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CERTIPORT Certifications

Palomar College, through the Business Administration Department, is a Certiport Authorized Testing Center (CATC).

The following certifications are offered:

Certiport tests are administered Monday through Friday by appointment only. There is a $15 proctoring fee (payable at the Cashier’s Office). This fee is in addition to the voucher purchased from Certiport. A picture I.D. is required at the time of testing.

All test candidates need to:

  1. Go to the main Certiport website (
  2. Under the tab Test Candidates click start here to register. Note that the same username and password you create at this site, will also be used in the MD-335 test computer.
  3. After registering in Certiport, contact Lourdes Runk to schedule an appointment for the test in MD-335.

Information for Palomar College Students and Staff for Microsoft Office Specialist and QuickBooks.

The MOS and QBCU voucher and proctoring fees are waived for Palomar College students and staff. However, note that the MTA and IC3 voucher fees are not waived by the Business Department.

MOS Practice Test via GMetrix:

  1. Contact Lourdes Runk to obtain an access code. Please notice that if a staff/student takes any of the classes listed below, they would get the access code from their instructor.
    ACCT 110QuickBooksJackie Martin
    Tanya Haddad
    BUS  170 &
    BUS 171
    Word for Business-Basic &
    Word Advanced
    Mercedes Strong
    BUS  175Excel for Business-BasicLinda Amor
    Lynn Keane
    BUS  176 &
    BUS 177
    Excel for Business-Intermediate &
    Excel Advanced
    Linda Amor
    BUS 180Access for Business-BasicLinda Amor
  1. Register, download, and access your Gmetrix account at in order to redeem the access code and practice at your convenience as many times as needed.

Certification via Certiport

Please notice that for QBCU exam, the practice and the actual certification exams are delivered via Certiport in MD-335 and we are limited to two practice tests per candidate.

Once the test candidate is ready, I would recommend you to go through the study guides and/or exam objectives (see links below) posted in Certiport, these are industry certifications and would meet Certiport standards and policies, see following link

Professional Development.

To earn Professional Development hours for the Industry Software Certification please use the PD self-designed code #113 “Improve or Learn How to Use Computers and Technology in Instruction”.  On your PD contract you must provide the following information:  1.) Describe the Certiport test you took.  2.) The date, time, and location of your test, and how long it took to complete (amount of PD hours).  3.)  Describe how completing the Certiport test aligns with the intent of PD which is student, staff, and/or instructional improvement.  To access your PD contract go to eServices and click on “Prof.Development Contract”.

Exam Objectives

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 & 2013 and QuickBooks Certified User (QCU) Exam Objectives:

  • MOS Word Expert: Creating Documents for Effective Communication 2016
  • MOS Access: Core Database Management, Manipulation, and Query Skills 2016
  • MOS Outlook: Core communication, Collaboration and Email Skills 2016
  • MOS PowerPoint: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills 2016
  • MOS Excel: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation 2016
  • MOS Word: Core document creation, Collaboration and Communication 2016
  • MOS Excel Expert: Interpreting Data for Insights 2016 
  • QuickBooks
  • Small Business Management


Lourdes Runk MD-335
(760) 744-1150 x2498 (IF BUSY, use EMAIL) (PREFERRED)