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Desktop Applications Specialist Certificate

LSU’s Desktop Applications Specialist Certificate Program is designed to help you develop and validate your skills in using the Microsoft Office suite of business software. The courses cover key concepts and skills, and they also assist those preparing to seek certification as Microsoft Office Specialists (Please Note: certification is optional).

The Microsoft Office Specialist program is designed for individuals who use Microsoft’s business desktop software and who seek recognition for their expertise with specific Microsoft products. Certification candidates must pass one or more product proficiency exams in order to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

The courses assume that you are familiar with using personal computers and have used a mouse and keyboard (basic typing skills are recommended). You should be comfortable in the Windows environment and be able to use Windows to manage information on your computer. Specifically, you should be able to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and, manage files and folders.

Professional development courses are open to all participants, not just those pursuing a certificate program. These courses are non-credit and non-degree programs.

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Course Listing

Four core courses and two electives required.

Core Courses

  • CSXK1-Introduction to Excel
  • CWMW1-Introduction to Word
  • CSXMS-Mastering Excel
  • CWMMS-Mastering Word

Suggested Elective (choose 2)

  • CDMAA - Access: Introduction to Relational Database Design
  • CIMMS - Mastering Outlook
  • CGPMS - Mastering PowerPoint
  • CSXBI - Power BI: Data Analysis
$940 (additional $645-745 with electives)
Why choose LSU?

LSU Professional Development is committed to providing you with the latest tools you need to stay ahead in a rapidly changing world.

We offer courses and certificate programs that target high-value, highly practical information that can be applied immediately.

Our instructors are select LSU faculty and proven professionals from business, industry, academia, and leading consulting firms from across the nation.

You can be confident when you team up with LSU we will provide your professionals with a high-quality educational program.

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