Increased student success

Students who earn MOS certifications have been shown to earn higher GPAs, graduate at a higher rate, and get higher-paying jobs.

Why do you certify?

My MOS story

Certiport and Microsoft believe that everyone with a Microsoft Office Specialist certification has a story to share that can motivate, inspire, and encourage others to succeed. We want to publish those stories and ensure people across the globe are celebrated for becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Office Specialist Expert, or Microsoft Office Specialist Master. More information about My MOS story

Student statistics

Pave the Path from Learner to Earner

  • 5x as many high-salary/high ceiling positions require experience with Microsoft Office than all non-Microsoft software skills combined.
  • 91% of hiring managers consider certification part of their hiring criteria
  • 86% of hiring managers say IT certifications are a high or medium prioirty when evaluating a candidate
  • 64% of IT hiring managers rate certifications as extremely high or high in value for validating skills and expertise
  • 29% of the next decade's high-wage/high-growth jobs will require Microsoft Office or related skills

Pave the Path from Learner to Earner

  • 5x as many high-salary/high ceiling positions require experience with Microsoft Office than all non-Microsoft software skills combined.
  • 91% of hiring managers consider certification part of their hiring criteria
  • 86% of hiring managers say IT certifications are a high or medium prioirty when evaluating a candidate
  • 64% of IT hiring managers rate certifications as extremely high or high in value for validating skills and expertise
  • 29% of the next decade's high-wage/high-growth jobs will require Microsoft Office or related skills

A Clear Market Need

Computer Science is Critical
2% of the STEM graduates qualify for 60% of the STEM jobs
Stem Students
98% All other Math and Science students
2% Computer Science students
Stem Jobs
40% All other Math and Science jobs
60% Computer Science jobs

Why certify? Students tell their stories

MOS Certification Got Me a Job at 15

Ashley Masters was a shy high school student, until she discovered the Microsoft Office Specialist certification program. Find out how Ashley's certifications gave her the confidence to pursue national competitions, a full-time job, and give back to her community.

A job on the spot

Cory Bolles won the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship three years ago. As he traveled home he was offered a tech job at the airport (he was only 14!). Watch this video to see how certification leads to employability.

Student stories

Placing 3rd in the MOS competition in Park City, Utah, was a tremendous experience for me. I learned so much from these courses and certification exams that I never could have from college alone. These certifications and the competition have become huge résumé boosters for my future as I have since been hired by Microsoft.
Ryan Miguel

I graduated with five certifications and got a great job only three months out of college with great pay and benefits.
Nicole Sizemore

My MOS certification made it easier and quicker to write papers and do presentations in college.
Miranda Hill

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