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.

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.

MOS PowerPoint logo
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.  Attendance at the second Key Concept session is optional, but recommended, as it will explore principle features in detail and are an opportunity to get help from the course team (or we can be reached anytime through email or the MOS Yammer group).

Optional Key Concept 2 sessions will be held on: Wed 6th November 13:00 - 15:00 or Friday 8th November 10:00 - 12:00.

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. There will be multiple exam sessions in weeks beginning 2nd December, 9th December and 16th December. A "mock" exam session will be held in week beginning 25th November.

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.