MVP vs Office Specialist

Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Carla Bradley, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. I'm going to be going to a bit of training this year and
    next and I get to choose and my employer is paying for
    it. So I'm thinking about taking some office classes and
    seeing if they'll pay for the certifications. Right now I
    support word, excel, powerpoint and access. So I'm trying
    to figure out if I should go for the MVP in each app or
    the Microsoft Office Specialist? What do you guys think?

    Thanks!!
    Carla
     
    Carla Bradley, Jul 7, 2004
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  2. Carla

    You cannot get the MVP award by taking classes or passing tests, the MVP
    award is for the contribution people make to a particular product community,
    and is by nomination.

    www.microsoft.com/mvp
     
    Mark Fugatt [MVP], Jul 7, 2004
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  3. Carla Bradley

    Guest Guest

    I'm sorry. I meant MCP, not MVP. Although I now see where
    there aren't office classes under MCP, so guess I'll go
    for the office specialist. Although now I'm worried about
    my brain. I swear I thought that MCP used to have office
    classes. Thanks!

    Carla
     
    Guest, Jul 7, 2004
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  4. It did, many many years ago, when I first got certified I had to take the
    DOS6.2/Win 3.1 test and one application test (Excel, Word or Project), but
    that is no longer the case.
     
    Mark Fugatt [MVP], Jul 7, 2004
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  5. Carla Bradley

    Guest Guest

    Oh thank you so much. WHEW! I feel better. Now I just
    have to find some training and get the boss' ok and I'm
    all set. Thanks again for all your help!!!

    Carla
     
    Guest, Jul 7, 2004
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  6. Carla Bradley

    nerd32768 Guest

    You cannot get the MVP award by taking classes or passing tests, the MVP
    Is there an easy way to get nominated? Also, Is there an age limit(13 years
    old)?

    Nerd32768
    A+, Network+, MCP
     
    nerd32768, Jul 7, 2004
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  7. Hi Nerd,

    The "easy" way to get nominated is to spend time (lots!!) in newsgroups and
    other peer-to-peer support areas such as web-based forums or listservs
    giving helping people get the most out of their software. The award is for
    activity in the previous year so if your activity level went down you might
    not be re-awarded the next time around.

    I know there's been 14-year-old MVPs, and it will take you a year of hard
    work to be noticed and nominated (assuming that happens) so I guess you'd be
    14 by then and becoming an MVP wouldn't be out of the question.
     
    Cindy Winegarden, Jul 8, 2004
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  8. Carla Bradley

    Steve Guest

    I'm working on MOUS (or MOS) XP certs now.
    I have found that the "Step by Step" books are very
    helpful for the tests. I read them twice and passed the
    tests easily. Only Access left to go, then I'm done.
     
    Steve, Jul 8, 2004
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  9. There were a couple of ones at the MVP summit in Seattle... definetely under
    18 and probably even 14. For legal reasons their parents were with them,
    with guest passes.
     
    Colin Nash [MVP], Jul 8, 2004
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