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IT Academy: digital curriculum & training on fundamental technology skills

Microsoft IT Academy provides libraries and their patrons access to online courseware for technology training at no cost.

Courses cover a variety of Microsoft products and skill levels – ranging from beginner users to advanced technical courses that qualify for Microsoft Certification testing.

How do I access IT Academy?

Register for IT Academy using the New Users link at the top of this page. Follow the instructions provided at IT Academy to select courses that interest you.

More detailed instructions (.pdf)

The IT Academy Help page also provides instructions for registering and accessing your courses, as well as answers to many frequently asked questions.

Read the IT Academy Help page

What will I need to get started?

Did you know: Microsoft's Digital Literacy program has easy multimedia courses on computer basics, the Internet, and online safety – no sign-in required. If you are new to using computers you may wish to start here and return to IT Academy later.

What if I don't have a library card?

If you are a Washington state resident, but do not have a valid library card, you can still sign up through the State Library.

What are the system requirements to access these courses?

If you are using a Library computer

Our computer management reservation system will only allow 90-minute sessions. Your Windows Live ID is tied to the courses you select; if you need to continue beyond time allowed, the course will remember the point at which you finished, and you can resume at the same point when you log in again.

Reserve a library computer in advance

If you are taking the courses at home

Please make sure your computer complies with Microsoft’s requirements for these courses. Each course has its own set of system requirements you can view to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements to play the course.

  • Once you have located a course of interest, click the course title.
  • On the resulting course detail page, click System requirements.

What courses are available?

Course topics include:

  • Server
  • Windows Server
  • Exchange Server
  • Lync Server
  • Sharepoint
  • Virtualization
  • System Center
  • Desktop
  • Windows
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Office Suite
  • Office
  • Office 365
  • Database
  • SQL Server
  • Developer
  • Visual Studio
  • Windows Azure
  • Windows Phone

Certifications & Test Centers

IT Academy training courses will prepare you for certification in several areas, including:

Once you have completed your courses, you can apply for Microsoft Certification testing. You will be responsible for any costs associated with testing. The following locators give test locations for particular courses:

Certiport testing locator (for academic outlets)
Prometric testing locator (for commercial outlets)