Digital Skills Courses for Staff

The digital skills courses for Cardiff Met staff are designed to develop skills staff need to use technology productively at Cardiff Met. 

Our courses include Microsoft Office Specialist courses for Excel, Word Outlook and PowerPoint and a Microsoft Technology Associate course on the fundamentals of web design—all of which lead to official Microsoft certification. Our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met portfolio of courses develop Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Photoshop and Qualtrics skills; the associated Cardiff Met digital badges provide evidence of those skills.

All of our courses are contextualised to Cardiff Met situations; using examples and exercises that will be familiar and relevant to staff.  The aim is to develop appropriate, transferable skills that can quickly and easily be applied in the workplace at Cardiff Met.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) courses and qualifications

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is a globally renowned qualification programme that certifies expertise in Office software. At Cardiff Met we have combined the Microsoft Office Specialist qualification with our bespoke training programme to offer high quality, relevant training that allows you to prove your skills through MOS certification.

There are four MOS specialist courses available for Cardiff Met staff:

  • MOS Excel logo Microsoft Office Specialist Excel - Learn how to analyse, manipulate and present data in Excel. The course will give you the skills you need to master the principle features of Excel 2016. The course uses Cardiff Met specific examples and exercises, together with official courseware from Microsoft to provide comprehensive resources for learning Excel.

  • MOS Word logo Microsoft Office Specialist Word - Learn how to structure and organise your Word documents. The course will give you the skills you need to layout your work professionally, with a particular focus on academic documents. The course will give you the confidence to use the full-range of Word tools you need for your studies or role at Cardiff Met .

  • MOS PowerPoint logo Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint - Learn not only the technical skills required to use PowerPoint productively, but also the design principles behind creating great presentations.  This comprehensive course explores the full range of PowerPoint features and will enable you to create slides to perfectly complement your presentations.

  • MOS Outlook logo Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook - Learn how to process your email, calendar and to-do list more efficiently. The course examines useful, but underutilised tools, such as Flags and Tags, Quick Steps and Search Folders that can help you to be significantly more productive when using Outlook.

Take a look at our Microsoft Office Specialist page to find out more about the benefits of MOS.


Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification

Develop advanced Microsoft Office knowledge and skills and prove that through a Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert qualification.

MOS Excel Expert, MOS Word Expert and MOS Access Expert courses and qualifications are now available to Cardiff Met students and staff, for free.

Visit the Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA): Web Design Fundamentals course

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The MTA: Web Design Fundamentals course develops the skills you need to create, edit and style web pages. On completion of the course, you will be confident in the fundamentals of two key web technologies: HTML and CSS.

Whether you are looking to edit web content – such as Moodle modules, SharePoint intranet sites, blogs or e-lessons – or create your own website from scratch, having a solid understand of HTML and CSS will help to make your pages look great. And you'll have fun doing it!

The course leads to the Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS qualification. This official certification from Microsoft provides proof that you are proficient in the fundamentals of front-end web design, a valued skill.

Take a look at our Microsoft Technology Associate page to find out more about the benefits of MTA certification.

Microsoft Technology Associate - technical training and certification

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) qualifications are technical qualifications offered by Microsoft that prove your digital skills in a range of topics, including programming (Javascript, Python and Java), software development, database theory and practice, security, networking and Windows infrastructure.

In conjunction with our partners, we are able to offer Cardiff Met students and staff comprehensive LearnKey e-lessons and exams for each of the eleven MTA qualifications, for free.

Visit the Microsoft Technology Associate training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Digital Badges at Cardiff Met courses

Cardiff Met's digital credentialing programme provides recognition and evidence of skills and achievements through secure and verifiable digital badges.

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Successfully completing a course and gaining a digital badge proves that you have developed skills that are relevant to your job role. The current range of courses that lead to a Cardiff Met digital badge are:

Visit our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page to find out more about the benefits of digital badges and how they work.

Tools for Teaching

Cardiff Met has a variety of software - such as Microsoft Teams, Adapt Builder, Sway, Stream, Mentimeter and Forms - that can be used to deliver and enhance learning and teaching.

The sessions listed on the Tools for Teaching page will help you develop the skills and practices to use these tools effectively. The sessions available are:Decorative image

  • Creating Online Quizzes
  • Engaging E-lessons with Adapt Builder
  • Microsoft Sway: Using Sway as a teaching aid
  • Teams for Teaching: Managing Teams and Meetings
  • Teams for Teaching: Enhancing Teams Teaching
  • Video, video, video

Streamlining Business Processes

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The Streamlining Business Processes series of training focuses on tools – Microsoft Lists, Power Automate and SharePoint - and methods that can make business processes more efficient. The sessions in this series are:

  • SharePoint Administration in 2021
  • Simple data storage with Microsoft Lists
  • Automating processes with Power Automate

Study Support Software training

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Study Support Training sessions help you make the most of some of the assistive software - such as ClaroRead, MindView and Learning Labs - that are available to Cardiff Met students and staff. The sessions available are:

  • MindView and ClaroRead training
  • Assistive features in Microsoft Office and Learning Labs
  • Daily Digital: MindView Tips - essay and presentation planning
  • Daily Digital: ClaroRead tips - proofreading

Digital Skills Moodle module and Microsoft Team

Digital Skills logo x1200.pngThe Digital Skills Moodle module contains training materials and resources to develop the digital capabilities that students need for their studies, research and future career, and that staff need for their role at Cardiff Met.

The Digital Skills Microsoft Team is used to host our training sessions and is a place for Cardiff Met students and staff to ask and answer questions that will help them build their digital capabilities.


Windows 10 Training

Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft, combines new tools and features with a familiar and easy to use interface.  At Cardiff Met we have incorporated additional software and services, such as OneDrive for Business, into the Windows 10 environment, allowing you to be more productive than ever.

Cardiff Met staff can find out more about  Windows 10 through this e-lesson that lets you learn about Windows 10 at your own pace.

Essential IT: An IT Induction for Cardiff Met Staff

Essential IT Logo.pngOur IT Induction programme, Essential IT, is available for new members of Cardiff Met staff. The course aims to: introduces essential IT systems and software that are used throughout the university, explore best practice ideas when using IT at Cardiff Met and provide avenues of support and pathways for further IT Training.

All staff courses are subject to the standard staff development cancellation fee policy.  If you have any questions, please drop us an email: