Microsoft Imagine Academy

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Thanks to funding from the Washington State Legislature and Microsoft, Washington State residents are now able to take FREE online courses to improve their skills on Microsoft's software through the IT Academy program.

With access to 250 online courses and resources on Microsoft software, including Windows operating systems, Office software like Word and Excel, and network and programming, you can start improving your business skills or learn basic and advanced computer skills today!

All you need to do is visit the Ritzville Public Library or Lind Community Library and ask for a Microsoft IT Academy brochure. The brochure covers how to get started and choose courses.  The Microsoft IT Academy also has a YouTube channel with several videos to help you get started!

To participate in the IT Academy program, you will need:

  • Microsoft email account (sign up at
  • Enrollment code, which is available at both library locations
  • Computer or tablet with an internet connection (DSL, broadband or satellite)

Please note: Apple iOS systems are not supported


Certification isn't required, but it's a great way to show potential educators and employers  that you've mastered the skills required to use programs like Word and Excel at school or in the workplace.

Taking a certification exam usually costs $50 or more, but thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Library, we can offer residents of Ritzville Library District #2 an opportunity to take these exams for free!  Just bring in a certificate from a Microsoft IT Academy course series as proof that you've completed it, and we'll provide you with a free exam voucher. 

Testing is available at our Ritzville branch Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.  Contact us at 509-659-1222 or to sign up for an exam. You can learn more about getting certified here or on our testing policy page.


Q: Do I have to access the IT Academy courses from a library computer?
A: No. You may use any computer with a good internet connection (DSL, broadband, or satellite).

Q: Which course should I start with?
A: We recommend that you start by learning more about the operating system on your computer (ex. Windows 7) and then move on to beginner courses on Word or Excel.

Q: How do I receive certification?
A: After you have successfully finished a series of courses, you can recieve professional certification by testing at a certification center like the one located at our Ritzville branch.  Contact us at 509-659-1222 or if you'd like to sign up for a certification exam.

Q: Does this cost anything?
IT Academy courses are completely free!  Certification (including one retake) is free for residents of Ritzville Library District #2 who can prove they've completed a series of courses.  Out of district testers must pay $50 for certification exams.

Having trouble? Email with any problems, comments, or success stories!

These programs are brought to you by a collaboration between Ritzville Library District #2, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Legislature, Washington State Library, and Microsoft.

Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.