Does certification contribute to professional credibility? YES, according to Certiport survey

Study Overview

Employees with Microsoft Office Specialist certifications clearly contribute to a more knowledgeable and productive working environment. A study of 14,000 Office Specialists and 1,200 supervisors of Office Specialists from North America, the United Kingdom, and Japan confirms that employees with Office Specialist certifications contribute to a more knowledgeable and productive working environment. Office Specialist certifications in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and/or Project improve the workplace not only for employees and their employers but also for their customers.


  • Office Specialist certification increases employee competence, productivity, and credibility.
  • 85% of supervisors say Office Specialists are more productive because of their Office Specialist certification.
  • Office Specialist certification proves individuals have the ability to effectively use Microsoft Office desktop programs.
  • 89% of supervisors say Office Specialists are more proficient users of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Office Specialist exams test relevant skills employees actually use in the workplace.
  • 86% of supervisors say Office Specialists are more credible than non-certified employees.
  • Office Specialist certification supports the hiring process by providing a useful measure for screening and selecting individuals for employment.
  • 71% of supervisors use Office Specialist in hiring, promotion, and advancement decisions.

Study Design

This study was conducted to determine the value of Office Specialist certification to the individuals certified in
one or more Microsoft Office programs and to supervisors of certified Office Specialists. Over 14,000 Office
Specialists and 1,200 supervisors of Office Specialists were given web-based surveys to evaluate the effect of the
certification on their working environment and to rate the value of the certification on employee performance.

View the full report - Microsoft Office Specialist Improving the Workplace EBook.


Managed Solution's corporate culture believes in striving to be the best technology based company by investing in their top assets; their people. The company culture operates like a baseball team, leadership acting as coaches for a team of players that contribute to make customers happy.
In May Managed Solution introduced a new program, Home Run Derby. This program provides fun incentives for their engineers to fulfill Microsoft certifications by using a customized incentive path with a baseball theme in mind. The program is structured to give individuals a customized plan that specially aligns with their daily technical skills, as well as a plan for teams to earn points and money for successfully passing Microsoft certification exams. Managed Solution announces when an engineer hits a homerun and moves up in stats. Their Home Run Derby internal SharePoint site updates this information so engineers and other employees could see weekly highlights and congratulate one another on their progress.
Since the program launched only a few weeks ago, six successful exam certifications have been completed and seven are scheduled for this month. Certifications help engineers grow professionally and as well as help Managed Solution grow as a company.
About Managed Solution:
Managed Solution is the premier provider of outsourced IT support and managed services for small to large size businesses. Founded in 2002, the company quickly grew into a market leader and is recognized as one of the fastest growing IT Companies in Southern California. Managed Solution continues to deliver award-winning services paired with leading business technologies to assist clients in running their business efficiently.

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