Project Description

The purpose of this skills programme is to build the knowledge and skills required by learners within an office environment using MS Office Applications. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently in the MS Office Software environment.

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Almost all application specialist positions require that you have a good deal of knowledge of technology and its day-to-day changes. The jobs require application specialists to be expert in several computer programs and data interfaces. It can be a rewarding job if you enjoy being around technology and working closely with colleagues and customers.

There are several types of application specialist positions, ranging from data application specialists to application systems specialists to administrative application specialists. Because every company that deals with money needs at least one.

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  • Student Dedication – Give your all and practice daily
  • Career Placement – Work hard and have no worries

Application Specialists provide help and advice to people and organizations who use computer software or equipment. To do this, many skills come into play, such as the following.

Core skills: Based on job listings we analyzed, employers want Application Specialists with these core skills. If you want to work as an Application Specialist, focus on the following.

  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Critical-thinking, problem-solving and time-management skills
  • Ability to navigate operating systems
  • Desktop communications
  • Configuration management and query software
  • Familiarity with PC’s
  • Systems analysis

Advanced skills: While most employers did not specifically require the following skills, several job listings include them as preferred skills.  To broaden your career options, add these to your Application Specialist toolbox.

  • Information ordering – The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
  • Category flexibility – The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Deductive reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • Fluency of ideas – The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic


  • 6 Months – day or evening classes
  • 3 Months – only day classes

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 11

Subjects / learning areas:

MS Outlook
MS Word
MS Excel
MS PowerPoint
MS Access

Possible Careers:

  • Office administrator
  • Personal assistant
  • Project team member
  • Call Center Operator
  • Data capture
  • Office clerk
  • Cashier
  • Secretary
  • Receptionist


  • Lecturer-based classes
  • Practical application of programs

Course Price:

  • Contact the Academic Councilor


  • ATTI Office Application Specialist Skills Certificate
  • Individual unit standards NQF level 3
  • External International Exams at own cost.

Up To Date Curriculum

Windows is a series of operating systems developed by Microsoft. Each version of Windows includes a graphical user interface, with a desktop that allows users to view files and folders in windows. For the past two decades, Windows has been the most widely used operating system for personal computers PCs.
A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.
Microsoft Word or MSWORD (often called Word) is a graphical word processing program that users can type with. It is made by the computer company Microsoft. Its purpose is to allow users to type and save documents. Similar to other word processors, it has helpful tools to make documents.
Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications. Spreadsheets present tables of values arranged in rows and columns that can be manipulated mathematically using both basic and complex arithmetic operations and functions.
Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful presentation software developed by Microsoft. It is a standard component of the company’s Microsoft Office suite software, and is bundled together with Word, Excel and other Office productivity tools. The program uses slides to convey information rich in multimedia.
MS Access is defined as a database computer program by Microsoft used to organize and use information for home or business. An example of MS Access is a program for keeping detailed notes about all your business contacts.


Simangaliso Shabalala
Simangaliso Shabalala Graphics and Programming Lecturer
Thys Lourens
Thys Lourens Senior Technical Lecturer