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Microsoft IT Academy

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.

Staff based at schools without secondary-aged students can gain access via their Regional IT Academy. This enables staff to participate in professional learning opportunities through Microsoft IT Academy coursework.

Accessible through the IT Academy member's only site, Microsoft Official Academic Courseware provides educators with a range of manipulable lesson plans and resources to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Microsoft IT Academy coursework. Microsoft coursework is easily aligned to curriculum and is accessible at any time via the Learning Place (DETE staff only) student and staff spaces.

A school's subscription provides:

  • more than 400 self-paced, interactive online learning courses
  • 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 can be issued to students and staff at the completion of each course. Microsoft certifications are awarded after the completion of online, computer-assessed, proctored exams facilitated by specialist test providers.

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.

Participation in Microsoft IT Academy also allows a school to further utilise hardware supplied by the Computers for Teachers program and National Secondary Schools Computer Fund.

Microsoft certifications

Microsoft certifications are awarded after passing online, computer-assessed, proctored exams. The department currently has an inventory of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams for schools with an active IT Academy subscription.

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 eight points, one 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).

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, view the 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 5205
Email: MS.ITAcademy@dete.qld.gov.au

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Last reviewed
31 March 2014
Last updated
31 March 2014
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