Highlight your productivity skills at Microsoft’s Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando

Kit McDonald

Students are heading into the 15th annual Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship to test their skills and compete for the title. Presented by Certiport, Inc, this championship is a series of skill tests for Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2010 and 2013). Students compete locally, climbing the ladder to the top of their respective country until they turn towards the potential of being named the World Champion.

To enter, students had to complete an exam to get certified in one or more of the Microsoft Office products. This year, there are only five compared to the six hosted for last year which included Microsoft Word 2010 originally.

After a busy year of entries and competitions, it all comes down to this pivotal moment for five very intelligent students. This year’s first place winners will take home a trophy along with a possible cash prize of up to $7,500 depending on their specialty. Last year, the competition attracted more than 600,000 candidates from over 80 different countries across the world. Only 145 finalists made it to the competitions, and in the end, there was only a single winner for each Microsoft Office product. It can only be expected that this year would have a larger turnout than the previous.

The MOS World Championship is already underway in Orlando, FL at the Certiport 2016 Global Partner Summit. The summit also includes the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship side by side with the MOS World Championship. You can watch both awards broadcasts on the official Certiport stream page. Also during the Summit, Certiport provides four days of interactive sessions, program updates, and networking opportunities for their competitors.

But MOS doesn’t stop this week. Entries are always open for next year’s competition. If you want to test your mettle against the best certified specialists for Microsoft Office products in the world, be sure to get your entries in by December 16, 2016, for the United States Fall Qualifier.