Microsoft IT Academy

Through a partnership between Microsoft and the Washington State Library, residents now have free access to the Microsoft IT Academy, an online collection of training materials on Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Windows Operating System, Windows Server, databases, programming, and more.

Signing up for the IT Academy will allow you to choose your own path to Microsoft technology mastery—brush up on the basics, learn a new product feature, or delve into a full program to pursue certification as Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, or Microsoft Certified Professional.

However you choose to explore, the IT Academy will put the tools of the future in your hands today.

Getting Started

Digital Literacy Beginners
  • Start with the basics: how to use a mouse and keyboard, using the Internet and productivity programs (word processing, spreadsheets), security and privacy, email, resumes, social networking (Facebook, Twitter), etc. through interactive games, activities, and guides.
  • Go to www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy
IT Academy First Time Users
  • If you don’t have one (Hotmail, Live.com, Outlook, Xbox Live, SkyDrive), sign up for a Microsoft account.
  • Contact the Library to obtain an Enrollment Code
    • 509-232-2510
    • library@libertylakewa.gov
  • Log in to the Microsoft IT Academy with your Microsoft account
  • Follow the instructions to redeem your Enrollment Code and begin learning!
Computer Requirements
  • You will need an Internet connection to access Microsoft IT Academy from home to sign in and add courses. You may download courses to complete offline when not connected to the internet.
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8
  • Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 and Google Chrome version 25.0.1364.172. Microsoft is working on IE 11 compatibility.
  • Browser Settings: Enable Javascript, accept cookies.
  • Silverlight and Adobe Flash must be installed on your machine to view the courses. If you don’t have them, you can install them at these sites:
Returning Users
  • Log in to the Microsoft IT Academy from any computer with Internet access to pick up training where you left off.
Getting Help
Certification
  • Microsoft IT Academy provides all the training you’ll need for certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Certified Professional.
  • You can find locations for Microsoft Certification testing through
  • You will be responsible for any costs associated with certification testing.