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MOS Master 2013 requirements simplified

MOMS2013So you are an Ace at Microsoft Word but not so in Microsoft Excel. Or maybe the other way around. You are the Guru at Microsoft Excel but use Word simply as a typewriter. You want to become certified and show your skills. You are ‘the Master’. But how do you become a master in Microsoft Office if you do not have the skills for both applications? Well be prepared to get certified because requirements to become a master have changed.

Less certifications to become a master!
Yes, it’s true. As of january 5th 2015 you need less certifications to become a MOS Master. Does this not devaluate the certification you might think? No way I will explain why it has become easier to get the master certificate and why it still holds its value.

Back in the good old days
You needed to be very good in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (or Access) to become a master. Office 2013 did not make it any easier. It became even worse. You need to get an additional certificate to call yourself a master. A total of 6 exams is needed. Word and Excel was splitted into to expert exams. Wow you can imagine that a lot of people out there passed their chances when hearing about those requirements. I took the challenge and passed them all but what a challenge it has been!

Microsoft Word Expert – Microsoft Excel Expert
Better insights and feedback learned that it is not motivating trying to achieve a credential if you also need to take an exam in an area that you are not that comfortable in. So they split it up!

Become a MOS Master through the track that suits you well
You are great with Word right? Well choose the Word Track to become a master. You are the master of Excel? Well then choose the Excel track. You are good in everything (a true Office Ninja?) then take the expert track!

Requirements as of january 5th 2015

New MOS 2013 Master Certification
Track Required Elective (select 1) Total Exams
Word 77-425: Word 2013 Expert Part 1 77-422: PowerPoint 2013 4
77-426: Word 2013 Expert Part 2 77-424: Access 2013
77-420: Excel 2013 77-423: Outlook 2013
77-419: SharePoint 2013
77-421: OneNote 2013
Excel 77-427: Excel 2013 Expert Part 1 77-422: PowerPoint 2013 4
77-428: Excel 2013 Expert Part 2 77-424: Access 2013
77-418: Word 2013 77-423: Outlook 2013
77-419: SharePoint 2013
77-421: OneNote 2013
Experts 77-425: Word 2013 Expert Part 1 No Elective Required 4
77-426: Word 2013 Expert Part 2
77-427: Excel 2013 Expert Part 1
77-428: Excel 2013 Expert Part 2

data from: www.certiport.com (additional info available on the site here)

Legacy certification – Office 2010?
The above described requirement changes apply to Office 2013. But what about Office 2010? Well those requirements did not change. Those certifications requirements have only one expert exam to take for Excel and Word. Complete it with PowerPoint and one elective and you are good to go.

So what’s keeping you from jumping up and down. Get on those Excel boots, dust off your Microsoft Word basic skills and become a Microsoft Office Master in 2013! If you succeed post it here and let me know. If you need some additional tips take a look at the MOS Certification section on this blog.

May The Force Be With You

MOS 2010 Bootcamp

Now is the time to plan that extra time to get certified. You are just a couple of certs away of becoming a MOS Master. My company has a special bootcamp set up just for you. The last week of July 2012 is the time to join MOS 2010 bootcamp. We will prep you for all the necessary exams to become MOS specialist in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2010. This will be no picnic because in one week all those apps will be on the agenda. So who is this bootcamp for anyway? We’ll as one might understand you need to have working experience with the applications mentioned above. Why? Simple you can not get certified in something you haven’t used before! So the target audience are Information Workers already familiar with the applications. If you have the necessary experience and are up for the challenge we will guide you through the process of becoming MOS certified!

The Next Step
What is the next step if i get MOS certified? What if i am already certified and want to become MOS Master? Well then MOS Master 2010 Bootcamp is the one you are looking for! This one is scheduled for the first week of August 2012. For this bootcamp we are looking for Information Workers who are ready for the next step. To become Mos Master one needs to complete the Excel Expert, Word Expert exams with the additional PowerPoint and Outlook regular exams. Remember they don’t call these exams Expert exams for nothing. This means that we are looking for users who have the necessary skills to go beyond the standard functionality of Word and Excel. But boy does this give you a great feeling once you have mastered all the certifications and you get presented the additional MOS Master certificate 🙂

Target Audience
Our company is based in the Zoetermeer in the Netherlands. Does this mean that i can’t join the party? Well no everyone can join the party but we are focussing on Ducth Information Workers. If you are not from the Netherlands and you are interested in following our bootcamp then just send a mail to my company. State that you are interested in following the bootcamp and i’ll see if I can come up with a plan to satisfy our international audience. This means that there might be an additional bootcamp being scheduled based on request. How cool is that.

So there is only one thing to do and that is to visit our website to download that bootcamp information factsheet and register. This will be in Dutch. You want this one in English as well? Just pop a mail to the mailaddress you’ll see on our website.

Summerschool and Bootcamp Info can be found here: Summerschool and Bootcamp (if the link is broken or doesn’t work let me now pls).

Happy bootcamping and become one of the MOS Masters of the Universe 🙂 May the force be with you.