Certiport Announces Availability of Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 Certification

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New MOS Exams Lead the Industry in Performance-Based Certification Testing

The new Microsoft 2013 certification program will prepare students for the professional world.

Certiport, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) 2013 certification, an industry recognized, standards-based credential for validating Microsoft Office 2013 skills.

MOS certification is recognized globally by academia and business as the premier credential for individuals seeking to validate their knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the Microsoft Office applications. With more than 1.2 million exams taken annually, MOS leads the IT industry in performance-based testing. The new 2013 exams improve upon the previous live-in-the-application testing environment by enabling even more real-world functionality and project testing.

Details about MOS 2013 Certification: http://www.certiport.com/mos

"Technology changes rapidly, and it is important for students and teachers to migrate to the new Microsoft Office 2013 suite to enhance their productivity and acquire the computing skills companies are seeking,” said Jim Holm, Executive Vice President, Certiport. “We work closely with Microsoft to ensure the MOS exams are a true measure of how individuals will perform in real life. On the 2013 exams, candidates are presented with a project to complete to measure a much deeper skill level than even the previous performance-based MOS exams.”

Rather than asking candidates to complete a series of unrelated tasks, the MOS 2013 exams take candidates through a complete project to deliver a better indicator of their real world Office 2013 skills. The new MOS 2013 exams enable individuals to tap into the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite, resulting in increased confidence, credibility and differentiation.

  •     In academia, MOS promotes success in the classroom for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce
  •     For business, MOS maximizes office productivity and efficiency for the organization and increases job satisfaction and heightens career achievement among employees
  •     In workforce development, MOS prepares and places job candidates, ensuring they possess the skills employers require

Certiport provides Microsoft users easy access to the relevant certification exams for MOS 2013 through a network of more than 12,000 testing centers in 148 countries worldwide. Certiport offers a MOS Classroom License for select academic customers providing unlimited tests for a flat yearly fee, resulting in greater access to exams, lower costs and simplified budgeting.

"We continue to see a great demand in the workplace for individuals with Microsoft Office skills," said Lutz Ziob, General Manager of Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Corp. "Ideally students learn these skills in an academic setting before they enter the workforce, and the new Microsoft 2013 certification program will prepare students for the professional world.”

Certiport is the only authorized provider of Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Students can begin taking MOS 2013 Word and Excel exams in English at any Certiport Authorized Testing Center worldwide beginning March 12, 2013, with additional languages and exams to follow.

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 12,000 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 Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®). Certiport reliably delivers over two million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/certiport.

"Certiport," "IC³" and "MeasureUp" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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