Certiport is excited to announce a new competition that COVID can’t cancel – The 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship. This competition has new rules, follows a new format, and still has great opportunities and prizes to win.
We know you may have lots of questions, so we’ve made it easy. Get all the details for our new online competition below.
How do I participate in the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship?
The process is simple! To be named the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Champion, students must have taken a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam between June 16, 2019 and May 14, 2021, have been over 13 years old at the time they took the qualifying exam, have been under 22 years old at the time they took the qualifying exam, and have earned the highest score in one of the following categories by May 14, 2021:
- Microsoft Word (Office 2016)
- Microsoft Excel (Office 2016)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (Office 2016)
- Microsoft Word (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
- Microsoft Excel (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019)
What happens if I’ve already been invited to the 2020 or 2021 MOS U.S. National Championships, for in-person participation?
Due to ongoing issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, Certiport made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 and 2021 in-person MOS U.S. National Championship events. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation, all outstanding invitations are also cancelled.
However, students who qualified for the MOS U.S. National Championship in-person event will automatically have their scores included in the qualifying pool for the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship.
Is there a new qualification period?
Yes, because we want to include students after our previously cancelled events, we’ve expanded the qualification pool. Any exam taken between June 16, 2019 and May 14, 2021 will qualify for the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship.
How do I cancel my hotel reservation?
Hotel reservations should be cancelled directly with the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista or the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.
Do I need to cancel my event registration?
Certiport will manage the cancellation of all in-person event registrations. All additional guest fees will be refunded directly to the credit card with which they were paid in 7-10 business days.
When will winners be notified?
May 14, 2021 is the official closing day for entries into the 2021 MOS U.S. National Championship. Certiport will run the final reports the following week and notify students directly. Students can anticipate receiving their notifications starting on May 19, 2021.
What will winners receive?
All prizes for the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship will be the same as if we held an in-person event. You can see more about that in the “What can students win?” section of this page.
Will there be an awards ceremony?
Of course! We wouldn’t miss the chance to recognize our amazing winners. On June 23, 2021, Certiport will publicly announce the 2021 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Online Championship winners at an awards ceremony that can be viewed online. The link for the awards ceremony will be shared via social media and on the Certiport website leading up to the virtual awards ceremony.
Is anything changing with the 2021 MOS World Championship?
At this point, we are making no changes to the 2021 MOS World Championship. If the event is modified, we will send communication through our CATC newsletter, social media, and announce the updates on Certiport.com.
Where can I get more information about the 2021 MOS U.S. National Online Championship?
More information about our new online competition can be found here.