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Congratulations David! Our first MOS Master 2016

16 December 2016

Congratulations to David E Sanchez Espinoza on becoming the University’s first person to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Master 2016, since it was introduced in September. Yes, last week was an eventful one for David, as he also graduated with an MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Determined to achieve Master status before he left Salford, achieving this certification felt like an early Christmas present to himself!


David Sanchez Espinoza – MOS 2016 Master

David recommends the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme to all, and not just to enhance a CV.

“I think that many of us are familiar with Microsoft Office applications, but only to a limited level. I wanted to use this opportunity to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. Going through the MOS programme has allowed me to do that.

I now have much more confidence in producing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the workplace. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.”

Want to know more about MOS?

It’s a globally recognised certification programme, and is freely available to all current students and staff at the University.

The training software is aimed at candidates who have an existing knowledge of their chosen application/s, but perhaps need to strengthen or widen that knowledge to become ‘exam ready’.

How many exams you take is entirely up to you – the choices are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and/or Access. Expert level certification is also available in Word and Excel. Or you can aim even higher with the MOS Master certification, as David did, by passing a combination of four exams.

Don’t put it off ’til tomorrow – join the MOS programme today

Graduating this summer? Add ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ to your CV

19 May 2016

Now you can demonstrate to prospective employers that you have the key IT skills that they require, by passing exams in key Office applications and achieving ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ (MOS) certification. In a competitive job market, this globally recognized certification gives a real boost to your CV and is a great way of standing out from the crowd. Image of MOS logo & application icons

What’s available?

  • A choice of seven key Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneNote and/or SharePoint.
  • Three different levels – you choose the right one for you: Specialist, Expert and Master
  • You decide how many exams you want to sit and which applications

What’s the benefit to you?

  • Proven evidence of your IT skills
  • Ideal for those with a good working knowledge
  • Increase your job marketability
  • Improve your academic performance

The Library’s MOS programme is free to all current students. The free online training allows you to build on your existing knowledge, and prepare for MOS exams as it mimics the real thing.

Graduating this summer?

You’re still eligible to sit our MOS exams, as they are running from May to mid-August, with dates added in response to demand. Please note that exams are invigilated, and take place on campus.

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Shaho passes 7 MOS exams in 2 days

6 May 2016

With only the final touches needed to complete his MSc dissertation, Petroleum & Gas Engineering student, Shaho Mohamedali wanted to add MOS qualifications to his CV but only had a short window of opportunity, before returning home to Iraq.

On arrival at the exam session he wondered… could he take the ‘Specialist’ exams for all seven available applications in one day? Well, we’re flexible when we can be. Shaho had met the testing criteria for all seven applications. With his leaving date in mind, we agreed.

So yesterday Shaho sat and passed exams in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote and SharePoint. Alas, time ran out and he had to wait until this morning to take his Access exam. But he’d gained his 7th pass by 10.40am and was free to enjoy the rest of his day in the Salford sunshine!

Congratulations Shaho!



What about you?

Not everyone wants certification in all seven applications – you can sit as many or as few as you wish. If you want to boost your CV whilst developing your existing IT skills…

Join the MOS programme

Our programme is available to all current Salford University students and staff. 2015-16 graduates are eligible throughout the summer, and the exam dates mid-August 2016.

Visit ‘Get qualified’ for details about the programme and how to join

Graduating this summer? There’s still time to add MOS to your CV

If you want evidence of your IT skills and are graduating this summer there is still time to take MOS exams in the applications of your choice. Visit Advantage for dates from now until mid- August. Keep an eye out for new dates too, as they will be added in response to demand.

Our first Microsoft Office Specialist Master!

5 May 2015

Majd Al-tujjar, Microsoft Office Specialist MasterCongratulations to Majd Al-tujjar, a postgraduate student from Computing, Science & Engineering, who is the first person to become a Microsoft Office Specialist Master in a new programme offered by the University to all students and staff.

Twenty candidates have succeeded at individual exams as part of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme, which is free to students and staff across the University.

Majd Al-tujjar passed four exams in quick succession, in Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint and Outlook, to gain the Master qualification.

He certainly recommends the programme to all who want to enhance their CV with this globally recognised qualification. He said: “I always wanted to have a deeper knowledge about Microsoft Office programs than I had already and the MOS certification programme has helped me to get more than I thought. It helps me to demonstrate that I have now the deepest level of skills needed to use Office programs proficiently.”

The MOS programme offers the option of gaining certification in one or more applications or aiming for the Masters certification (a combination of four exams) as Majd did.  For more information on the MOS programme visit

Are you ready to take a MOS exam?

There are two exam dates this month, 7th  May and 28th May. So if you’re MOS registered and are scoring 70% or over in the self-study training software, then you’re ready to book your exam place via Advantage.

Are you ready for your Microsoft Office Specialist Exam?

2 March 2015

Wow! Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 (MOS) candidates have achieved an impressive 92% pass rate so far this year.

So, if you’ve registered for MOS but haven’t got around to trying the software yet, why not take a practice test today and see how you do. You might surprise yourself with how much you already know!

The GMetrix practice tests give you a clear idea of what to expect in a real exam, and when you score over 70% then you’re ready to book a place on an exam session. And of course, you don’t have to sit an exam for every application – which is ideal, if you only want to be certified for one or two applications.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certification

March exam sessions:

Book your place via Advantage, or the date links above. Exam sessions run every month, with more dates added as demand requires.

Hope to you soon!

Get the MOS out of Microsoft

28 December 2014


The Library is offering all students the opportunity of gaining Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010 certification – for free. This is an industry recognised qualification that shows you have proven IT skills – in demand in a competitive job market.

But it’s not just about getting a qualification for your CV. In working towards MOS certification you’ll find yourself tapping into the full capabilities of Microsoft Office, enabling you to complete university assignments and projects with greater confidence and efficiency.

You can gain a single MOS qualification, a few, or all, in the following courses:

  • Word 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • Access 2010
  • OneNote 2010
  • Outlook 2010

How much time will it take?

That depends on your current level of knowledge. Some people will just need to take a few practice tests, which simulate real Microsoft Office Specialist exams, to familiarise themselves with the software and how the questions are phrased, and others will need more time to refresh their skills. If you have little or no knowledge you can use the training software to build up your skills, take practice tests as you wish and take an exam/exams when you feel ready.


To find out more and to register your place on the programme visit Microsoft Office Specialist