​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Free Certification Offer​

Teesside University is giving students and staff the opportunity to gain free Microsoft & Adobe certifications.  The courses are self-directed study with the option to sit the test for free; please note, no resit options are available.  Please find below the certifications that are currently available.​​


Microsoft Office Certification

​Microsoft Office Specialist ​(MOS) Office365/​2019

Microsoft Office Specialist certification is an international recognised qualification to demonstrate you have the skills and expertise to proficiently use the Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access & Outlook).  Build your confidence and gain invaluable knowledge to become efficient within your studies & w​orkplace using the features and functions of Microsoft Office applications. Successful completion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification qualification is an accolade and testament to how you are future ready when you graduate from Teesside.​

This course is tailored for everyone; beginner, intermediate and advan​ced, to learn, enhance and develop their digital skills.  The is a self-paced course, allowing you to learn at your own pace.  Support from our certified Microsoft Office Specialist Masters, when you need it.  The course provides all the learning material, online videos including mock tests to help you prepare for the actual test. ​


Adobe Certified Associate (AC​A)​

Gain an Adobe certification with an industry recognised qualification tha​​t certifies you have the skills and expertise to proficiently use the Adobe applications for video, design, photography and the web.  ACA is a prerequisite qualification that you need in order to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media.

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Primarily aimed at academic members of staff and future educators, the certification is validation of your global technology competencies required to facilitate 21st century learning using Microsoft's “21 CLD" framework and professional tools.

MCE certification demonstrates you can combine innovative ideas and technological skills to provide dynamic learning experiences for students using Microsoft tools.

Successful completion of the MCE professional qualification is an accolade and testament to how we prepare students to become future ready at Teesside University. 


Microsoft Certified Fundamentals​

​The Microsoft Certified Fundamentals is the pathway to fully understanding what cloud computing is, what options are available from Microsoft, and which options make sense for businesses to invest in. This is the starting point for students who are looking to start a career in artificial intelligence, data science, and cloud computing. With the usage of big data and artificial intelligence on the rise, the demand for data scientists is not being met—and the gap is widening.

 Certifica​​tions Ava​ilable



Accessing th​​e learning material

You can access the learning material via Microsoft Teams, click Join or create a team below your teams list and look for the Join a team with a code option.​  Please join the Team using the following code:   6pnn32q

Having joined the Team, look for the certification you are interested in and click the Files tab to find the relevant information for the course.  Please also view the Posts tab for announcements.​

Briefing Session & Booking a test

If you would like further details regarding the free certifications, we run a briefing session every Wednesday at 2.30pm via Microsoft Teams. 

Please use the booking sys​tem to book your certification briefing session. You will be emailed a Teams Join Meeting link 24 hours before your briefing session time.  You must use your University email address; links will only be sent to your University email address not personal email address.  

Due to COVID-19 all exams take place remotely, you will be emailed an exam link on the exam day, upto 1 hour before your exam start time. 

Please read the exams from home test candidate guide​ to familiarise yourself with the remote exams process.

We can accommodate 10 candidates per session and slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will need to be available approximately 5 minutes before the session to set up the ​test.

Please use the booking system to book your test sessions.​

If you have any queries, please email: TechnologyEnablement@tees.ac.uk​​