SharePoint Power User Certificate

The SharePoint Institute is proud to offer the first industry certificate specifically for SharePoint 2013 users.  The Power User Certificate offers non-server administrators the distinction to show they have mastered the critical power user skills required by businesses to guarantee a successful SharePoint adoption.

This certificate guarantees that employees have learned and can demonstrate the core concepts of SharePoint 2013, giving managers a competency level for which to compare and measure SharePoint knowledge. Realizing the importance of educating users about the power of SharePoint 2013 to improve processes and team collaboration is a critical component for any organization in the planning and deployment stages of SharePoint. The SharePoint Power User Certificate from the SharePoint Institute proves to management, prospective employers and colleagues that certified professionals are at the top of their industry when it comes to SharePoint knowledge and skills.

One can attain The SharePoint Power User Certificate by meeting the following requirements:

  • Take a SharePoint Institute approved training course
  • Pass the 60 question online SharePoint Power User Assessment with a score of at least 80%

Approved courses are provided by any of SharePoint Institute’s education partners and many include an exam pass guarantee to receive the certificate.

While completion of an approved course is not required to receive the SharePoint Power User Certificate, attendance in a relevant SharePoint Power User course is highly recommended for those looking to gain a complete, implementable understanding of SharePoint capabilities.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an approved course and receiving a passing score on the assessment, students will be able to:

  • Explain the value proposition and the business case for SharePoint 2013 as an enterprise collaboration platform.
  • Elaborate on the value of SharePoint 2013 and how to tie it to the Corporate Vision
  • Form and lead a Governance Team, build the Governance Plan, and implement effective adoption by SharePoint users.
  • Plan for and create SharePoint 2013 portals that are designed intentionally to address business process improvement.
  • Demonstrate how to use the out-of-the-box SharePoint Apps to provide solutions to real-world business problems.
  • Elaborate on the value of the Enterprise Content Management features and then implement them to ensure “Putability” and “Findability.”
  • Architect SharePoint Libraries to work on documents with a team more efficiently and manage information lifecycle with version control and content approval.
  • Demonstrate how to classify and categorize information by using metadata.
  • Explain the value of metadata and columns as a replacement for “folders” as a system of classification and categorization.
  • Explain how to use Tagging and Following to make information more findable.
  • Properly implement the Newsfeed to brainstorm, discuss, and ideate with teams.
  • Define what a Community is, how to manage membership, and how to bring value to teams by driving engagement.
  • Create rich and informative Team Site portals by creating pages and utilizing the SharePoint Web Parts.
  • Create out-of-the-box Workflows as well as build Custom Workflow using SharePoint Designer.
  • Architect portals that allow teams and management to find information they need to make critical business decisions.


About the Assessment

The assessment is composed of multiple choice and true/false questions designed to test knowledge of SharePoint 2013. Specific content focuses on the following topics, but is not limited to:

  • Business case and vision definition of SharePoint
  • Governance
  • Planning
  • Adoption
  • Architecture
  • Core applications and features
  • Enterprise content management
  • Information lifecycle management
  • Collaboration features
  • Workflow
  • Site design and layout
  • Permissions management
  • Basic business intelligence tools

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