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Will your completed online computer training courses be recognized anywhere?

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Certification for completed online computer training courses is often recognized by potential employers, especially if final testing occurred at an on-site location. While online computer training certification may not be requested by some employers, it is often impressive when listed on resumes.

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There are several websites that offer reputable certification in computer training provided online, including Microsoft.com. Studies have shown that five times as many companies that hire for office or computer associated positions require all potential employees to possess knowledge of Microsoft Office over any other office software programs combined. A certification from Microsoft validates a person's knowledge of the Microsoft technology or software packages associated with the received training and testing.

Not only is certification for completed online computer training courses recognized by potential employers, but it can also help potential employees achieve higher starting wages. According to an article in the October 2013 issue of IDC/Microsoft, in some high-growth industries, employees who hold certain Microsoft online computer training certifications can earn up to $16,000 more annually than their peers do. According to a different article in an earlier publication, over 91 percent of employers hiring for office or computer related positions consider some type of computer training certification as a part of their hiring criteria.

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