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Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA)

Schools seeking to continue support for the Microsoft Imagine Academy should contact:

Simon Ibbit
Microsoft US Public Sector - Education
(312) 920-5755
cell (312) 450-9266

Update (7/23/2018)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce funding for the 2017 Act 59 Information Technology Education Grant. This grant will provide access to information technology education opportunities for public school students in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries through the Microsoft Imagine Academy program.

Microsoft Imagine Academy provides students and educators with industry-aligned curricula and certifications to build competencies and validate skills for high-demand technologies. The Academy offers courses and certifications in four paths: Computer Science, IT Infrastructure, Data Science, and Productivity. Additionally, participating schools will receive (at no cost) a 12-month site license for certification testing of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) applications and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications.

Microsoft Imagine Academy schools can look forward to:

Globally Recognized Certifications

  • Make students more competitive in a global market.
  • Become a testing center offering on-site exams for students and staff.

Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum

  • Access numerous online learning courses with industry-aligned credentials.
  • Customize lesson plans to fit individual needs.

Professional Development

  • Provide educators with the latest technology curriculum, guidance, and resources.
  • Utilize complimentary certification exam vouchers for educators.

Resources and Partnership

  • Download marketing materials and program information.
  • Customize and print certificates of completion.
  • Promote your institution with the Microsoft Academy Logo.

To learn more about the Microsoft Imagine Academy program, visit .For more information on the certification program, visit

Do note that schools who take advantage of this state supported information technology instructional program will be unable to claim students who earn these certificates as part of their annual CTE Incentive Grant application according to Wisconsin State Statute 106.273(3)(am).

Update (2/5/2018) 

With the recent signing of the biennial budget on September 21, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce funding for the 2017 Act 59 Information Technology Education Grant. Funding for this grant is provided in an annual appropriation of $875,000, beginning in FY18. DPI shall make the grant to an entity to provide information technology education opportunities to public school pupils in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries. Learn more about the Information Technology Education Grant online at

Update (9/22/2017)

The Wisconsin 2017-2019 Biennial State Budget provides funding for Information Technology Education.  The State Budget directs the department to develop a competitive request−for−proposal process for the award of a grant to an entity to provide information technology education opportunities to public school pupils in grades 6 to 12, technical college district students, and patrons of public libraries. Additional information will be released  by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on this website when available.

Update (6/26/2017)

2016-2017 End of Year Certification Chart

  • The participation request form is no longer available to support additional opportunities to subscribe to the Microsoft Imagine Academy program for the 2017-2018 school year.  Schools interested in the academy program and/or the MOS/MTA/MCE certification testing should contact the Microsoft representative listed above for additional information.
  • Congratulations to Wisconsin's 2nd place national champions who competed in Orlando, FL on June 20-22, 2017:  MOS Excel 2016 - Benjamin Nowotny, Hortonville High School, Wisconsin & MOS Excel 2013 - Jeron Bale, Cadott High School, Wisconsin.
  • Students were invited to the National Championship by scoring first place in the Wisconsin Spring qualifier from Franklin (Word 2013); Cadott (Excel 2013); Cadott (PowerPoint 2013); Hortonville (Word & Excel 2016); Chippewa Falls (PowerPoint 2016)  along with first place winners from the Fall qualifier: Middleton (Word 2013); Nicolet (Excel 2013); Gilman (PowerPoint 2013); Sheboygan South (Word 2016); Chilton (Excel 2016 & PowerPoint 2016)
  • A total of 3,648 certifications were attained by students and teachers during the 2016-2017 school year (representing a 115% year over year growth!). A total of 94 schools tested students in 2016-2017

    • Students achieved 3,393 certifications (2,036 unique students) in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); additionally, teachers attained 167 certifications (94 unique teachers) in MOS

      • 1,474 in Word plus 12 in Word Expert

      • 1,322 in PowerPower

      • 628 in Excel plus 5 in Excel Expert

      • 89 in Access

      • 14 in OneNote

      • 14 in Outlook

      • 2 in SharePoint

    • Students achieved 203 certifications in Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA); additionally, teachers attained 13 certifications in MTA.

      • 23 in Database Administration Fundamentals

      • 22 in Security Fundamentals

      • 15 in Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

      • 13 in Networking Fundamentals

      • 2 in Mobility and Device Fundamentals

      • 1 in Software Development Fundamentals

    • Three teachers achieved the Microsoft Certified Educator certificates (teachers at Sheboygan South, Shiocton, Gibraltar).  The Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification validates that educators have the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students.  Through a single exam, MCE demonstrates that educators have achieved technology literacy competency in six content areas, mapped to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, Technology Literacy:

      • Education policy

      • Curriculum and assessment

      • Pedagogy

      • ICT/technology tools

      • Organization and administration

      • Professional development

Update (5/9/2017)

  • Congratulations to Algoma High School for having the first student during the 2016-2017 school year complete the Master Certification.  The Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification designation is reserved for individuals who demonstrate the deepest level of skills needed to proficiently use Microsoft Office.  In order to earn the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification, an individual must pass all required exams listed online at  During the 2015-2016 school year, three students completed the Master certification.
  • Congratulations to Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members who were recognized by the FBLA national office for having the top Wisconsin scores  in their respective Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel competitive events and will be eligible to represent Wisconsin at the FBLA National Leadership Conference scheduled in Anaheim, California from June 29 to July 2, 2017.  In order to be eligible, FBLA members must have completed the exam by March 1 of the current school year.
    • Microsoft Word:  1st Zaiba Malik (Franklin); 2nd Dylan Meulemans (Seymour); 3rd Emily Kuipers (Cadott); 4th Corina Schramm (Whitewater); 5th alternate qualifier Libby Wehling (Seymour)
    • Microsoft Excel:  1st Ty Weiss (Cadott); 2nd Dylan Meulemans (Seymour); 3rd Corina Schramm (Whitewater); 4th Megan Roehl (Campbellsport); 5th alternate qualifier Austin Durst (Ithaca)
  • View schools that have students who have recorded the top scores on certifications in Wisconsin in 2017.  To participate in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Wisconsin State Championship Spring Qualifier and be eligible to participate in the MOS U.S. National Championship, students must past one of the recognized exams prior to May 19, 2017.  Six students, one from each exam track, will be invited to the 2017 U.S. National Championship for both the Fall and Spring Qualifier. A total of 12 students will be invited from each state.  Students from the following schools previously qualified during the Fall Qualifier:
    • Middleton (Word 2013)
    • Nicolet (Excel 2013)
    • Gilman (PowerPoint 2013)
    • Sheboygan South (Word 2016)
    • Chilton (Excel 2016 & PowerPoint 2016)
  • During the 2016-2017 school year (through April 30, 2017), 2315 certifications have been earned so far this year for a 172% year over year growth.  A total of 1,499 unique students and 57 unique teachers have earned 2,315 certifications in either Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Association (MTA) or Microsoft Certified Education (MCE).

Wisconsin Certifications Earned Aggregate April 2017

Update (3/14/2017)

  • Certification exams offered this year (3,796) have exceeded all certifications offered last year.
  • ​During the 2016-2017 school year (through February 28, 2017), 989 unique students and 41 unique teachers have earned 1,511 certifications in either Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Association (MTA)

MSIA Certifications Earned Aggregate July-Feb 2017

Update (1/31/2017)

  • Certification exams offered this year (3,427) have exceeded all certifications offered last year.
  • During the 2016-2017 school year, 834 unique students and 34 unique teachers have earned 1,276 certifications in either Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Association (MTA) 
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Association (MTA) certifications earned so far this year have increased 362% year over year growth.
  • Student MTA certifications are have increased 391+% this year over the combined total of MTA certifications for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016. 
  • Microsoft Certified Educator certifications have been earned by 4 educators.

Certifications Earned Aggregate July 2016-January 2017







Update (1/3/2017)
There are currently 221 approved Microsoft Imagine Academy locations in Wisconsin for the 2016-2017 school year.  Share the Microsoft Imagine Academy Fact Sheet that provides information about the benefits for students, educators, academic institutions, and your community.  Schools seeking 2017-2018 price quotes to continue local funding support for the Microsoft Imagine Academy (updated 3/14/17) - refer to information posted at the top of this webpage.

Update (8/12/2016)
A total of 201 Wisconsin locations are currently approved as Microsoft Imagine Academy sites.  Additional participation opportunities are still available for high schools to become a 2016-2017 school year academy site and utilize Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist testing vouchers--visit to request participation in this free program for Wisconsin high schools.

A total of 63 high schools had individuals successfully achieve a certificate during the 2015-2016 school year (increased from 12 schools in 2014-2015).  A total of 1,672 certifications were attained through Wisconsin high schools during the 2015-2016 school year as detailed below:

Application Name


Total Certificates Number of Schools
Word 2007 Core Certificate 23 2 25 1
Word 2010 Core Certificate 122 4 126 10
Word 2013 Core Certificate 482 45 527 50
Word 2010 Expert Certificate 1   1 1
Word 2013 Expert Certificate 11 2 13 6
Excel 2007 Core Certificate 12 1 13 1
Excel 2010 Core Certificate 32 2 34 8
Excel 2013 Core Certificate 216 21 237 34
Excel 2013 Expert Certificate 1 1 1 2
PowerPoint 2007 Certificate 17 1 18 1
PowerPoint 2010 Certificate 269 10 279 4
PowerPoint 2013 Certificate 304 17 321 39
Access 2007 Certificate 1   1 1
Access 2010 Certificate 2   2 2
Access 2013 Certificate 47 6 53 10
OneNote 2013 Certificate 16 1 17 2
Outlook 2013 Certificate 15     4
SharePoint 2013 Certificate 1   1 1
Microsoft Certified Educator   1 1 1
MTA HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals   1 1 1
MTA Networking Fundamentals 1 1 2 2
MTA Security Fundamentals 2   2 1
MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals   1   1
Grand Total


117 1692 63 unique
high school certification sites

View a copy of the August 2016 Microsoft Imagine Academy Newsletter for additional program details.

Update (5/31/2016)
A total of 189 Wisconsin locations have registered to participation in this statewide program.  Over 1,200 certification have been successfully awarded to Wisconsin high school students.  The participation form is currently open on this website for school administration provide the necessary information to get your school involved for the 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017 school year.  Supplemental in-person professional development summer training events have been posted under the training tab and registration for these events is currently open.  

Update (3/30/2016)
A total of 185 Wisconsin locations have registered to participate as a Microsoft Imagine Academy during the 2015-2016 school year.  Additional academy subscriptions are still available and can be requested online at  Microsoft and Certiport are scheduled to visit Wisconsin in June to provide in-person trainings for currently registered academies at regional sites.  Visit for additional details.  Academy licenses will be automatically renewed for the 2016-2017 school year and certification test subscriptions will be reissued during the months of May and June prior to the start of the next term beginning on July 1, 2016.

Update (01/08/2016)
Microsoft IT Academy program will be renamed Microsoft Imagine Academy effective January 11th, 2016. This name change is part of Microsoft’s transformation in the way they reach and impact students in the education space. With this change, Microsoft Imagine will be the single identity used for all Microsoft programs, tools and initiatives aimed at students to drive technology, computer science, coding and employability skills.

Update (01/6/2016) 
Schools that completed the Participation Form received a participation verification letter on Friday, December 4, 2015.  Additional schools that requested to participate through January, 6, 2016 have also received credentials to activate their academy.  Designated Imagine Academy program administrators at each location received Membership ID and Program Key credentials to activate your location.  School contacts will begin collaborative work with Microsoft and Certiport to access academy materials and certification resources. 

As of January 6, 2016, we do have additional opportunities to have high schools select to participate as a limited supply of additional Imagine Academy licenses with certification testing opportunities that are still currently available.  Interested schools should complete the Participation Form available online at  There is no direct cost for schools to access the Microsoft Imagine Academy and offer Microsoft Office Specialist certification test during the 2015-2016  and 2016-2017 school years.  Schools that complete the Participation Form at this time will be considered on a first-submission basis as we are past the initial submission deadline.  The participation form will be closed when as licenses have been distributed.  Any questions should be directed to contacts listed online at

The Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.  With the Microsoft Imagine Academy (IA) program, academic institutions and their educators, students and staff get digital curriculum and certifications for fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today’s technologically evolving world.  Learn more about Imagine Academy program benefits.

Program Overview

The Imagine Academy Program offers IA members (Institution) with quality education training resources on Microsoft technologies to help Institutions’ educators, faculty and staff (Educators) and its enrolled students and members (Students) obtain the skills needed to reach their academic and career potential. The program enables Institutions:

  • offer quality technology curricula to help its Students acquire skills on current Microsoft technologies
  • provide rich online learning resources to its Students and Educators
  • ensure its Students graduate with the Microsoft technology expertise required to be successful in today’s job market
  • prepare its Students and Educators to earn Microsoft Certification credentials
  • provide professional development opportunities for its Educators

See the Microsoft Imagine Academy Quick Start site for additional information.