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

Sign-up: Full Course

The course consists of an induction, comprehensive e-learning and practice projects and optional Key Concept sessions. It culminates in the MOS PowerPoint exam. Estimated learning time: 23–36 hours.

There are 3 intakes a year - early October, early January and May to July.

To sign-up for the course, choose one induction option: an induction session or an Anytime Induction that is completed online when you wish. Learn more about an Anytime Induction.


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Sign-up: Key Concept Sessions

Key Concept sessions are optional. They explore some of the course material through worked examples and exercises. They are open to all students & staff regardless of whether you enrol on the full course. See a description of each session.

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Where and how to attend?

Sessions listed as Online (in the Campus column, above) will be held through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link (URL) to the meeting and joining instructions will be sent after booking on a session. In person sessions will be held in a digital skills training room, see directions to our rooms.

Some sessions will be held in person and online, so ensure you choose your preferred booking type when signing-up. We recommend you attend these in person (if you can) but full support will be provided for those joining online.

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 - either an induction session or Anytime Induction. The induction explains the nature and structure of the course and the resources available – a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects, Microsoft textbooks and GMetrix practice software.

The core of the course is the e-learning and practice projects. In complement to those, there are two, optional, Key Concept sessions. These sessions explore some of the more interesting and difficult topics through worked examples and practical exercises.

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. The exams can be taken remotely, from your home.

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:

  • Key Concept teaching: 0 - 2 hours
  • E-learning: 11 - 15 hours
  • Practice projects and GMetrix exam practice: 4 - 6 hours
  • Certification exam: 50 minutes.
For a total of between 17 - 26 hours.

Key Concept Session Details

Key Concept Session 1: Designing Effective Slides

In this session you will learn about the importance of keeping your slide designs simple and the unity design principle. The session then explores designing your own themes with Slide Master in PowerPoint.

Key Concept Session 2: Purposeful Animation, SmartArt and 3D Models

This session focuses primarily on when, why and how to use animation in PowerPoint presentations, but also how to use SmartArt and 3d Models.

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 2019 Exam MO-300 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (PowerPoint 2019: 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

Next steps

MOS Expert and Associate.pngMicrosoft Office Specialist PowerPoint is a self-contained qualification proving you have mastered the principal features of PowerPoint, but there are six other qualifications in the Microsoft Office Specialist family. Cardiff Met offers training and qualifications for the four specialist courses and three expert courses.

If you gain multiple MOS certifications, you can become a MOS Associate or MOS Expert, proving your competence in the whole Office suite. Learn more about MOS Associate and MOS Expert.


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.