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Microsoft™ Office Specialist
The only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate desktop computer skills using the Microsoft Office programs.
This nationally recognized Microsoft Office Specialist (MOUS) or Mouscertification online training course is a comprehensive, performance-based program that teaches students to be proficient using the popular suite of Microsoft Office 2003 programs including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access. The MOUS program provides computer program literacy, measures proficiency, and identifies opportunities for skills enhancement. Textbooks are included.

There are no specific prerequisites for this course other than an Internet connection and emailing capabilities.

Microsoft Office Word 2003 Expert certification is intended for students and information workers whose responsibilities include the use of Microsoft Word at the expert-level to create, edit and format documents in organizations of every size.

This course is intended for students who want to learn how to effectively use the Microsoft Office 2003 suite of programs. This course will help prepare students to sit for the official Microsoft Office Specialist national certification exam.

Your tuition includes the following textbooks:
     Microsoft® Office Word 2003 Step by Step
     Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 Step by Step
     Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2003 Step by Step
     Microsoft® Office Access 2003 Step by Step
     Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003 Step by Step

It is recommended that these Microsoft products already be loaded on the computer in order to take this course: Word 2003; Excel 2003, Access 2003; Outlook 2003 and PowerPoint 2003.

Older versions of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office XP may be used to take this course, but be aware there will be discrepancies between the textbook, online content, and your Microsoft Office software.

PC Requirements-----
  • IBM-compatible (PC) computer running Windows 2000 or later or Windows XP
    • Microsoft Office 2003 including:
      • Word
      • Excel
      • PowerPoint
      • Outlook
      • Access
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free version) If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you will be provided the link in the Admin Pro course to download the free reader
  • Flash Player. If you do not have the Flash Player, you will be provided the link in the Admin Pro course to download the player. Internet Connectivity
  • Preferred: Cable or DSL internet access.
  • If your internet service provider uses only dial-up, a minimum of 56K connection rate is recommended.

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