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Microsoft Excel 2016 Online Certificate Program

Offered from December 29, 2021 to June 30, 2022
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To participate you will need a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection. Participants will increase their knowledge of Microsoft Excel from the comfort of their home or from their workplace with supervisory approval.

By completing the Microsoft Excel 2016 Certificate Program, you will:

  • Develop and improve your Microsoft Excel 2016 skills.
  • Prepare to take the optional Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Microsoft Excel 2016 Exam.
  • Demonstrate your dedication to lifelong learning and professional development.

How to Register

To participate, you must have registered for both a Partnership Online Learning License and the Certificate Program in the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS).

Program Information


All CSEA-represented NYS employees are eligible to participate. Supervisory approval is not required for courses taken outside the normal workday. It may be possible for employees to take courses during working hours with supervisory approval.

Time Frames

Employees can register for the Microsoft Excel 2016 Certificate Program between December 29, 2021 and June 29, 2022. Courses will be available from December 29, 2021 through June 30, 2022. All required courses must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Required Courses

Participants are required to successfully complete 14 courses and achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher in each course. All online learning courses will be taken through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS).


Participants who successfully complete the required 14 courses by June 30, 2022, will be awarded a Microsoft Excel 2016 certificate from the Partnership. To print your certificate, log in to SLMS, go to My Learning page, locate the appropriate certificate program, and click on the Print Certificate button. Note: The Print Certificate button will only be available if the status is Completed.

Foundational Competencies

Workforce development competencies are job-based skills employees need to succeed across a wide variety of occupations. When you complete this certificate, you will have an opportunity to enhance your skills in one of these competency areas.

This certificate will assist you in developing the following competency:

Computer Skills and Technology

Required Courses


    Microsoft Excel 2016 Online Certificate Course Listing

    A Certificate Course Listing is a useful tool when you are preparing for a job search and are ready to interview. The following self-paced online courses are provided by Skillsoft and will be available to you through the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS) once you have registered for this Certificate program and a Partnership Online Learning License.

Optional Learning

Want to learn more? The Microsoft Excel 2016 Certificate Program ends on June 30, 2022. However, you can continue improving your Microsoft Excel skills any time you like. In fact, research shows that if you space your learning activities on a topic over time, you'll get more out of your learning experience and remember it longer - so extend your learning with these suggested activities! Unlike your 14 required online courses, these activities are optional and do not need to be completed to receive your certificate.

Digital Books and Videos

Empire Knowledgebank (EKB) and Skillsoft eBooks and Videos Portal - This site gives you access to thousands of free digital books and videos. You must register (or already be registered) for a Partnership Online Learning License to access these digital books and videos. For more information, you can check out Using the EKB and Skillsoft eBook and Video Portal how-to guide.

    Recommended Reading

  • Excel 2016 for Dummies, by Greg Harvey
  • Excel 2016 in Easy Steps, by Michael Price, Mike McGrath
  • Essential Excel 2016: A Step-by-Step Guide, by David Slager

    Recommended Videos

  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Basic Formulas, by Karen Henderson (9:00)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Format Data in Microsoft Excel 2016, by Karen Henderson (4:00)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Basic Sorting, by Karen Henderson (6:00)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Using Tables, by Karen Henderson (5:00)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Creating Charts, by Karen Henderson (6:00)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: The IF Function, by Karen Henderson (8:00)

These courses are offered by the Partnership and are open to all CSEA-represented NYS employees. Webinars can be taken from any computer with a connection to the Internet. You can also view recordings of webinars.

    Recommended Courses:

  • Computer Basics
  • Get More Done with Keyboard Shortcuts (webinar)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 Basics
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 Intermediate
  • Understanding Today's Computer (webinar)

Note: Computer Basics, Get More Done with Keyboard Shortcuts, and Understanding Today's Computer are not Excel classes, but they do help with general computer skills.

YouTube Videos

Preparing for a Microsoft Office Specialist Exam

Understanding the Optional Exam

The Microsoft Corporation offers a series of exams for people who are looking to receive formal certification in the Microsoft Office 2016 suite of applications called the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

These exams need to be scheduled and paid for in advance at a designated testing center and must be taken in a proctored environment. You need to contact Certiport to schedule an exam and to locate testing centers in your area. The Partnership is not one of these testing sites.

The MOS exams are offered to test knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other applications. These exams typically cost approximately $100 each**. For more information about specific exams, visit Microsoft’s MOS site. Look for information on Microsoft Excel 2016, Exam 77-727.

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Contact us at (518) 486-7814 or (800) 253-4332 (for areas outside the Capital Region) or email [email protected]