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Microsoft Office Training: Professional Certifications

Information about Microsoft Imagine Academy: online training, access, and certification.

* Imagine Academy Training is Currently Unavailable *

Make it Happen

3 Simple Steps:

1.) Create a test candidate account at *Do not register for an exam here!

2.) Contact the Testing Center to schedule your exam.

3.) Review the exam objectives and study!

Exam Format

About the MOS Exam

Pass with 700/1000 points to obtain certification. Scores appear immediately after the exam, and a certificate will be emailed to you.

One free retake may be scheduled after 24 hours. Additional retakes may be scheduled after 48 hours.

Exam Format

50 minutes to complete a series of tasks in a Microsoft Office simulation.

Full Exam Objectives


An accommodation request form may be submitted at the link below. The form must be submitted with documentation of a disability. Review of the request may take 10-14 business days, so please submit as early as possible.

Apply Here

Get Ready

How can I study?

1) Look at the exam objectives found online. Make a list of what you know and do not know. Ask a librarian or the Help Desk if you have any questions.

2) Use the exam study guides available online from the library's Safari eBook Collection. A link to the practice files can be found in each eBook's introduction.

3) Check out the new tutorials for Word, Excel, and Access certification.

4) Look for books on Microsoft Office in the library's catalog.

Student Certification

Learn. Practice. Certify.

Earn a professional credential by passing one of more Microsoft Office product exams. These exams are available free to Pellissippi students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

*Tests at the end of the Imagine Academy courses are not the certification exams. 


New Certifications Available!

The following are available at the Hardin Valley and Strawberry Plains Testing Centers:

Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

  • Introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. (MTA exams do not qualify for MCP certification, nor are they a prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD certification.)
  • About MTA Exams

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

  • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office products, and may be eligible as college credit!

A list of MOS certifications and exams.

Free College Credit

May be granted for up to 25% of the credit hours required for a degree. Students should complete a Credit for Life Experience Form and contact the Business & Computer Technologies Department at 865-694-6495. Proof of certification(s) must be submitted with the form.

  • MOS EXPERT Certification in Word 2016 = ADMN 1311 (previously 1005)

  • MOS EXPERT Certification in Excel 2016 = ADMN 1313 (previously 2621)

  • MOS Specialist Certification in Word, Excel, and Access = INFS 1010

The certification exam can be taken with or without enrolling in these courses. If enrolled, you will be required to complete all work and the final exam, and will not receive additional credit.