(MOS 2016): Getting students and working professionals to be certified as Microsoft Office Specialists

By Thevagi Selvamaney, Lecturer, School of Communication & Design

What is Microsoft Office Specialist Certification?

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification is an exam that tests the candidate’s knowledge on Microsoft Office. Microsoft offers a specialist certification for its Office 2016. There are five tests in this certification program. However, it is possible to become a specialist in specific parts of Microsoft Office.

The Microsoft Office Specialist Program provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through their new project-based testing, thereby giving students and professionals real-world exercises in appraising their understanding of Microsoft Office. This guarantees that every certified user has demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Office, thereby preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.

What information is tested?

The candidate must pass five examinations to receive the MOS Certification. This examination covers every part of Office 2016 :

  • Exam 77-725 (Word 2016: Core Document Creation, Collaboration, and Communication)
  • Exam 77-727 (Excel 2016: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation)
  • Exam 77-729 (Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016)
  • Exam 77-730 (Microsoft Office Access 2016)
  • Exam 77-731 (Microsoft Outlook 2016)

How does an MOS Certification Benefit the Individual?

People should look at getting an MOS Certification even if their employers do not recommend it. It gives someone’s resume a boost, and the person will increase his or her potential income. After receiving the MOS Certification, he or she can further his or her career by becoming an MOS Expert or Master. Only a few tests separate the basic certification from the Master certification. The higher credentials will definitely make the candidates more attractive to companies.

How does an MOS Certification Benefit the Education Industry?

From students to administrators, the education industry is behind in preparing students for success in colleges or the workplace. An MOS Certification makes sure that the curriculum and course effectiveness is optimized. Students are able to focus on the content, while teachers and administrators can help increase the students’ education. It is vital that teachers and the administration remain up-to-date on technology in order to ensure that the effectiveness of the education is on par with the workplace.

How does an MOS Certification Benefit Corporations?

When employees at any level of an organization are not proficient in Microsoft Office, the productivity of the company decreases. An MOS Certification for employees and the management will benefit the company by maximizing the productivity levels. It can also assist in keeping documentation organized. This will decrease the amount of time and money spent on training employees on the technology the company uses.

What does an MOS Certification offer the Governmental?

It is vital that people in government jobs know how to properly use Microsoft Office. With the MOS Certification, employees will have the necessary skills that every employer needs, thereby allowing them to meet the goals of the company. Microsoft offers governments the ability to create presentations and slide shows for the public. Extensive knowledge of using spreadsheets and emails is necessary when collecting information from the constituents, especially when issuing cash assistance and other government-funded programs.


This is a tried and true way to success for all. Most of SEGi College Kuala Lumpur’s staff have already successfully completed the MOS2016 certification and have been certified as Microsoft Office Specialists by Microsoft.

The Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is a guarantee that every level of personnel in the company is fully capable of working with Microsoft Office. The more employees the company has that have the MOS Certification, the more Microsoft rewards the company by collaborating with them. The trust that is put into Microsoft will be transferred to the companies they collaborate with.

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