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Brenda Vertin earns certification and so can you (11/2/2015)

Brenda Vertin 2015Though we could address her now as Master Vertin, she prefers a simple “Brenda.” Brenda Vertin, administrative assistant with the Extension ANR assistant director and Southeast District director offices is one of only four NDSU staff members (and only one with Extension so far) who have obtained certification as Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Applause photoMaster. Brenda prepared for and passed tests in Excel, Access and Word. Certification takes effort and tech savviness, so please join me today in a round of applause for her.

If you want to explore MOS or MOS Master certification (there are two levels) for yourself, visit Some quick facts:

- This opportunity is available for all NDSU employees and county Extension support staff.

- There are a limited number of slots with Feb. 29, 2016 as the latest date that staff members can take tests at no cost to them or their department/office. After Feb. 29 exams will be $100 apiece.

- There are three steps on the path to certification:

  1. Pre-test using practice exam software that mirrors the actual testing environment (This can be done on your own computer.)
  2. Train (Face-to-face, printed and electronic options are available including several practice exams for each application.)
  3. Take your certification exam(s) to earn your certification(s) at the NDSU main campus in Fargo or NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health, 512 7th St. N., Bismarck. Extension will cover mileage expense to the nearest testing site for those not living in Fargo or Bismarck.

Matthew Chaussee, technical services manager with NDSU Finance and Administration, will be at Bismarck on Nov. 13 to provide training sessions and an initial round of testing for those interested. Space is limited, so to get more information and/or sign up, go to .

Questions about certification may be directed to Matt at or 701-231-9764.  

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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