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Microsoft Office (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This certificate is designed to help participants develop office skills that are essential in today's competitive office environment. You will study the Windows operating system and an overview of the Microsoft Office Suite, followed by separate study segments in Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Use Microsoft Access to create, query, analyse, and generate reports from databases
  • Use Microsoft Excel to create, analyse, and manipulate data in complex electronic workbooks and charts
  • Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create engaging and informative presentations that illustrate good design principles by incorporating appropriate graphic, animated, and text elements
  • Use Microsoft Word to generate text and graphic documents that meet a variety of professional requirements
  • Integrate the use of the Microsoft Office suite of products to generate complex business documents and products
  • Indicate job search readiness through the production of job search documents and presentations, the completion of job-related research, and the demonstration of interview skills

Career Options

Graduates may work in a variety of positions as the software is used extensively in most areas of business.

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location
WIND 2287Access AdvancedOnline
WIND 1282Access IntroductionOnline
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIMonthly Intake Online
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIOnline
SPRD 2282Excel AdvancedOnline
SPRD 2282Excel AdvancedMonthly Intake Online
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionOnline
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
WIND 1281PowerPointOnline
WIND 2286Word AdvancedOnline
WIND 2285Word IntroductionOnline
WIND 2285Word IntroductionMonthly Intake Online