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Digital Skills Resources for Washingtonians: Industry Certifications: Free Prep & Exams

Walk-through of available resources, learning paths, and value of outcomes.

For Those Who Live or Work in Washington State

Learn sought-after skills and earn certifications FREE OF CHARGE through one of the public, tribal, or college libraries participating in this program.  Anyone who lives or works in Washington State and/or within any Tribal Nation within Washington State, is eligible. 

Why Earn a Certification?

According to a recent report from the National Skills Coalition;

Non-degree credentials (NDCs), such as certificates, industry certifications, apprenticeship certificates, and occupational licenses are a key component …helping workers obtain better jobs and serving to reconnect them to further postsecondary education and training opportunities. NDCs are already a significant part of the education and training landscape.

Non-degree credentials matter to workers and jobseekers because they have value in the labor market. Postsecondary certificate holders earn 30 percent more than individuals with a high school diploma alone, on average, and the wage premium for short term programs in certain fields is often comparable to or higher than associate’s degrees and even some bachelor’s degrees.1

  • These courses and practice tests are FREE with your local library card.  To access these courses and practice tests, please reach out to your local library to ask if they participate. 
  • If you live in Washington but are unable to get a library card at your local public library, you can get an eCard from the State Library to use these and other State Library online resources.
  •  Utilize the free resources like LinkedIn Learning, GMetrix courses & practice tests, Cisco Networking Academy, or Microsoft LEARN to prepare.
  • Once you have your local or state library card, you may contact Certify@sos.wa.gov to request access code(s) for the exam that interests you.
  • Exam vouchers are a code either given to you by the library who is proctoring your exam, or vouchers can be provided directly through the state library, with assistance locating your nearest Certiport Authorized Testing Center.
  • To receive your free exam voucher, we require you complete a practice test (available free of charge through our GMetrix service) at 80% score or higher or show proof that you completed and received a passing grade in a preparation course.
  • You may access proctoring services for free through partner libraries, or you may locate the closest Certiport Authorized Testing Center, where proctoring fees average $35.
Voucher Type Certification Exams Available Free Preparation Resources Available
IC3 - Digital Literacy Global Standard levels 1,2 & 3
ESB - Entrepreneurship & Small Business Certification
CSB - Communication Skills for Business
  • Professional Communication
  • English for IT
MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Access & Access Expert
  • Excel & Excel Expert
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Word & Word Expert

MCF - Microsoft Certified Fundamentals
  • 365 Fundamentals (MS-900)
  • Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)
  • Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900)
  • Azure Data Fundamentals (DP-900)
  • Power Platform Fundamentals (PL-900)
  • Dynamics 365 Fundamentals CRM (MB-910)
  • Dynamics 365 Fundamentals ERP (MB-920)
  • Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (SC-900)

Intuit- Quickbooks Online
  • Intuit Quickbooks Certified Online User

ACP - Adobe Certified Professional
  • After Effects
  • Animate
  • Dreamweaver
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro

ITS - Information Technology Specialist
  • Databases
  • Software Development
  • Networking
  • Network Security
  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • Python
  • HTML & CSS
  • HTML5 Application Development
  • Device Configuration and Management

Unity Certified User
  • Programmer Certification
  • VR Developer
  • Artist Certification

 

 

For Partner Libraries

  • Any Public, Tribal, Academic or Special Library can provide these exam vouchers to their cardholders, even if you do not have the staffing or facilities to proctor the exams.
  • Any library interested in offering exam proctoring or in participating in a statewide proctoring network to share the load, please contact Joyce.Abbott@sos.wa.gov 
  • Quick-Start Guide for Proctoring exams with OnVue and PearsonVue- Coming Soon!
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