Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint

​Learn the design principles and technical skills that are required to create great looking slides that complement your presentations. Once you have developed your skills, prove it by gaining a globally renowned Microsoft Office Specialist qualification.

PowerPoint is synonymous with "presentation", but it takes technical skills and knowledge of visual design to create a good visual aid. The course explores both. You will learn how to use the full range of PowerPoint features and how to apply six design principles to effectively communicate your ideas.

COVID-19 - Flexible learning course structure

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, this course will run as a flexible e-learning course. Learners will have access to all the resources needed to develop their skills, and they will have the opportunity to sit the exam and gain the MOS qualification. The following adaptions to the course will be in place:

  • The initial induction session will be held online through a Microsoft Teams meeting or learners can complete an anytime-induction process.
  • E-lessons and practice projects continue to form the core of the course, as normal.
  • Panopto video recordings of Key Concept sessions will be available.
  • Tutor (and peer) support will be facilitated by the MOS Yammer group.
  • MOS exam sessions will be scheduled as soon as is practically possible when university operations return to normal (i.e. when campuses open for face-to-face learning).

Read on for full course details, or sign-up below


The course consists of an initial Induction and Key Concept session, comprehensive e-learning and practice projects, a second (optional) Key Concept session and culminates in the MOS exam. Estimated learning time: 17–26 hours.

To sign-up for the course, choose one initial Induction and Key Concept session:

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Target Audience

Cardiff Met students or staff.


​Some experience with PowerPoint is recommended, but full training and resources will be provided.


The course and exam are free to Cardiff Met students and staff, but places are limited.

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Very handy to have this opportunity available considering presentations and creating PowerPoint are part of the assessments on my course.

Course Structure

​The course begins with an Induction and Key Concept session. The sessions explain the resources available – a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects, Microsoft textbooks and GMetrix practice software – and will set you off on your MOS PowerPoint journey by exploring the design principles and technical skills required to create great looking slides.

After the initial session, the remainder of the course will be delivered through e-learning, practice projects and an additional Key Concept session.  Tutor (and peer) support is available through the MOS Yammer group

The course concludes with the Microsoft Office Specialist exam; a 50 minute, computer assessed exam in which you have to complete several tasks on realistic PowerPoint presentations.

Visit our Microsoft Office Specialist page to find out more about MOS and the benefits of a MOS qualification.

The amount of learning time depends on your current PowerPoint knowledge, but as an estimate:

  • Classroom teaching: 2 - 4 hours
  • E-learning: 10 - 15 hours
  • Practice projects and GMetrix exam practice: 3 - 6 hours
  • Certification exam: 50 minutes.
For a total of between 17 - 26 hours.

Upcoming Courses

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Specific Learning Outcomes

The key objectives for the course are listed below.  Click on each objective to find out the exact skills that will be developed:

View a PDF of the complete MOS PowerPoint 2016 Exam 77-729 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (PowerPoint 2016: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills) will gain the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint  qualification. You will receive:

  • a physical and digital certificate
  • a digital badge that can be used to share (e.g. on LinkedIn) and verify your achievement
  • students only - Microsoft Office Specialist is a verified Higher Education Achievement Report (replacement for academic transcript) activity that will appear in section 6.1 of the report; another means of proving to employers you have the skills you claim. The course can also be used as evidence of your professional development for PDP modules.


Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about MOS on our Microsoft Office Specialist page.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.