Whether IT departments like it or not, iPhones aren’t the only devices out of Cupertino that are infiltrating the ranks of corporate America. Organizations that have BYOD polices and even some that don’t will inevitably find users bringing Macs into the office, so it’s good news that Microsoft and MacTech have launched an accreditation program that allows IT staffers to become certified in the support of Microsoft Office for Mac. If your job description includes supporting Macs (or if you find yourself supporting them anyway) this could be a great opportunity for you to get professional recognition and some formal training.
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The new Office for Mac Accreditation is offered as part of the MacTech BootCamp II, a one day seminar/conference event designed for Mac-supporting consultants or IT staff serving small and medium sized businesses or other organizations. On offer are a variety of subjects, including mobile device management, network integration, backup/recovery, Mac networking, and general building blocks for Apple consultants. The events are held around the country, and there are at least seven more events scheduled in 2013, so you should have no trouble finding a BootCamp to attend. Registration is $499, but there are early bird specials that drop the price to $299, so check out the schedule and register early.
The Office for Mac Accreditation is a half day program that takes place on the day before the MacTech BootCamp itself. All registered attendees are welcome to attend and become accredited. The program consists of training and evaluation on issue consultants and tech support professionals should know when offering client advice or end user support for Office users on the Mac. As one of the single most important pieces of business software, Office will obviously come up at some point in every IT support staffer’s life. And with more organizations bringing Macs into the fold, consultants would also be well positioned if they can prove expertise and knowledge of the Office for Mac integration process.
The topics covered in the Office for Mac program include issues for both the online Office 365 and desktop version (currently Office 2011); the Office 365 will be especially useful as this is currently the only Microsoft-offered option for Office on iDevices.
As the program is still in a pilot stage, the topics offered may change, but at this point include:
- Installation, troubleshooting, support resources, and resolving common end user questions
- Software configuration, preferences settings/management, licensing, and cross-platform feature support
- Integration of Office Web Apps, SkyDrive, and Microsoft SharePoint for Mac users
At the end of the course, you’ll have earned the right to use “Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional” on your résumé, website, and other promotional materials. This is a great way, especially for self-employed Apple consultants, to get an edge and demonstrate their skills to prospective clients.
Search for a MacTech BootCamp II near you and register to take the Office for Mac courses here.