Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

When you become certified, your knowledge, efficiency and productivity increase, elevating your professional value and opportunity for advancement. Plus, you’ll build credibility by possessing a professional designation that is recognized around the world; grow personally and professionally; and have more confidence when tackling assignments.

You CAN do this. You’re *already* using the technology!

Learn more about certification

Most recent webinar was held Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2018

Request the free 60-minute webinar now!

Curious about getting certified in Microsoft Office?

What you will learn from this session:

Types of MOS Certification

Determine which certification path to pursue and exactly which exams to take — and which ones to skip — based on your goals.

Preparing for your certification exams

Discover Vickie’s recommended approach when preparing for your exams and which exam to tackle first.

The time and financial investment involved

Understand how much effort, time, and money it takes to pursue certification and how quickly you can get this done.

About the webinar presenter:

Vickie Sokol Evans, Founder of The Red Cape Company, is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 20 certifications.  Vickie had no idea certification for Microsoft Office was even a thing when in 2005, she overheard her colleague Lisa mention it to another adult learner in the class Vickie was teaching.  At the time Vickie had 10 years’ experience using Microsoft Office and 7 years’ experience teaching it. After interrogating Lisa, Vickie’s only witness to this new phenomenon, Vickie did quite a bit of research on Microsoft’s website about the certification options and bought stacks and stacks of books to prepare for her first set of exams.

Since then she’s successfully studied for and passed over 20 “Core” and “Expert” exams on her first try and has perfected the MOS certification process despite Microsoft’s and Certiport’s valiant attempts to throw us off the path by changing exam formats and certification paths.

While Vickie is forbidden to tell you what’s on the exams, she can shorten the amount of time it takes for you and your entire team to get certified in the programs you use every day. Plus, she’ll share ideas on the best way to prepare for exam day.

You’ll wonder why you didn’t pursue certification sooner. She did.

Webinar FAQs

Does this session apply to Mac?

MOS Certification is only available for Office for PC. There currently isn’t certification available for Office for Mac users.

Are you ready to get certified?

Option 1: Get certified with Vickie – Purchase the Study Group Bundle

  • Includes GMetrix Prep Software for all versions and all exams for one individual
  • Individual membership in our private Facebook group for ongoing support during your certification prep
  • RedCape MOS Certification Action Plan to track your progress
  • Regular check-ins via email
  • Step by step instructions via email walking you through the process
  • Guidance from me and the RedCape team for advanced concepts

Retails for $225.

Purchase the Bundle

Option 2: Prepare on your own: Purchase GMetrix Prep Software only

  • Includes GMetrix Prep Software for all versions and exams
  • Use the Testing Mode to assess yourself to see if you’re ready to take your exam
  • Use Training Mode to walk through all the questions and get help when you need it
  • Access the prep software at work or at home
  • Need corporate pricing for multiple users? Reply to this email for details.

$75 gives you access to all the prep exams for all versions

Get GMetrix (w/o the Study Group)

Option 3: Join the private Study Group only

If you already have a license to GMetrix or if you plan to study using other methods, but would still like guidance through the process, then join our private Study Group. You receive:

  • Membership in our private Facebook group for ongoing support during your certification prep
  • Regular check-ins via email
  • Step by step instructions via email walking you through the process
  • Guidance from me and the RedCape team for the advanced questions you can’t figure out

The Study Group Retails for $150 per person.

Join the Study Group (w/o GMetrix)

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:

  1. Specialist: Pass one of the “Core” exams.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

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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!