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Closing of Training and Certification

As part of the University’s response to continued reductions in state funding and a decline in training needs at the University, effective May 5, 2015, the Information Technology Services Training and Certification unit will be ending some of their services.

At that time, Microsoft Office (i.e., Access, Excel, Outlook, Word) and Adobe multimedia (Dreamweaver, HTML, InDesign, Photoshop) workshops will be discontinued.

Please note that Blackboard, Equity & Diversity, Banner and Fiscal Services workshops will continue to be offered at the University

Previously offered services, such as one-on-one consultations and class presentations will be discontinued. Limited telephone support for Adobe and Microsoft software applications (including Outlook), will be available through the ITS Support Center – (703) 993-8870 or

To assist the user community, SkillPort (an online tutorial) will continue to be available as a training resource; and BYTE Week will continue to be offered the week before the start of every fall and spring semester.

George Mason University will remain a CertiPort testing center until September 4, 2015. For information on other CertiPort test sites, please click here

Training and Certification unit will offically close on September 4, 2015.

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IT Training provides the George Mason community—faculty, staff, students, and affiliates—with access to technology, fiscal services, and compliance, diversity and ethics workshops which is available through a number of departments here on campus.

Available workshops provide a group learning experience for acquiring basic to intermediate skills in selected applications, technologies and softskills.

Skillport, an online training application, provides a supplement to our workshop offerings that is flexible to meet the needs of the members of the university community.

How to Register for a Workshop


Before every fall and spring semester, the Training and Certification office also hosts BYTE week (Build Your Technology/Teaching Expertise).

August 24, 2015 – August 28, 2015 | Workshops will posted in the month of August. | View quick guides for selected workshops

BYTE workshops are presented to faculty, staff, graduate research assistants, and graduate teaching assistants in an effort to increase their technology skills to support the classroom and the university.

These workshops range from learning specific software applications (web, digital images, office applications, etc.) to incorporating various technologies into the syllabus and other aspects of work life.

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