Is a Microsoft® Office certificate worth it?
Yes! Being familiar with Microsoft® Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is often something a hiring manager will look for when trying to fill open positions in an office setting. By learning the basics of these applications and adding a certificate or credential to your resume, you can stand out from the competition in the workforce when applying for jobs. Additionally, a lot of what you learn can be applied to other, similar, open-source applications like Google Docs.
Why earn a Microsoft® Office certificate?
These days, most employers expect new hires to have at least a basic level of understanding of computers and applications like word processors and spreadsheets. By learning the foundational skills to effectively use Microsoft® Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as earning a certificate to add to your resume, you'll be able to confidently display your knowledge and use it in everyday workplace tasks.
Which exams will I be able to sit for upon completion of the Penn Foster Microsoft® Office Certificate?
After finishing your Microsoft® Office 2019 training with Penn Foster, you'll have earned a certificate that you can add to your resume to demonstrate your skills. However, after finishing the program, you may want to become certified in order to further stand out from the crowd. If that's the case, your Microsoft® Office classes can help prepare you to sit for a variety of certifications offered right through Microsoft® including exams on PowerPoint, Excel mastery, and more. Becoming certified in Microsoft® isn't a requirement to list your Penn Foster certificate on your resume. Becoming certified in Microsoft Office applications isn't often a requirement for employment in most jobs. The certificate you earn when you complete Penn Foster's Microsoft® Office 2019 training can be helpful in displaying your skills on your resume. However, if you want to take your experience to the next level, you may choose to take a few of Microsoft's certification exams to boost your resume even more. After completing this program, you should have gained the fundamental knowledge and skills with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to sit for beginner certification exams. It's important to note that, if you do choose to become certified in Microsoft® Office after completing our program, Penn Foster doesn't cover the cost of the exams, which usually start at $100 per test.
How long does a Microsoft® Office certificate last?
Certifications earned through successfully passing a Microsoft® certification exam do not expire. The certificate you earn for completing Penn Foster's Microsoft® Office 2019 Certificate Program doesn't expire either! However, technology grows and changes regularly, so you'll want to update your knowledge every few years.