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Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials Online Learning Certificate Program

Offered from July 10, 2023, to January 30, 2024
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Earn a Microsoft Excel Certificate

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 Essentials Online Learning 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.

Two-Step Registration Process

To participate, you must follow our two-step registration process, which varies based on employee type. 

  1.  CSEA-represented NYS employees must first apply for a Partnership Online Learning License (SLMS Code: P_OL_Program) in SLMS. Management/Confidential NYS employees must have access to an Empire KnowledgeBank (EKB) license. Contact your agency training officer for information on how to obtain an EKB license. 
  2.  Register for the Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials Online Learning Certificate Program (SLMS Code: P_MEES16_2023) in the Statewide Learning Management System.

Program Information


All CSEA-represented NYS employees are eligible to participate.

Management/Confidential NYS employees with an EmpireKnowledgeBank (EKB) license are also eligible to participate. Contact your agency training officer for information on how to obtain an EKB license.  

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 Essentials Online Learning Certificate Program between July 10, 2023, and January 30, 2024. Courses will be available from July 10, 2023, through January 30, 2024. All required courses must be completed by January 30, 2024.

Required Courses

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


Participants who successfully complete the required seven courses by January 30, 2024, will be awarded a Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials 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

Computer Skills and Technology



Required Courses


    Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials Online Certificate Course Listing

    Explore all the courses you'll take in this Online Learning Certificate Program. You'll find the name of each class, along with a description, the course length, and the workforce development competency most associated with the program. The course listing is also a useful tool when you are preparing for a job search and are ready to interview. 

Optional Learning

Want to learn more? The Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials Online Learning Certificate Program ends on January 30, 2024. 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 seven 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 Video Portal - This site gives you access to thousands of free digital books and videos. CSEA-represented NYS employees must have an active Partnership Online Learning License and Management/Confidential employees must have an EKB 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.

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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 will 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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