SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 21, 2023) — Certiport, a Pearson VUE business and the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners, today congratulates Odyssey Communications Inc. (OCI), the Certiport Authorized Partner in Japan, for delivering five million Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams.
Originally launched over 25 years ago, the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams are industry-leading, project-based assessments of Microsoft Office skills and knowledge. Taken by learners in school as well as professionals, these exams validate knowledge in applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Companies across Japan, independent of industry, value Microsoft Office skills, allowing new hires to be ready and useful on their first day of the job.
"On behalf of Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector Education, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to OCI. Through a proud partnership spanning more than 20 years with Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business, and Microsoft, Odyssey Communications helps thousands of Japanese educators, students, and professionals achieve their certification goals," said Jeff Johnson, Senior Business Manager, Worldwide Public Sector Education, Microsoft. "We are looking forward to our continued partnership, and to further strengthening the future workforce across Japan."
Over their 20-year partnership with Certiport, OCI has focused on retraining the workforce for the digital age and preparing learners to become Microsoft Office Specialist experts and champions. In fact, in the 2023 MOS World Championship, Japanese student Sora Takaya took home first place in the Microsoft Excel category.
"We are deeply proud of the incredible work that OCI has accomplished over the course of our partnership," said Craig Bushman, General Manager, Certiport. "Their team is dedicated to excellent service and communication, and we know that their excellence has made this milestone possible. From focused marketing efforts to customer support, to active engagement in the MOS Championship, they bring the best to everything they do. Congratulations, Odyssey Communications Inc, team on this fantastic accomplishment."
Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 15,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Certified Fundamentals certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Professional certification program, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit certification program, the App Development with Swift certification program, the Unity Certified User certification program, the Communication Skills for Business certification program, the IC3 Digital Literacy certification, and the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification program. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at twitter.com/certiport.