LRO Offers Preparation for Microsoft Office User Specialist Certification

Posted: May 16, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Learning Resources Office (LRO) is now offering a Microsoft Word 2000 course designed to prepare individuals to take the Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification exam.

According to Marlys Shoup, LRO coordinator, LRO first offered the Word 2000 comprehensive course early in the spring semester as a pilot program to test the feasibility of conducting such an extensive class and to measure employee interest in obtaining a recognized specialty certification. Although the pilot class will not be completed until mid-June, interest in the course has been so great that a second Word 2000 comprehensive class began on May 3 and a third class, which is scheduled to start in September, is almost filled. The positive attention generated by the Word 2000 class has resulted in LRO’s receiving numerous requests for the same type of class for other Microsoft Office 2000 applications such as Excel and Access.

This course benefits the George Mason community in several ways. First, it teaches the advanced features of the software. After completing previous Word basic and intermediate courses, many employees have requested a class covering the advanced topics. Second, it fits in nicely with the new compensation plan, which provides financial incentives for gaining knowledge and skills that lead to improved job performance. Third, employees who are certified as Microsoft Office User Specialists will be valuable resources for their departments by providing on-the-spot assistance to coworkers.

The Word 2000 comprehensive course consists of 18 weekly three-hour sessions covering specific features of the Word 2000 software that appear on both the core and expert level MOUS certification exams. At the end of the 18 weeks, class participants wanting to take the exam will be offered a special eight-hour MOUS certification exam review.

Feedback from participants in the Word 2000 pilot program has been very positive. Martha Reiner, Human Resources, says she was able to use some of the skills learned in the class to edit and reformat a manual. Mary Hilton, College of Nursing and Health Science, also found the class helpful and is excited about taking the Word 2000 MOUS certification exam.

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