Frequently asked questions
How many exams do I need to take?
There are three certification levels: Specialist, Expert and Master. Here’s how they work:
- Specialist: Pass one of the “Core” exams.
- Expert: Pass the Word Expert or Excel Expert exam(s). Good news, there aren’t pre-reqs to take these exams. You can jump straight to the Expert exams.
- Master: Pass four exams.
Master is the highest level.
And the good news is, by pursuing Master certification, you’ll achieve your Expert level along the way.
How long it takes to get certified?
It’s based on how much time you have to dedicate to this. If you are working full-time, it’s reasonable that you can complete a Master certification in 3 months to a year. If you’re in between jobs, you can achieve Master certification in 2 weeks to 3 months.
How much does it cost?
You’ll want to budget $200-900 USD depending on your certification goals and study method. The highest budget range includes 4 exams with retake option, proctor fees, prep software, and study group.
Can I take the exams online?
Regrettably, you can’t take the exams online. You’ll have to go to a testing center. Find your nearest testing center here: If there isn’t one in your area, don’t let that stop you! Check out a city where a friend or family member lives and plan your tests around your next visit or your next holiday. There are no restrictions where you can take an exam. What a great excuse to get away to Barcelona, Spain!
I need help convincing my manager. Do you have a letter template I can customize?
Absolutely! Click here to view a sample email you can send to request approval. Customize it, and email your personalized version to your manager. To make your pitch more relevant, include specific projects that will be positively impacted by you achieving certification. Good luck!