Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in a specific Office program. Holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.*

If you are pursuing the higher level Microsoft Office Specialist Expert and Microsoft Office Specialist Master certifications, becoming a certified Microsoft Office Specialist is a great entry point.

Microsoft Office Specialist on Microsoft Office 2013

Office 2013 combines cloud and web technologies to extend the way you create and consume information and introduces a new cloud app model for you to build secure and flexible apps—all discoverable from the familiar Office interface.

Certification titleRequired exam
MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013418
MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2013420
MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013422
MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2013423
MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2013424
MOS: Microsoft SharePoint 2013419
MOS: Microsoft Office OneNote 2013421
Microsoft Office Specialist on Microsoft Office 2010
Certification titleRequired exam
MOS: Word 2010881
MOS: Excel 2010882
MOS: PowerPoint 2010883
MOS: Outlook 2010884
MOS: Access 2010885
MOS: SharePoint 2010886
MOS: OneNote 2010853
Microsoft Office Specialist for the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Certification titleRequired exam
MOS: Word 2007601
MOS: Excel 2007602
MOS: PowerPoint 2007603
MOS: Outlook 2007604
MOS: Access 2007605

Note For information about Microsoft Project certifications, visit the following page:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

* Anderson, Cushing, and John F. Gantz. Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need. IDC/Microsoft. October 2013.

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address MOS certifications. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

What is the exam format?

Exams are primarily performance-based and conducted in a "live," or simulated, environment. Exam candidates taking exams for MOS 2007 or 2010 are asked to perform a series of tasks to clearly demonstrate their skills. For example, a Word exam might ask a user to balance newspaper column lengths or to keep text together in columns. MOS 2013 presents the candidate with a project to build, with tasks and steps that build on each other.

How is the MOS 2013 format different from previous MOS exams?

A.MOS 2010 and earlier versions provide a variety of brief tasks to complete using Office application tools and functions. The new exam format for MOS 2013 presents a short project that the candidate must complete, using the specifications provided. This creates a real-world testing experience for candidates. For more information, check out the View the MOS 2013 demo video.

How long does a typical exam take?

A typical exam takes up to 90 minutes.

Where can I take a MOS exam?

All Microsoft Office Specialist exams are administered by Certiport. Direct your questions about exam schedules and pre-registration to the Certiport location where you intend to take the exam.

Are MOS exams available in different languages?

Yes, Microsoft offers localized exams for the MOS certification.

Where can I find my exam results?

Exam results are displayed on your screen immediately after you complete an exam. Those who pass will receive (by mail) an official certificate within approximately two to three weeks.

Learn the benefits of certification

"The new MOS exams have been designed to test a candidate's ability to use an Office application in a way that's more closely aligned with how they would use it every day."

Sinead Hogan | Certiport