This short-term certificate provides knowledge and skills in preparation for the Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) exams. Students enrolled in this certificate program will acquire competencies in advanced word processing, spreadsheet design and use, presentation software, email application features including calendaring, and database maintenance.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Students must be able to touch type at a combined speed and accuracy rate of 25 wpm.  Typing placement test available in Campus Assessment Centers.  Students who do not achieve appropriate score on placement test must complete BT-1000 Keyboarding and Document Formatting course and pass with a minimum grade of C prior to entrance to this certificate program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Determine and use various workplace application software to develop, document, and manage office projects, procedures and systems.

  2. Build, edit and maintain spreadsheet solutions in Microsoft Excel to automate manual or outdated processes.

  3. Build and maintain databases in Microsoft Access in order to track and manage data.

  4. Design, create, maintain, and enhance presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint in order to deliver ideas and information.

  5. Create, edit, enhance and review documents in Microsoft Word.

  6. Utilize calendaring and task features in Outlook.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
Select one of the following: 3
Business Math Applications  
Applied Accounting  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours6
First Semester
BT-1201 Word Processing 3
BT-2040 Emerging Workplace Technology 3
BT-2210 Presentation Software 2
BT-2300 Business Database Systems (Access) 3
 Credit Hours11
Second Semester
BT-2200 Advanced Word Processing 3
BT-2220 Business Spreadsheet Applications (Excel) 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours23