Microsoft Office Specialist–Pass an exam in a specific Office program to earn a Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

  • Microsoft Word 2013 (Exam 418)
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 (Exam 420)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (Exam 422)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 (Exam 423)
  • Microsoft Access 2013 (Exam 424)
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013 (Exam 419)
  • Microsoft OneNote 2013 (Exam 421)
  • Other versions of Microsoft Office

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Get Certified Online Through The Library

Microsoft Office, QuickBooks and IT Certifications

Upgrade your resume with a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification! In each virtual, self-paced course you will learn essential technological skills with expert guidance and personalized feedback—for free.

You will be certified in Microsoft Office 365/2019 programs, and will learn how to:
•  Create polished Word documents
•  Design comprehensive PowerPoint presentations
•  Improve your Outlook communication
•  Create complex Excel spreadsheets

Queens Public Library is also offering limited certifications to become IT and Quickbooks Specialists. Participants must have some previous knowledge of the software in which they are pursuing certification. For further information, please email

Register here. After registration, you will receive scheduling and course details.

Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate

Are you interested in testing your tech skills, or improving your basic computer knowledge for an employer? The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment is a collection of online quizzes that test your ability to perform basic tasks on a computer and Internet browser. You can earn a digital badge by completing assessments on your own at home, or a Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate when you take the assessment as a proctored exam at Queens Public Library.

The Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate can be an important credential for job seekers—even today’s entry-level positions require basic computer skills. The certificate also demonstrates that you have the complete computer skills needed in higher education. If you fail to pass one of the sections, Northstar identifies a roadmap of relevant classes to master the necessary skills.

Test-takers can earn basic skills certificates on a variety of topics, including:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Basics
  • Using Email
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Social Media
  • Information Literacy

Queens Public Library is one of over 650 education providers around the country that supports Northstar as a registered testing location. Proctored examinations are available on a recurring basis at our six Adult Learning Centersthe Central Library, and the Queensbridge Tech Lab.


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