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Microsoft Office Administration Certification or Diploma Programs


240 or 140 hours (20 or 14 weeks) 50% Lab, 50% Lecture, including an optional    60-hour internship/externship


Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday (9:00AM until 4:00PM)

Evening classes are likely.  Schedules are subject to change!


Leechburg Campus


Call for scheduled dates

Total Cost:

$6,420 (Please see Financial Aid Programs)
This cost includes tuition, 60-hour internship, and four certification tests ($5,520), admission fees ($35), books ($515), equipment ($100) and materials ($250).

 This curriculum can be taken as a "certification" program (14 weeks ($5,500) or a "diploma" program (20 weeks ($6,420).  Both lead to certifications but the "certification" program is shorter in length.  It includes studies in Microsoft  Windows XP/Windows 7, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

General Information Sessions: Call (724) 845-5100 for dates


Program Objective

The program is designed to prepare the student for a career as an office support specialist.  The program is intended to provide the basic skills required for a person to effectively use the following Microsoft Office applications: Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word in a modern office computer environment.  The program will prepare the student to pass Microsoft Office Specialist Examinations, thereby increasing their employment opportunities.  The program also introduces the student to QuickBooks, Intuits popular accounting and financial software.

The expected outcome for the program is to provide the graduate with the ability to obtain an entry-level position in a wide variety of office support roles including but not limited to: 

  1. Administrative Secretary
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Receptionist
  4. Word processor
  5. Data Entry Clerk
  6. Help Desk Support


Program Overview

Microsoft's premier certification for desktop applications is Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS), the globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills with the Microsoft® Office suite of business productivity applications. MOS certification provides Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project 2003 users with the ability to put their training and skills to the test. By encouraging individuals to develop advanced skills with Microsoft's leading business desktop software, the MOS program helps fill the demand for qualified knowledge workers in the modern workplace. At the same time, MOS helps satisfy an organization's need for qualitative assessment of employee skills.

Entrance Criteria

A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma is required for admission to this Program.  Applicants must also successfully pass the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) with a minimum score of 280 in both the verbal and quantitative categories at the General Education Development (GED) Level 2, in order to be admitted into this program.



Individual application certification's consist of passing examinations in  Microsoft  Excel and Word. These examinations are given at the school. Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology®  has vouchers for these tests available at no cost to the enrolled student.  All students are responsible for certification test costs incurred beyond the two tests included as part of the program.


Microsoft Office Administration Program Content (Diploma)


Windows XP/Windows 7 Professional Level 1

20 hours


Windows XP/Windows 7 Professional Level 2

20 hours


Microsoft Word Level 1

20 hours


Microsoft Word Level 2

20 hours


  Mid-semester Break  


Microsoft Excel Level 1

20 hours


Microsoft Excel Level 2

20 hours


Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1

20 hours


Interpersonal Communication Skills

20 hours

ACCT101 QuickBooks Accounting and Finance 20 hours
MS700 Office User Internship/Externship 60 hours

Total Clock-Hours

240 hours


1.    Each course, with the exception of MS700, consists of 10-clock hours of Theory and 10-clock hours of Laboratory for a total of 20-Clock Hours. 

2.    Course MS700 consists of 60-clock hours of Shop for a total of 60-Clock Hours.


Note:   There is a 60-hour, on-the-job, internship/externship that is optional for this Program.


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