Certification from OIT

Get Certified logoWe offer several options for certification. Whether you are looking to showcase your skills in Excel, demonstrate to an employer that they can onboard you faster with your knowledge of Outlook, or prove you have the chops in Photoshop, we can help.

Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist

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The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification gives students and institutions of higher learning the tools they need to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition, and realize their potential.


MOS includes four levels of certification:

Associate

Showcase that you have the skills in a specific Office program.

Office Associate

Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office suite by earning certification in 3 or more Office program programs.

Expert

Prove that you have the advanced skills needed to get the most out of a specific Office program. Only available for certain Office applications.

Office Expert

Confirm that you have the advanced skills needed to get the most out of the Office suite by earning a certification in multiple Office program programs. Must complete the Office Associate and two Expert Exams.

Students can certify at all levels. They should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands—and caters to—those who possess the most education and skills.

Available Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications

    MOS Associate Badge
  • Excel Associate (Excel and Excel 2019)
  • Outlook Associate (Outlook and Outlook 2019)
  • PowerPoint Associate (PowerPoint and PowerPoint 2019)
  • Word Associate (Word and Word 2019)
  • Microsoft Access Expert (Access and Access 2019)
  • Microsoft Excel Expert (Excel and Excel 2019)
  • Microsoft Word Expert (Word and Word 2019)

Where do I begin?

Microsoft Office Certification Exams are a performance-based timed exam and conducted in a "live," or simulated, environment. Candidates receive 5-7 small projects with tasks that build on each other.

1 Prepare

Prepare for the exam by utilizing online study resources such as LinkedIn Learning and GMetrix practice exams. GMetrix is an excellent resource to help you prepare for the Microsoft Office certification exams. These practice exams contain a training mode, which allows you to view hints and retry missed questions, and a timed testing mode, which simulates actual testing conditions. Also, visit our study resources tab to find the exam objectives for the test you are wanting to take.

2 Practice

The best way to ensure success is practice often! Be sure to review each practice test as not all exam objectives may be covered in one exam. Students who score an 800 or higher on at least one practice exam are more likely to pass on their first try.

3 Certify

Register for the official certification exam. Exams are proctored by the IT Training Team. Test candidate Exam Policies and information on Accommodation of Disabilities may be found at Certiport.com.

Students: If you are taking a Microsoft Office exam as part of a course requirement visit your Canvas course for your class specific access code. 

All other SMU community members who are interested in obtaining access submit a Help Ticket to obtain your GMetrix access code and receive information on how to schedule your exam.

Get a GMetrix access code

Becoming a Adobe Certified Associate

ACA LogoThe Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification is an industry-recognized credential that demonstrates proficiency in Adobe digital skills. Whether you're just starting out in your career, looking to switch jobs or interested in preparing students for success in the job market, the Adobe Certified Associate program is for you.

Adobe has two levels of certification:

Associate

The Adobe Certified Associate is available for the different Adobe tools, each of which is aligned with a different digital career or industry.

Specialist

Earning a Specialist certificate allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise with the most common skills required for a specific industry. Requires completion of three ACA certifications.

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification is available for the most popular applications in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Available Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications

  • Digital Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)
  • Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator (2018)
  • Multiplatform Animations Using Adobe Animate CC (2018)
  • Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign (2018)
  • Visual Design Using Photoshop CC (2019)
  • Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver (2018)

Adobe Digital Badges

Adobe Certified Associate Specialist certificate

More and more, careers in top creative industries require mastery of more than one Adobe Creative Cloud tool. That's why Adobe created the ACA Specialist certificate. Earning a Specialist certificate allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise with the most common skills required for a specific industry:

  • Adobe Certified Associate Visual Design Specialist
    Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign within three years to earn this specialist certificate.
  • Adobe Certified Associate Video Design Specialist
    Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects within three years to earn this specialist certificate.
  • Adobe Certified Associate Web Design Specialist
    Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Animate within three years to earn this specialist certificate.

Benefits of Being Certified

  • Allows Faculty to focus more on methodologies and spend less time on applications.
  • Supervisors may utilize certification studies to close skill gaps
  • Students can digitally broadcast their accomplishments with MOS 2016 online badges.  These digital badges contain verifiable data that tell employers and admission committees what the student did and why it matters.
  • Prepares students for advanced level courses and increases marketability.
  • 91% of hiring managers consider employee certification as a criterion for hiring
  • 81% of hiring mangers feel that certified individuals perform better
  • 79% of hiring managers feel that certified individuals are more efficient
  • 50% more likely to be hired Full Time


 

Study Resources for Certifications

Whether you are looking to get certified on the Office suite or using Creative Cloud, these resources will help to get you up to speed.

Adobe Certified Associate certification

Digital Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator

Multiplatform Animations Using Adobe Animate CC

Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign

Visual Design Using Photoshop CC

Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver