Certification of Digital Skills at Cardiff Met - FAQs

Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate FAQs

What Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate training do you offer?
Who are the courses available to?
When will the course run?
How will the course be structured? How long will it be?
What resources will be available for the course?
How much does it cost?
 

What is the format of a Microsoft Office Specialist exam?
How long is a MOS or MTA exam?
Where do I sit the exams?
When will I get my results?
Do I get a certificate if I pass the exam?
Where can I find out more about MOS or MTA?


Digital Badges at Cardiff Met FAQs

What is a digital badge?
How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
What are the benefits of a badge?
What do I need to do to gain a Cardiff Met digital badge?


I have more questions, how can I get in touch?


 



Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate answers

What Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate training do you offer?

We offer Microsoft Office Specialist courses for Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. We don't offer a Word course yet, but hope to for academic year 2020/21.

We offer a Microsoft Technology Associate course that leads to the Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS MTA qualification. We brand this course as MTA Web Design Fundamentals.

See the Student Courses or Staff Courses page for the links to these courses.

Who are the course available to?

They are available for free to Cardiff Met staff and students.

When will the course run?

The Microsoft Office Specialist courses begin at the start of the Autumn Term 2019 and conclude in December. The MTA Web Design Fundamentals course begins at the beginning of the Autumn Term 2019 and finishes at the end of the Spring Term 2020.

How will the course be structured?  How long will it be?

See the course description pages - you can find links to them on the Student Courses or Staff Courses pages.

What resources will be available for the course?

Key Concept Sessions, bespoke e-learning course, practice projects, Microsoft textbooks and GMetrix practice software.

How much does it cost?

MOS and MTA courses and qualifications are available to Cardiff Met staff and students free of charge

What is the format of a Microsoft Office Specialist exam? And an MTA exam?

MOS exams are project based.  You are given a document/spreadsheet/presentation file and you are required to develop it through a series of tasks.  For example, in the MOS Excel Specialist exam you are presented with a spreadsheet and you may be asked to format it, analyse it using functions and present the data in the form of a chart.

MTA exams are complex multi-choice exams.

How long is a MOS or MTA exam?

MOS exams are 50 minutes long. MTA exams are 45 minutes long.

Where do I sit the exams?

Exams will be held in our Certiport Authorised Testing Centre: T2.22b, Llandaff Learning Centre.

When will I get my results?

Your results will be available immediately after the conclusion of the exam.

Where can I find out more about Microsoft Office Specialist?

Microsoft provide more information on their Microsoft Office Specialist Certification page. Certiport, who administer the exams, also have information about MOS. Likewise, you'll find more information about MTA exams on Microsoft's MTA pages or on the Certiport site.

Do I get a certificate if I pass the exam?

Yes, official Microsoft certificates can be downloaded through your Certiport account.  You can also share your achievement through a digital badge issued in conjunction with www.youracclaim.com.  That badge can be added as an official certification to your LinkedIn profile. You also have the option of claiming a physical certificate.

 


 

Digital Badges at Cardiff Met answers

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

See the Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page for more details.

How does my certification get displayed as a badge?

We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company’s Acclaim Platform. The technology Credly uses on its Acclaim Platform is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

What are the benefits of a badge?

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.

What do I need to do to gain a Cardiff Met digital badge?

You must complete one of our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met training courses and pass the associated assessment.

 

 

I have more questions, how can I get in touch?

Drop us an email: ittraining@cardiffmet.ac.uk