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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 & Certification group will close.

At that time, Microsoft Productivity (i.e., Outlook, Word, Access, Excel) and Adobe multimedia (InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop) workshops will be discontinued and George Mason University will no longer serve as a CertiPort testing center. Please note that Blackboard, Equity & Diversity, Banner and Fiscal Services workshops will continue to be offered at the University.

Additional services previously offered by the Training & Certification group including one-on-one consultations, end-note 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.

To assist the user community, SkillPort 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 summer semester. Check back here in late March for updates and additional information on this transition. Questions can be directed to


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).

January 12, 2015 – January 16, 2015 | Workshops will posted in the month of December. | 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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