Course Code: GES844
Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to succeed in a business setting. Understand the basics of office technology, how to further your career, and best practices for time management.
Cover the basic functions of Microsoft Excel. You’ll learn how to enter date, format worksheets, and use formulas. Move on to intermediate and advanced offerings of the software, including working with lists and illustrations, recording and using macros, and understanding new features.
Create a Microsoft Word document and learn how to input text and images, how to edit documents, and the various functions of the toolbar. Continue on to intermediate and advanced Word functions, including protecting documents, how to manage mailings, and comparing and combining documents.
Learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation. Use basic functions to format presentations, add text and images, and more. You’ll also cover advanced functionality like using special effects, incorporating SmartArt, and how to share and secure a presentation.
Understand Microsoft Outlook and how to best use its functions. In addition to learning basic messaging techniques, learn how to organize contacts, work with the calendar, use a signature or theme, and how to work within multiple email accounts.
Receive an overview of the Microsoft Access user interface and learn the fundamentals. You’ll cover tables, queries, forms, reports, macros, and more.
Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts.
She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.
There are no prerequisites to take this course, however you must have familiarity with using a personal computer and in a Windows environment. You must also be able to launch and close programs, navigate to information stored on the computer, and manage files and folders.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. Manuals are included as downloadable PDFs throughout the course.
Microsoft is a global leader in software development and technology solutions. Microsoft programs such as Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint are used both at home and at work. Microsoft provides certifications in these programs that range from beginner to expert level, helping professionals realize their full potential. Whether you want to learn a single program or the entire Office Suite, completing a Microsoft-certified course is the first step.
After losing an office job I'd held for 12 years, I knew I needed to learn the latest software programs out there. As I was job searching, I was also gaining knowledge and even told prospective employers that I would soon be certified in Office 2013. They have been impressed and my current employer still asks how it is going. I landed the job of my dreams in a Public Relations firm and the skills I learned are being used daily. Thank you!"
Awesome experience! Would do it again in a heartbeat."
Although the material may seem intimidating at first, the lessons, instructors, printing materials and videos are great tools to guide you along the way."
Exceptional Self-Paced Course - Easy to follow with plenty of time for completion."
I thoroughly enjoyed the training. The time allotted to grasp the information and the practice was sufficient. I learned so many new things and found myself often saying, "wow, I like that!" or "wow, I didn't know that." I can't wait to put into practice all I've learned. It was a great experience!"
It's fun and I love that you can go back over things that you need just a bit more training on."
Great educational course! I would recommend it to anyone who needs to freshen up their skills!"
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes. After successful completion of this course, you will receive exam vouchers for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams 77-418, 77-425, and 77-426 (Word), 77-420, 77-427, and 77-428 (Excel), 77-422 (PowerPoint), 77-423 (Outlook), and 77-424 (Access). Exams are typically performance-based and require testers to use the software courses to complete tasks they are likely to see on the job. Each exam will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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As an administrative professional, you will play an important role in keeping an office organized and functioning efficiently. You will perform routine clerical tasks such as answering phones and drafting messages. Administrative professionals will also organize files, schedule appointments, and support other employees within the office. As an administrative professional, you may also be responsible for greeting guests who visit your organization.
A Microsoft Office Specialist is a professional who has demonstrated proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of software. This includes passing certification exams related to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. According to a research study conducted by Microsoft, entry-level professionals who obtain the Microsoft Office Specialist certification can earn up to $16,000 more per year than those without certification.
Microsoft Word is a word-processing software that is used to create documents such as letters, reports, brochures, and more. The technology will help you with spelling and grammar suggestions so you know you are always putting your best foot forward. There are also thousands of templates that will help you create any type of document you need to create as an administrative professional with confidence.
Microsoft Excel is software that allows you to organize data and create spreadsheets. You can also use the course to perform calculations using formulas, create charts and graphs to present information, and forecast future events based on past trends. Microsoft Excel provides administrative professionals with a tool that can be used to quickly and accurately present data in a professional way — adding value by helping others understand pertinent information.
Microsoft PowerPoint is a tool used to create professional looking presentations. You’ll feel confident in your ability to present your ideas with great design, animation, models, icons, and other visual representations. You can even insert presentation notes on each slide so you’ll never lose your place or forget what you’re supposed to say during a presentation. This is the perfect tool for administrative professionals who may design presentations that others in their organization will be responsible for giving.
Microsoft Outlook provides an integrated view of your professional email, calendars, contacts and files. This is a great tool for any administrative professional who needs to manage scheduling and communication with and for others in their organization.
Microsoft Access provides a way to create applications to help you more effectively run your business without being a developer. You can custom design an application or choose from and tailor professionally-designed templates and then share your applications with colleagues to make everyone more productive.
For most administrative professional positions, you will need a high school diploma or equivalent as well as some training which can be obtained in an online course like this one. There is a lot of competition for good administrative professional jobs, so getting formal training and earning a certification will put you ahead of the competition and make you more desirable to employers.
The median salary across all office and administrative support positions according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is nearly $35,000 per year. Your salary will vary depending on the type of administrative job you choose. For example, a financial clerk earns a median salary of $38,680 while a receptionist earns $28,390 and secretaries earn $37,870. According to a research study conducted by Microsoft, entry-level professionals who obtain a certification can earn almost $16,000 more per year than those without certification.
Yes, administrative professionals are in demand, but there is expected to be little change in the total number of open positions in this field through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Technology is expected to play a major role in this profession, so your understanding of courses like those in the Microsoft Office Suite will help you land coveted positions.
Administrative professionals typically work full time hours, between 35- 40 hours per week in an office environment, though some do work part time. It is even possible to work from home depending on your duties and your employer. You will spend large amounts of time in front of a computer using various software courses. You will also interact with other people on a daily basis either in person or via the phone.
In order to be a good administrative professional, you will need good communication skills as you will be responsible for working with people at many different levels within the organization. You will also need good organizational skills, a detail-oriented personality, and the ability to keep information you encounter private and confidential. In addition, you’ll need to have good time management as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, and you will need to be dependable and reliable no matter what tasks you’re assigned. Finally, you’ll need to know how to provide good customer service.
Microsoft Office products are used by 1.2 billion organizations worldwide in virtually every industry. It doesn’t matter is you work for a small business, large enterprise, educational institution, government organization, or nonprofit; the Microsoft Office Suite has a software product designed to help you run your business more efficiently and professionally. By learning the functions of this suite of products and earning certification, you will add value to any employer in any type of organization.