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Certification
In addition to their high–quality standards, Align Media eBooks and classroom workbooks, when used in conjunction with our eLearning Nuggets or on their own, cover the topics required for students (and instructors) to pass the exams of the following certification programs:
MICROSOFT OFFICE USER SPECIALIST (MOUS) CERTIFICATION
The Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification program is designed to allow end–users to become certified in different Microsoft Office applications. Depending on the particular application, certification can be achieved at different levels—Core, Expert or Master.
Each level of certification is achieved by passing a corresponding hands–on exam or exams. Hence, depending on the exam passed, an individual may attain, for instance, the MOUS Expert designation in Word XP or the MOUS Proficient designation in Excel XP. MOUS exams carry a fee and are administered by authorized MOUS testing centres.
Chapters sections progress from simple topics to more complex ones, but are designed in such a way so that, in most cases, a chapter can be treated as a self–contained learning lesson. Each chapter section, in turn, can too be treated as an independent learning object. This modularity allows for great flexibility at the time of teaching a course, permitting instructors and learners to adopt a non–linear path if so desired. For people unsure about the order in which they should teach or learn, the order presented in the workbook is the otherwise recommended learning path.
In addition, classroom workbooks have review exercises at the end of each chapter and, where applicable, come accompanied by sample files on disk to complete the exercises.
The table below lists the different MOUS certification exams and the corresponding Align Media eBooks or classroom workbooks which cover the necessary exam topics.

OFFICE XP EXAMS* CORRESPONDING eBOOKS/WORKBOOKS
Word XP Core Exam Introductory Word XP and
Intermediate Word XP
OR
Becoming Proficient in Word XP
Word XP Expert Exam Introductory Word XP and
Intermediate Word XP and
Advanced Word XP
OR
Becoming Expert in Word XP
Excel XP Core Exam Introductory Excel XP and
Intermediate Excel XP
OR
Becoming Proficient in Excel XP
Excel XP Expert Exam Introductory Excel XP and
Intermediate Excel XP and
Advanced Excel XP
OR
Becoming Expert in Excel XP
PowerPoint XP Comprehensive Exam Introductory PowerPoint XP and
Advanced PowerPoint XP
OR
Becoming Expert in PowerPoint XP
Access XP Core Exam Introductory Access XP and
Intermediate Access XP
Outlook 2000 Core Exam Becoming Expert in Outlook XP
*If you pass the following five exams: Expert Word XP, Expert Excel XP, Comprehensive PowerPoint XP, Core Access XP and Core Outlook XP, you attain the corresponding designation in each of these applications plus the Master designation in Office XP. You do not need to write first the Core exam for an application in order to write the corresponding Expert exam.
OFFICE 2000 EXAMS** CORRESPONDING eBOOKS/WORKBOOKS
Word 2000 Core Exam Introductory Word 2000 and
Intermediate Word 2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Word 2000
Word 2000 Expert Exam Introductory Word 2000 and
Intermediate Word 2000 and
Advanced Word 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in Word 2000
Excel 2000 Core Exam Introductory Excel 2000 and
Intermediate Excel 2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Excel 2000
Excel 2000 Expert Exam Introductory Excel 2000 and
Intermediate Excel 2000 and
Advanced Excel 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in Excel 2000
PowerPoint 2000 Core Exam Introductory PowerPoint 2000
Access 2000 Core Exam Introductory Access 2000 and
Intermediate Access 2000
Outlook 2000 Core Exam Introductory Outlook 2000
**If you pass the following five exams: Expert Word 2000, Expert Excel 2000, Core PowerPoint 2000, Core Access 2000 and Core Outlook 2000, you attain the corresponding designation in each of these applications plus the Master designation in Office 2000. You do not need to write first the Core exam for an application in order to write the corresponding Expert exam.
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CAMBRIDGE SKILLS AWARD IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The Cambridge Skills Award in Information Technology has been designed and developed by Cambridge International Examinations, which is a part of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. This prestigious award provides successful candidates with a qualification valued and accepted internationally that demonstrates their skills in information technology to current and prospective employers, co–workers, and educators.
The Cambridge Skills Award in Information Technology can be obtained at two different levels, depending on the examination successfully passed—Foundation level and Standard level.
In either case, the examination includes assessment of the following six areas of information technology, where the Standard level requires more advanced skills than the Foundation level: These exams are administered at authorized testing centres. The table below lists the Align Media eBooks or classroom workbooks which cover the topics required to pass the Foundation exam and the Standard exam of the Cambridge Skills Award in Information Technology.

FOUNDATION EXAM CORRESPONDING eBOOKS/WORKBOOKS
Using the computer and managing files Introduction to PCs and
Introduction to Windows 2000
Word processing Introductory Word 2000 and
Intermediate Word 2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Word 2000
Spreadsheets Introductory Excel 2000 and
Intermediate Excel 2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Excel 2000
Databases Introductory Access 2000 and
Intermediate Access 2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Access 2000
Electronic communication Exploring the Internet and
Becoming Expert in Outlook 2000
Presentations Introductory PowerPoint 2000
STANDARD EXAM CORRESPONDING eBOOKS/WORKBOOKS
Using the computer and managing file Introduction to PCs and
Introduction to Windows 2000 and
Advanced Windows 2000
OR
Introduction to PCs
and
Becoming Expert in Windows 2000
Word processing Introductory Word 2000 and
Intermediate Word 2000 and
Advanced Word 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in Word 2000
Spreadsheets Introductory Excel 2000 and
Intermediate Excel 2000 and
Advanced Excel 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in Excel 2000
Databases Introductory Access 2000 and
Intermediate Access 2000 and
Advanced Access 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in Access 2000
Electronic communication Exploring the Internet and
Becoming Expert in Outlook 2000
Presentations Introductory PowerPoint 2000 and
Advanced PowerPoint 2000
OR
Becoming Expert in PowerPoint 2000
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EUROPEAN/INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER DRIVING LICENSE (ECDL/ICDL)
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is an internationally recognized certification standard for computer competency available in more than 88 countries around the world. The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is the name under which the ECDL certification initiative operates in countries outside Europe.
To become ECDL/ICDL–certified an individual needs to pass a test in each of seven different areas (modules):
  1. Basic concepts of IT
  2. Using a computer and managing files
  3. Word processing
  4. Spreadsheets
  5. Databases
  6. Presentation
  7. Information and communication
When a candidate registers for the ECDL/ICDL certification process he or she receives a Skills Card on which progress through the seven tests is recorded. When all seven tests are successfully completed, the candidate achieves certification by receiving the European/International Computer Driving Licence. The ECDL/ICDL exams are administered by authorized testing centres. Individuals can prepare for the ECDL/ICDL exams on their own with Align Media eBooks or workbooks. In addition, Align Media’s eLearning Nuggets are an excellent supplement to reinforce eBook/workbook–based study.
ECDL/ICDL certification offers a number of clear benefits to employers, including: On the other hand, the following are some of the benefits provided by ECDL/ICDL certification to individuals: The table below lists the Align Media eBooks or classroom workbooks which cover the topics required to pass the different seven ECDL/ICDL exams.

EXAM MODULE CORRESPONDING eBOOKS/WORKBOOKS
Basic concepts of IT Introduction to PCs
Using a computer and managing files Introduction to Windows XP/2000/98
Word processing Introductory Word XP/2000 and
Intermediate Word XP/2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Word XP/2000
Spreadsheets Introductory Excel XP/2000 and
Intermediate Excel XP/2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Excel XP/2000
Databases Introductory Access XP/2000 and
Intermediate Access XP/2000
OR
Becoming Proficient in Access XP/2000
Presentations Introductory PowerPoint XP/2000
Electronic communication Exploring the Internet and
Becoming Expert in Outlook XP/2000
Information and communication Exploring the Internet and
Becoming Expert in Outlook 2000
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CERTIFICATION Microsoft MOUS certification Cambridge Skills Award in IT ECDL/ICDL certification


You can use Align Media eBooks and classroom workbooks to help prepare for the following certification programs: