Would having an industry-recognized certification in Microsoft Excel help boost your career? Goodwill’s advanced Microsoft Excel Certification course is a free training course that covers the ins and outs of Microsoft Excel and prepares you for the Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Associate certification exam. This Microsoft Excel Certification course, which we refer to as “Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel,” is a virtual training course designed with lectures, hands-on exercises and a final certification preparation activity. In this course, you will learn to:

  • Create and manage worksheets and workbooks
  • Manage data cells and ranges
  • Create tables
  • Perform operations with formulas and functions
  • Create charts

    Upcoming Training Dates

    The Goodwill University team is currently finalizing the 2023 course schedule. Please check back soon for training dates.

    Course Timeframe

    Goodwill’s Microsoft Excel Certification course lasts five weeks. Class meets virtually Tuesday – Friday from 1 – 3 p.m. Weeks 1 – 3 are instruction, Week 4 is general practice assessments and Week 5 is the final Microsoft Excel assessment.

    Certification Opportunities

    Upon passing the exam that’s given at the end of the advanced Microsoft Excel Certification course, students will earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Associate certification. This industry-recognized certification demonstrates competency in the fundamentals of Excel at an associate level and that you are ready to enter into the job market and complete tasks in Excel independently.


    Goodwill’s Microsoft Excel Certification course is an advanced course, so previous hands-on experience with the Microsoft Excel program and/or taking and passing Goodwill’s beginner Microsoft training course is highly recommended.

    Required Technology

    • Wi-Fi for internet access
    • A computer/laptop/tablet (a cell phone is not sufficient to access course materials)
    • Webcam and microphone to participate in course exercises and discussions

    Don’t Have Access to the Above Technology?

    • Notify a Goodwill team member upon registration to reserve space at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus to utilize our available technology
    • Or click here to get connected with Digital Charlotte, an organization that assists people in Mecklenburg County with signing up for affordable internet service and purchasing affordable technology

    Related Career Information

    To find out more information about potential careers, trends, wages and benefits for those that complete this course, visit www.onetonline.org

    Job Search Support

    As a participant in one of Goodwill’s training courses, you’ll have access to a Career Navigator who can help you with your resume and interview skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our Employer Engagement Team, who can help you find and secure employment.

    How to Get Started

    If you are interested in taking this course, you live within our 18-county territory in the Carolinas and…

    If you have already completed Goodwill’s registration process:
    If you have NOT already completed Goodwill’s registration process:
    We also accept walk-ins at all of our career centers.

    Still Have Questions?

    If you still have questions about our training courses, complete our training inquiry form, and someone on our team will be in touch with you soon!