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Online, Open Enrollment with a Personal Learning Coach$2,300.00

This program is designed for individual learners – it can also be customized for group delivery in your organization. Contact a learning consultant for more information.

Learn the must-have, in-demand skills “by the book” in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and reinforce or update skills you already had. The content in this program is mapped to the Microsoft MOS Specialist Certification, so this can be a valuable preparation tool if you are planning to take the certification exam in one or all of these applications.

  • Office Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Administrative
  • Research Analyst
  • Office Coordinator
  • Department Coordinator

The Opportunity

According to The Ladders $100K+ Club, those higher-end white collar jobs need to have MS Office skills just as those in positions well below the $100K level do. Possessing formal knowledge and skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are will give you the edge over the competition, and absent these skills, might result in your being left behind. Stand out with your Rutgers Certificate.

Program Benefits

This certificate will position you with the confidence that you can say “yes” when asked if you bring these skills with you, ready to go on day one of that next job, and will empower you to produce documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and be a power emailer and scheduler like the pro you are.

With the guidance of your Rutgers Personal Learning Coach, you will have the confidence and knowledge to make significant contributions to this critical, strategic function at your current employer or prospective employer.

What You Will Learn

The main goal of this certificate is to enable you to develop skills and competencies that employers are looking for in the following areas (Office 2016): 

  • Beginning and Intermediate Word
  • Beginning and Intermediate Excel 
  • Beginning and Intermediate PowerPoint
  • Beginning and Intermediate Outlook

At your option, you can pursue the MS Office Specialist: Associate path (Office 2019/365) or MS Office Specialist Expert path (Office 2019/365).

The busy schedules of professionals and rising executives, Rutgers has developed a powerful hybrid learning model that combines the flexible delivery of self-paced, online learning with that of a seasoned professional – a Personal Learning Coach – who serves as a learning and career guidant to mentor you through successful completion of your program and set you up for success to achieve your career aspirations.

Individualized support by industry experts:To assure your learning supports where you are and where you want to go in your career, our personalized delivery model teams you up with a learning coach who will meet with you virtually during the course of your study. In your initial meeting, you will discuss your career objectives with your personal learning coach. Over additional scheduled one-on-one virtual meetings they will discuss your questions, homework assignments, and connect your learning to your job and career to make sure you get the most from the material presented and maintain your focus on the learning goals you have set for yourself.

Project Based: You will apply the concepts you learn in a project that you can draw upon as you interview for your new role. Because the project simulates actual work duties of professionals in this field, the project offers you an opportunity to showcase the skills and competencies that employers are looking for in hiring and promoting professionals in their organizations.

Flexibility: Learn on the days of the week and times of day that fit your schedule: E-Learning is available virtually 24/7/365.

Who Should Attend

This program is geared towards individuals seeking to enter a business work environment across a variety of industries,

This program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Contact us for more information at or by completing the Request for Information.

Why Rutgers

Earn a credential to put on your resume that showcases your skills to support career success from a trusted public institution serving the people, businesses, and government agencies in the state of New Jersey for over 250 years.

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