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Certiport Announces Availability of Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 Certification

New leading-edge certification builds institutional relevance, strengthens academic curriculum and prepares students for the workforce as Microsoft Office 2010 experts

DENVER (ISTE Booth #2311) – June 28, 2010

Certiport the official test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS) 2010 certification, an industry recognized, standards-based credential for validating Microsoft Office 2010 skills.

The Microsoft Office Specialist certification is the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their skills and advance their careers. It enables individuals to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office 2010 system resulting in heightened confidence, credibility and differentiation. MOS helps students to validate their skills, advance in the classroom and prepare for a 21st Century workforce.

Encouraging teachers and students to quickly migrate to the recently released Microsoft 2010 certification will also help strengthen institution curriculum and programs with industry-standard applications as the basic platform for learning and testing.

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Certiport provides Microsoft users easy access to the relevant certification exams for MOS 2010 through a network of more than 10,000 testing centers in 142 countries worldwide. Certiport will also offer a Microsoft Office Specialist Classroom License for select academic customers providing unlimited tests for a flat yearly fee, resulting in greater access to exams, lower costs and simplified budgeting.

"Now is the time for students and teachers to migrate to Microsoft Office 2010 to show their commitment to staying current with leading-edge tools for the classroom," said Ray Kelly, chief executive officer, Certiport. "Over one million Office certification exams are delivered every year. As they embrace new technology, both individuals and academic institutions show they are at the top of their field and are ready to put these skills to work."

MOS 2010 will impact the academic community by:

  • Allowing students to experience greater success in the classroom and enter the workforce with an important advantage over other job candidates.
  • Giving teachers a powerful tool for measuring and developing digital literacy among their students, while earning their own certification for professional development.
  • Strengthening academic institutions with relevant, state-of-the-art learning and cost-effective solutions so students can develop skills they will need in the workplace.

"A significant gap exists between the supply and demand of office professionals with proficient technical abilities," said Lutz Ziob, general manager, Microsoft Learning. "The new Microsoft 2010 certification program connects schools with the professional world by enabling students to validate skills on Office products with industry-recognized credentials needed in today's workplace."

Certiport is the only authorized provider of Microsoft's Business Certifications. The MOS 2010 Certification program covers the entire Microsoft Office 2010 suite of products including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft SharePoint.

Students can begin taking MOS 2010 Word and Excel exams in English at any Certiport Center worldwide beginning June 30, 2010, with additional languages to follow.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Expert program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC³ Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow Certiport on Twitter at

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