Specializing in Microsoft Excel

mosIn this modern day and age, it is essential that people know how to use basic functionalists of Microsoft Excel in order to be an efficient and effective worker. Even though most people claim to be proficient and fluent in Microsoft Excel, however, there is a growing number of companies that are looking for candidates who know more that just the basic functions of Excel.

To be proficient at Excel, it takes more knowledge and learning than one might expect. There are a number of advanced features in Excel that allow people to do the following:

  • Writing formulas and function for calculation
  • Using Conditional Formatting to highlight important information
  • Importing/Exporting data to work with various systems
  • Using Marcos to Automate processes
  • Creating and Using PivotTable and PivotChart for data analysis
  • Creating Forms for data entry
  • Draw graphs for projection
  • and more

The skills listed above are crucial to  a growing industry. For those reasons job providers are seeking for candidates with more than just basic skill sets; they need people with an advance skill set in using Excel,  some form of proof for one’s proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel Certification by Microsoft is a form of proofing one’s proficiency in Microsoft Excel. The Certification helps candidates standout when applying for a job. According to Microsoft’s website, holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.

NR Computer Learning Center (NRCLC) offer courses that trains students to become proficient in Microsoft Excel 2013. Not only will students learn the skills mentioned above, but also they will receive help in preparing for the MOS exam.

For a list of classes that NRCLC offers to help student prepare for other certifications, click here.


Anderson, Cushing, and John F. Gantz. Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need. IDC/Microsoft. October 2013