Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

About Certification

When you become certified, your knowledge, efficiency and productivity increase, elevating your professional value and opportunity for advancement. Plus, you’ll build credibility by possessing a professional designation that is recognized around the world; grow personally and professionally; and have more confidence when tackling assignments. Each certification requires passing a separate exam and allows you to prove your mastery of that skillset. For more information, visit Microsoft’s Certification Page.

5 Steps to Certification
  • Step 1: Identify your goals
  • Step 2: Locate a testing center
  • Step 3: Create your Certiport account
  • Step 4: Prepare for your exam
  • Step 5: Take your first exam

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for subsequent exams

Access Free Webinar Replays

Sign up via the button below to access “The 5 Quickest Steps to Certification”, “Budgeting for Your Certification Goals”, and more valuable resources to get your started!

Are You Ready?

Study with us! The RedCape MOS Study Group

This group helps keep you focused, motivated, and on track to achieve whatever certifications you identify for yourself. Everyone’s goals and pace are different, so this group allows for self-guided study while maintaining the structure and schedule needed to work toward your exams. Join others from around the world and reach YOUR goals with us! 

What you get with the MOS Study Group:

  • Curated information
  • Private membership in our Teams workspace
  • Breakout channels by exam or phase
  • Step by step emails
  • Regular online check-ins
  • Request video tutorials for extra help
  • Guidance from RedCape and the group
  • Guidance from Vickie and the RedCape team for advanced concepts
  • Moral support and recognition of your achievements
  • Access for 3 years from the time you sign up 

Must be purchased separately:

  • Prep Software ~ $75 USD
  • Study Guides ~$25 USD each
  • Exam Vouchers ~$100-120 USD/exam
  • Proctor Fees ~$20-$40 USD/exam
Books we recommend

MOS Study Guides can be found on or in the Microsoft Press Store – we love the ones by Joan Lambert!

Not Ready?

If you need to wait another year before pursuing certification because you don’t feel ready, we have classes that will help you assess and increase your skills, boost your confidence, and help you understand what is being tested on the exams.

Ongoing monthly learning with RedCape: RedCape Academy

The RedCape Academy offers regular classes (monthly in 2020) on a variety of topics designed to increase technology skills and digital productivity. Membership also grants access to the full library of previous classes as well as free registration for all current webinars and RedCape courses. Price: $30/month or $300/year

Microsoft Productivity Workshop

In this highly-engaging and practical workshop based on the bestselling “100 Tips” series by Vickie Sokol Evans, learn the digital productivity secrets of  high-performing teams. Discover quick and easy tips in Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more that will significantly improve your workflow and save hours of time by using more of the technology you know and love. Price: $199/person or free for Academy members



Is there certification for Office for Mac?

No, Microsoft only allows certification in Office for Windows at this time.

Can I get certified in O365?

O365 and 2019 are currently the same exams. There is not a separate O365 certification.

How long does my certification last?

Your certifications will never expire. They might become out of date, as new versions of Office are released, but you will forever have those certifications.

What if I am not in the United States?

You can get certified from anywhere in the world. See the info on Get Certified America in the 5 Steps to Certification section above. The RedCape MOS Study Group is also open to anyone in the world.

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