Excel Specialist Certification Program & Exam
The exam you will take is called "Excel 2016: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation" and is administered by Certiport (other versions are available upon request). The cost of the exam and proctoring for the exam is included in the Certification Bundle price. NYIM is an authorized Certiport testing center, and we will work with you before the exam to ensure you're ready for the exam.
Main topics covered on the Excel Specialist Exam:
- Create and manage worksheets and workbooks
- Manage data cells and ranges
- Creating tables
- Perform operations with formulas and functions
- Create charts and objects
See Microsoft's Excel Certification page for more information on the exam topics.
Why choose NYIM's Excel Certification Program?
- Learn in three Excel classes taught by the top instructors in New York
- Free retake for each class and for the certification exam
- Proven track record of success for passing the exam
- Package includes the exam and proctoring at our facility
- Flexible scheduling for classes, private tutoring, and the exam
What certifications are available for Microsoft Excel?
Microsoft offers two levels of certifications for Excel: Excel Specialist and Excel Expert.
While both the Specialist and Expert Certifications are official Microsoft certifications (with 50-minute exams administered by Certiport), the Expert Certification is a higher level of certification and covers more advanced topics.
Here is a basic topic comparison between the certifications:
- Excel Specialist: Create and manage worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells and ranges, creating tables, perform operations with formulas and functions, and create charts and objects.
- Excel Expert: Manage workbook options and settings, apply custom data formats and layouts, advanced formulas, and advanced charts and formulas.
As you can see, the Expert Certification takes each topic to the next level. Essentially, the Specialist exam covers topics mostly covered in our Fundamentals and Intermediate classes, while the Expert exam cover topics from all three levels.
Excel Certification Classes
We offer three Excel classes geared towards passing the various Excel certification exams: Fundamentals, Intermediate, and Advanced.
These classes are included in both of our Excel Certification packages. In these classes, you'll learn calculations, basic to advanced functions, graphs, formatting, tables, printing, Pivot Tables, macros, What-If Analysis and more. Based on just the group classes (with the supplemental video suites and free retakes if you need), you'll have the skillset to pass Specialist Exam. You'll also get two hours of additional private training to tie up some loose ends and get additional practice.
The Expert Exam is more specific and advanced, so we provide an additional four hours of private training in that package. For details on topics covered on that exam, see the Excel Expert Certification page.
Why earn a certification in Microsoft Excel?
According to studies by employment professionals, holding a MOS certification can increase employee salaries by $16,000 or more annually compared to uncertified peers. Microsoft Excel is the among the most necessary (if not the most) crucial skill you can possess in the workforce today. For only $899, you can get 20 hours of Excel training (3 group classes & 2 hours of private training) and earn your Excel certification. The Excel certification exam and proctoring for the exam at our location are included, and you'll even get a free retake for each class and the exam.
See for yourself how getting your Excel certification can transform your career.
Should I get certified in Microsoft Excel?
“Are you experienced in Excel?” is a common, yet poorly-worded question asked by supervisors and hiring managers throughout the professional world. What exactly do they mean by “experienced”? How do you answer such an ambiguous question?
Fortunately, Microsoft saw this frustration and created certifications for all its products. To be certified in Excel means that Microsoft deems your Excel skill set to be recognized as substantial. This removes the relative value judgment from your answer (“I am very capable”) and replaces it with a more qualified judgment (“According to Microsoft, I am very capable”).
But, why become certified? Excel is easily one of the most in-demand skills required by employers. To hold an Excel certification is like having Microsoft write a recommendation letter speaking to your Excel abilities. It allows employers to know that you possess a certain level of knowledge and mental acuity when using the software, which can speak louder than just being someone who is known as being “really good” at Excel.
Excel certification is offered in two different forms: Specialist and Expert. Which level is right for you depends on a lot of different factors, such as familiarity, industry, and ambition, to name a few. The Specialist certification is based more on general Excel skills and functionalities. The Expert certification is much more advanced and specific.
How do you become certified? By taking a test; specifically, a 50-minute, 30+ question, task-based exam. If you score 70% or higher, you become certified! Once certified, you are certified for life.
Is certification worth it? That is a personal choice. But if you are interested in pursuing professional development and being able to clearly communicate your skills, it would certainly be something to think about. After all, the difference between “what we know” and “what other people know, we know” can have an impact on our futures.