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Microsoft IT Academy

Get your free Microsoft IT Academy certification exams now - Queensland Certificate of Education credits up for grabs!

Available to all secondary-aged students, the IT Academy assist participants to gain Microsoft skills at no cost. Certifications are awarded to students who successfully complete Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology exams.

The department has a number of Microsoft certification exams free for all subscribed schools.

A total of 8 QCE points, 1 per exam can be attained. To find out which courses are recognised, read QCE: Recognised Studies-Microsoft Corporation

Don't miss out! If you are an IT Academy subscribed school, secure your free exam inventory today by calling 3034 5023.

The Microsoft IT Academy program

All Queensland state schools, with secondary-aged students, have access to a Microsoft IT Academy program subscription as part of the Department of Education, Training and Employment's current Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.

Subscription access is intended to assist students, teaching and non-teaching staff to gain knowledge and skills in various Microsoft technologies to enhance their learning experiences.

A school's subscription provides

  • more than 400 self-paced, interactive online learning courses that are easily aligned to the curriculum
  • a Learning Management System to track course participation and progression
  • the opportunity for students and staff to gain internationally-recognised certifications
  • a certificate of completion that can be issued to students and staff at the completion of each course.

Staff based at schools without secondary-aged students can gain access via their Regional IT Academy.

IT Academy is accessible at any time via the Learning Place (DETE staff only) student and staff spaces.

The department has contracted IC Central, the Australian Microsoft Academy Service Partner, to help schools extract maximum value from their Microsoft IT Academy subscription. The IC Central team manages the school's exam inventory and registration, as Certiport Authorised Testing Centres, to enable students and staff to achieve internationally recognised Microsoft certifications.

Microsoft certifications

Microsoft certifications are awarded after passing online, computer-assessed, proctored exams. The department currently has a large inventory of Microsoft Office Specialist exams for schools. These exams include programs such as PowerPoint®, Word® and Excel®.

Students with a Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) who successfully complete Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate exams are also able to gain Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) credit. A total of 8 points, 1 per exam, are able to be attained under the enrichment studies category. To find out which courses can be recognised, read the QCE: Recognised Studies - Microsoft Corporation (PDF, 109KB).

Don't miss out-if you are an IT Academy subscribed school, call (07) 3034 5023 to secure your free exam inventory today!

For more information about the exam process, or to purchase exam inventory, please contact IC Central on 1300 445 560.

For further information about Microsoft IT Academy or certification exams, view Service Centre Online self-help articles (DETE staff only), or register for OneChannel web conferences (DETE staff only).

Need more information?
Learning Technologies
Tel: 07 3034 5023
Email: MS.ITAcademy@dete.qld.gov.au

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Last reviewed
15 May 2014
Last updated
15 May 2014
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