Certiport To Head Microsoft IT Academy
Microsoft outsources its global training program to Certiport, based on its success with Microsoft Office Specialist.
- By Dan Hong
- August 19, 2005
Microsoft and Certiport announced Wednesday a multi-year agreement for Certiport
to serve as the worldwide administrator of the Microsoft IT Academy program.
Under the arrangement, Certiport will manage the global IT learning solution
and its 2,800 participating training centers in more than 50 countries.
"We chose Certiport to administer the Microsoft IT Academy program because
of their success in extending the global reach of Microsoft technology, training
and certification," said Shawna Straub, worldwide program manager of Microsoft
IT Academy. "Certiport's proven processes and global network of testing
partners greatly facilitate our ability to develop this program in support of
academic institutions around the world."
Certiport President and CEO David Saedi commented on the partnership, saying,
"Through administration of Microsoft IT Academy, Certiport will be able
to accelerate its efforts to develop more effective students, teachers, and
workers seeking to advance their Microsoft-related skills."
The Microsoft IT Academy Program offers academic institutions membership at
three levels: IT Pro Plus, IT Pro and Office Specialist. The IT Pro Plus level
provides members with curriculum and workforce development resources, and includes
courses for IT Pro (Microsoft Certified Professional) and Microsoft Office Specialist
certifications. The Office Specialist level is specifically geared toward training
in Microsoft Office applications.
For more information on the benefits of the Microsoft IT Academy Program, go