Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Training (MCAS)
The Microsoft Certified Application Specialist
Training program is the only comprehensive, performance-based
certification program approved by Microsoft to validate business
computer skills using Microsoft Windows Vista® and Microsoft Office®
productivity software: Excel, Word, Power Point, Access, and
This is a significant change in the certification
process. For the past 10 years, all of the Windows training and
assessment was in the MSCE Engineering track.
"The new Microsoft Business Certification
requirements demonstrate a more realistic view of how computers are
used in an office," according to Elizabeth Nofs, Microsoft Office
instructor. "For example, when a document doesn’t print, it isn’t a
problem that can be fixed in Microsoft Word. It’s about finding the
answers in the user’s Windows operating system."