Certiport Announces Microsoft as Premiere Sponsor for 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. and World Championships

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Students from around the world to prove their expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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Certiport (http://www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announces Microsoft is a premiere sponsor of the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National and World Championships. The MOS U.S. National Championship will be held June 20-22 in Orlando, Florida and the MOS World Championship will be held July 30 – August 2 in Anaheim, California. Each brings together more than 100 student competitors from around the world to prove their expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

“We have been impressed with the caliber of competitors at the MOS U.S. National and World Championships for many years now, and taking the next step to formally sponsor the event allows us to connect with these amazing students,” said Anneleen Vaandrager, senior director of Worldwide Public Sector – Education at Microsoft. “We believe any student who has earned MOS certification is prepared to succeed in pursuing their academic and career goals. We want to support them and look forward to meeting them this summer.”

Certiport expects more than 500,000 total entries in the MOS U.S. National Championship and 900,000 entries from 120 countries in the MOS World Championship. Students age 13 to 22 are eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams: Microsoft Office Specialist Word® (2016 or 2013), Microsoft Office Specialist Excel® (2016 or 2013), and Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint® (2016 or 2013). Winners receive cash and prizes.

"We are proud to have Microsoft as a key sponsor of the 2017 MOS Championship, and we applaud their continued support of the value of certification and technology in education,” said Aaron Osmond, general manager, Certiport, a Pearson VUE business. “Microsoft has always reinforced the value of the MOS certification to help students in the global marketplace.  Their sponsorship of our global competition further validates that value.”

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional certification programs, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, the IC3 Digital Literacy certification and the Certiport Business Fundamentals certification program. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/certiport.

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