
When it comes down to choice for promotion or getting hired, the individual with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification will be the person who stands out as someone who has taken the initiative to improve and validate their IT skills. Not only does this give an immediate advantage for promotion it can set one apart as a Microsoft Office Power User, earning one respect and recognition. Microsoft Office skills do count and employers are impressed with people who show they are willing to self-improve.
Kathryn Rose, Training Manager at Focus4 Training stated “The MOS qualification is given to individuals who display expertise in one or more of the following Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. There are also expert level MOS certifications for Microsoft Word and Excel, which require an additional exam. The top level of MOS certification is the Microsoft Office Master, which requires passing Word Expert, Excel Expert, and PowerPoint along with a choice between Access and Outlook.
When individuals achieve MOS certifications, they are able to use a digital logo to embellish their CV’s which is immediately noticeable to potential employers. If one were to complete a MOS certification out of personal interest, one would be showing a prospective employer that they are self-motivated, driven and willing to go the extra mile to increase their skills.
Kathryn Rose explained the exam process “Exams are performance-based and conducted in a live or simulated environment. Exam candidates are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. A typical exam takes up to 90 minutes. Individual efforts are measured for both knowledge and efficiency. Exam results are displayed on the screen immediately after an exam is completed. Those who pass will receive an official certificate within approximately two to three weeks and will have access to a digital logo”.
Training for Microsoft Office Specialist with Focus4 Training Ltd
Focus4 Training Ltd offers the qualification as either distance learning or a two day trainer led course. The distance learning online option can be gained in students’ own time, at the students’ own pace; anywhere the student has access to the internet. They will receive a learning kit which combines everything one needs to get internationally recognised Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) accreditation. Students can prepare, learn and practice using the Online Action Learning Software, as well as receiving a Microsoft Press Step-by-Step book and exam voucher.
When students have earned their MOS certification they will receive a certificate and a MOS logo which they can proudly display on resumes, emails and other business documents. Instructor led courses are held at Focus4 Training premises in Leicestershire. The two day course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain the qualification with expert help at hand.
Focus4 Training, based in Leicestershire, delivers IT and Soft Skills training to companies and individuals throughout the UK offering a blended learning approach to training and IT qualifications. They specialise in designing customised training solutions for companies from assessment to certification http://www.focus4training.com. http://www.focus4training.com/microsoft-office-specialist-mos-481-c.asp