Computer Skills for the Office

This is a course offered within our Workforce Development area.

The six-month, entry-level program is designed for people who need computer and workplace skills for career opportunities in the office environment. You will prepare to take the following certification exams:

  • Internet and Computing Core (IC3)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist

For more information about these certifications, visit

Students at a computer

As a self-paced program, you may enter the program at any time and are expected to complete the program and take your certification exams within six months. You are required to spend 20 hours a week working through the course material. An open lab in the Achievement Center in SC4's College Center is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

A qualified instructor will be available to coach students. You will meet with the lab instructor to construct a personal project plan to facilitate completion of all coursework and examinations within six months.

The cost of this program includes all materials and certification exam vouchers.


Must complete WorkKeys assessments:

  • Reading for information (level 4)
  • Applied mathematics (level 3)
  • Locating information (level 3)

Testing is $50 and should be completed at least one week prior to class start date. On test day, photo ID is required and no cell phones are allowed. To schedule testing, call (810) 989-5555. Information regarding free testing vouchers is available through the Michigan Works! office in Port Huron. You will need to place a current resume on the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website at

To take free practice tests online, visit Click on "Practice Tests" and "View Featured Resources," then "Prepare for the WorkKeys Assessments."

Job outlook

Average salary: $13.30 per hour in Michigan
Job outlook: 10% increase in Michigan through 2020
Types of jobs available: Administrative assistant, office manager, customer service representative

Open-entry program

Course number: ZPIT 725-01
Location: Achievement Center, Port Huron campus
480 contact hours
Cost: $5,000 

To register, call (810) 989-5500 or online. After registering, call (810) 989-5793 to schedule an orientation with your instructor.

Scholarships may be available. Download the application form here, or call (810) 989-5793 for more information.