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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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History of the Program in WA State

The Washington Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) will provide the people of Washington access without charge to a wide range of Microsoft online courses and learning resources through their local public, community college, or tribal libraries.

Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, received funding from the legislature to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to community and technical college libraries, public libraries, and tribal libraries at no cost during the current biennium (July 2013 through June 2015). Funds from the legislature pay for the non-discounted portion and Microsoft has discounted the remaining cost of these courses by approximately 90%. Funding from the legislature will also cover the cost for the Washington State Library to partner with both libraries and Microsoft in the project.

To sign up for your free IT Academy account, visit the red "Sign up!" tab at the top of this page.

For more information on the project, visit:

List of participating Libraries:



The Microsoft IT Academy Program consists of a variety of tools to help students master concepts related to general computing and Microsoft Office software use, and/or to pursue a Microsoft Certification. 

There are two main Tools available.  "Digital Literacy" tools are free online tutorials that teach you basic computing concepts.  "E-Learning" tools are online subscription (paid access) tutorials that will give you in-depth instruction on Microsoft products and teach you what you need to know to take official Microsoft Certification tests.


Digital Literacy Curriculum

(basic computing skills)

IT Academy E-Learning Curriculum

(pathway to Microsoft Certifications)

The Digital Literacy tools are free and available for anyone to access at any time. Go to:


These tools are intended to help patrons develop very basic computing skills.


No accounts or access codes are needed. 


Basic Curriculum teaches the values of computers in society and introduces the mouse and keyboard. 

Standard Curriculum includes courses that cover computer basics, using the Internet, using MS Office products, security & privacy, & digital lifetyles.

Advanced Curriculum includes courses on creating an email account, resumes, searching the Web, and social networking.


Instructors are also free to download and use the tools and assessments in their courses; a Microsoft account is needed to access Instructor Tools.

E-Learning is a subscription service that is currently funded by the Washington State Legislature; it is free to Washington State Residents who come to a participating Library to obtain an enrollment code. 


Patrons will need to have, or create, a Microsoft account to access this curriculum.


Patrons may use the curriculum for personal enrichment, or they may use the curriculum to prepare themselves to take official Microsoft Certification Tests to obtain certifications such as MOS or MTA. 


Patrons who wish to eventually take a Certification Test will have to pay for the test themselves at a Certiport Testing Center; cost varies by testing center.  The OC Testing Center is a Certiport Testing Center.


To sign up for your free IT Academy account, click on the red "Sign up!" tab at the top of this page.


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