Mous is the best way forward
Marketing assistant, Monarch Recruitment
The Microsoft Office User Specialist is an industry-wide accreditation that will certify your expertise in MS Office.
There are two levels of Mous certification - core and expert - and you can gain accreditation in all areas of Office.
Most courses run for about 10 weeks on a part-time basis, culminating in a 45-60-minute exam.
Mous accreditation will give you the product knowledge to train others, although the crucial element is your own ability to communicate your knowledge to others. If you are comfortable training others, Mous accreditation will provide all the technical skills you need to solve problems and coach.
There are a variety of alternatives available. The most compelling of these is to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). This will permit you to train others.
However, this qualification is designed to lead you to instruct IT professionals at Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centres, and you need in-depth product knowledge to be eligible.
People who follow this route are aiming to become full-time Microsoft trainers - therefore you must decide whether this fits in with your career plans.
To conclude, Mous accreditation is the best way forward for you - it will give you a thorough knowledge of MS Office which you can then use to educate others, and potentially obtain MCT status.
From a personal point of view, whatever Microsoft accreditation you gain will increase your marketability should you decide to make a career move anytime in the future.
The panel: Apex, MBS International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, ITNTO, Monarch Recruitment, Reed Computing
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This was first published in August 2000