Thought you might be interested in the new certifications geared toward the client-side of Business Applications!   Susan

 

Introducing: Business Certifications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System (Worldwide)

The new Microsoft Business Certifications are structured differently than the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications you may be familiar with from Microsoft Office 2003. The new credentials include two certifications--Microsoft Certified Application Specialist and Microsoft Certified Application Professional--intended to validate your skills on a specific Office application and your ability to apply the technology to job functions, respectively. The first exams, on Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, will be available in March 2007.

Microsoft Business Certification: Certification Datasheet

New enhancements to the Microsoft Certification Family

The new Microsoft Business Certification features a series of verifications that provide a simple framework for skills qualification and validation. The verifications include an entry-level Microsoft Official Pre-Test, an Application Specialist credential that validates skills at the individual application level for the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and an Application Professional credential that validates cross-industry job skills.


Baseline skills identification

 

Microsoft Official Pre-Test Series

Microsoft Official Pre-Tests provide a simple, low-cost way for individuals to determine their skill level. Pre-tests are taken online, making the first step toward certification easy and convenient. After taking the pre-test, individuals can receive a custom learning path with recommended training, Microsoft E-Learning, and Microsoft Press Step-by-Step Books to help prepare for certification exams.

New Microsoft Business Certification credentials

 

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Series

The core Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Program credential has been upgraded to validate skills with the 2007 Microsoft Office system as well as the new Windows Vista operating system. The Application Specialist certification targets Information Workers and covers the most popular Microsoft Office applications such as Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Excel 2007, and Outlook 2007.

 

Microsoft Certified Application Professional Series

The new Application Professional certification is designed to meet the needs of workers who use the 2007 Microsoft Office system to deliver on specific projects and tasks. This credential demonstrates advanced, cross-industry skills and collaboration capabilities. The focus areas include managing budgets, managing presentations, and managing team collaboration.

 

Microsoft Official Pre-Tests and Microsoft Business Certification credentials will be released