FAQs about the New Online Certification in OPAC 10.8

We’re pleased to announce a new version of OPAC featuring a significant upgrade to the OPAC Certification process. The OPAC Certificates are now electronic and online! Current classroom clients will receive their upgrade CD soon.

Q. Why is the new online OPAC Certification a big deal?

The OPAC Certification has been a staple in the business education community for twenty years now.  The thing is that paper certificates—like diplomas—are nice for hanging on a wall, but they aren’t very useful otherwise.  Electronic certificates, on the other hand, are portable, renewable, verifiable, and permanent.

Q. What does this new certification mean for business educators?

Business educators’ main focus is the development of their students.  One thing that educators will all agree upon is that students need something to encourage them.  Encouragement to do their best, encouragement to complete, encouragement to push as far as they can push…all are vital.  The OPAC electronic certificates take on this encouragement role wonderfully.  Rather than waiting to the very end of the students’ program to issue a certificate, the new OPAC electronic certificates should be administered early in a program.  Once done, students are notified electronically that the certificates exist.  As the students achieve certification levels on more tests, the certificates update automatically, creating an impetus for students to achieve more and more success.  An unintended consequence of certifying up front is that the instructors are not under pressure come graduation time to be certain that the certificate data is transmitted and the certificates are received in time for graduation or program’s end.

Q. How will it benefit business students?

The new online OPAC Certificates feature an online certificate that is a PDF-based document.  Upon initial certification, this PDF document is emailed directly to the student, along with a link to the OPAC Certification website.  This website permanently stores the OPAC Certification data so that certificates may be displayed and saved at any time.  Built in to each certificate is a permalink that students can insert into their job applications so that prospective employers are able to view and verify their OPAC Certificates.  A lost certificate can be remedied by simply returning to the OPAC Certification website, searching by name, and printing, saving or emailing a new copy of the certificate.

Q. Is the online certification available now? How do current clients upgrade?

The OPAC certification site is up and running and is compatible with OPAC 10.8 and above.  Classroom clients on annual maintenance are receiving their latest copies of the software.  Any clients wishing to issue OPAC Certificates should contact their OPAC Software representatives at 800-999-0438 and get a new copy of the software!

Additional Information:

Students Meet the Job Market Head-on with OPAC Modern Office Technology Certification

Whenever a student attempts to transition from the safety of the schoolhouse to the dangers of the real world, the outcome is much more likely to be positive if he or she is prepared. A new, electronic job-ready certification from OPAC will help make this a reality.

When it comes to making a successful transition from student life to career life, it helps to have a recommendation. But how does one do so if she has never been employed? The old adage, it is not what you know but rather, who you know, can be a very helpful way to get one’s foot in the door with an employer. In order to impress, applicants must show that what they know can carry the day. The electronic certification from OPAC can help with both aspects. Because the OPAC software is used by employers to measure critical skills and abilities necessary for success on the job, students who are already certified have a document that speaks to their level of proficiency.

What employers want, need and expect from their job applicants is one who possesses the fundamental computer skills, such as keyboarding, data-entry and ten-key, and also knows how to use the installed software tools that automate so much of our work. Job applicants must be able to use word-processing software to create documents such as business letters, reports, meeting minutes and bulletins. They must be able to manipulate numbers and data sets using spreadsheet programs. Presentations must be generated that are nice-looking, articulate and thoughtful. Gone are the days when these skills would be trained on the job. Employers simply expect their applicants to possess them on day one of the job.

Additional Information:

“We are proud to introduce the new and improved, electronic version of the OPAC certificate,” explains OPAC V.P. of Products Michael Callen. “Students are able to take tests at licensed testing locations that will electronically (and instantly) upload the scores to the OPAC Certification server. Students are not only able to print additional copies directly from the website, but are provided with a permalink that can be shared in electronic resumes or job applications with employers. No more waiting for days or weeks for certificates to be generated, printed, and mailed. The best part is that if a student becomes certified in more areas after a certificate is issued, the e-certificate will be updated automatically as long as the testing took place at the same test location.”

If you are a business educator interested in providing OPAC certification to your students or would like more information, please contact us.