An introduction to Microsoft qualifications

You can become a Microsoft Office Specialist or a Microsoft Technology Associate in the IT Training Unit. Find out more about them, the training available and how to book an exam.

What is it?

MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification is an industry standard qualification. It shows you can use the Office products effectively. Preparing for the exams will improve your knowledge of all the features of Office. It will increase your skills and confidence and let you be more productive. There are three levels of Microsoft Office qualification and more information can be found on the Microsoft Office Specialist, Expert or Master page.

MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) certification is an entry level technical certificate. It is designed to help you take your first step toward a career as an IT professional. More information can be found on the Microsoft Technology Associate page.

What training is available?

Free e-learning is available to all University of Leeds staff and students via the Microsoft IT Academy, and access to further resources will be granted to help with self study.

How much does it cost?

The MOS exams cost £50 and the MTA Exams cost £70 (for members of the University of Leeds only). This only covers the cost of the exams and does not include any training. Exams are only available for University of Leeds staff and students.

When can I sit the exams?

To arrange a date for your exam please email