The Certified Microsoft Office Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit program prepares students for employment by meeting the proficiency requirements in today’s business environment. Earning a Microsoft Certification can be the start or continuation of a life-long career path that includes strengthening technical skills and knowledge, collaborating with other technology professionals, and increasing job satisfaction. Whatever path, certification helps get recognition by employers who seek the most qualified IT professionals, developers, and business workers – leading to greater career opportunities. Earning a Microsoft Office Certification credential, can show expertise in using the latest Microsoft Office programs. Certification can help differentiate employees in today’s competitive job market, broaden employment opportunities by displaying advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential. Certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients. The program includes courses in microcomputer fundamentals, information processing, spreadsheet fundamentals, advanced spreadsheet fundamentals, database fundamentals, advanced database techniques, and presentation fundamentals.