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Microsoft Office Specialist

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Microsoft Office Specialist emphasizes advanced training on word processing, spreadsheet, and database software for business purposes. This certificate builds upon the knowledge and skills gained by the CCL in Microsoft Office Professional for use in various business settings. This certificate helps prepare students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification examinations. This certificate embeds into the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Information Technology.


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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Microsoft Office Specialist (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2021

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

This program replaces: CCL/5218 Advanced Computer Usage and Applications

What You'll Learn
  • Discuss the role of computer information systems in developing business solutions. (CIS105)
  • Create macros using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). (CIS105, CIS114DE, CIS213DE, CIS214DE, CIS217AM)
  • Prepare business documents in Microsoft Word using advanced word processing features. (CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS213DE)
  • Develop complex workbooks using Microsoft Excel. (CIS105, CIS114DE, CIS214DE)
  • Create advanced relational databases using Microsoft Access. (CIS105, CIS117DM, CIS217AM)
  • Produce presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. (CIS105, CIS118DB)
  • Manage files using the Windows Operating System. (BPC270, CIS105, CIS121AE, CIS122AE, MST150++)
  • Utilize Microsoft Project to manage business projects. (CIS124AA, CIS124BA, CIS224)
  • Integrate Microsoft applications to meet multi-faceted business needs. (BPC/OAS111AA, BPC270, CIS105, CIS113DE, CIS114DE, CIS117DM, CIS118DB, CIS121AE, CIS122AE, CIS213DE, CIS214DE, CIS217AM, CIS224, MST150++)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
The following courses are required and included in Microsoft Office Professional CCL
BPC/OAS111AAComputer Keyboarding I (1) OR
Permission of Program Director (0)0-1
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
Permission of Program Director (0)0-3
CIS113DEMicrosoft Word: Word Processing3
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
CIS118DBDesktop Presentation: Powerpoint3
BPC270A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support (3) OR
CIS121AEWindows Operating System: Level I (1) AND
CIS122AEWindows Operating System: Level II (1) OR
MST150++Microsoft Windows (3)2-3
CIS124AAProject Management Software: Level I (1) AND
CIS124BAProject Management Software: Level II (1) OR
CIS224Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows (3)2-3
The following courses are required in Microsoft Office Specialist CCL
CIS213DEAdvanced Microsoft Word: Word Processing3
CIS214DEAdvanced Excel Spreadsheet: Level II3
CIS217AMAdvanced Microsoft Access: Database Management3

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