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Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals

Method of Instruction: Onsite or Online

Language: English or French

Course Duration: 8 hours over two days

Establishment: Cestar Collège, Sherbrooke Campus

Course Description

This course introduces Microsoft 365, an integrated cloud platform that delivers industry-leading productivity apps along with intelligent cloud services, and world-class security.

This course is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud-based solutions to facilitate productivity and collaboration on-site, at home, or a combination of both.

You’ll learn foundational knowledge on the considerations and benefits of adopting cloud services and the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, with a specific focus on Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings. You will begin by learning about cloud fundamentals, including an overview of cloud computing. You will be introduced to Microsoft 365 and learn how Microsoft 365 solutions improve productivity, facilitate collaboration, and optimize communications.

The course then analyzes how security, compliance, privacy, and trust are handled in Microsoft 365, and it concludes with a review of Microsoft 365 subscriptions, licenses, billing, and support.

Course Schedule and Duration

The following sections are available for registration:

Course is 1 full work day of 8 hours, or 2 half days of 4 hours each.


Option 1: Fall 2024
Mondays - 8:30am - 10:30am <break> 11am - 1pm
Tuesdays - 8:30am - 10:30am <break> 11am - 1pm


Method of Learning

A combination of online and onsite training tailored according to your needs to help you get the education you need at your own convenience

Course Prerequisites and Admission

Candidates may have knowledge of cloud-based solutions or may be new to Microsoft 365. The Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals certification could be a great fit for you if you’d like to:

  • Demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud services, such as standard practices, considerations, and benefits.
  • Show fluency in SaaS solutions; particularly Microsoft 365 offerings.
  • Highlight familiarity with the Microsoft 365 cloud service options currently available.


Required Materials

Ref: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals Courseware for Certification Exam - MindhubPro Global

Student access to the course content and resources for 6 months including:
CertPREP lessons
Text, video, and end of lesson questions
Lab suite content
Practice Test with Practice and Certification modes


What are the system requirements for Microsoft 365? – Columbia Virtual Academy (


Tech Requirements for Attending Cestar Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Cestar Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

Lesson 1 - Understand cloud concepts
-Skill 1.1: Detail and understand the benefits and considerations of using cloud services
-Skill 1.2: Understand the different types of cloud services available

Lesson 2 - Understand core Microsoft 365 services and concepts
-Skill 2.1: Describe the core Microsoft 365 components
-Skill 2.2: Compare core services in Microsoft 365 with corresponding on-premises services
-Skill 2.3: Understand the concept of modern management
-Skill 2.4: Understand Office 365 ProPlus
-Skill 2.5: Understand collaboration and mobility with Microsoft 365
-Skill 2.6: Describe analytics capabilities in Microsoft 365

Lesson 3 - Understand security, compliance, privacy, and trust in Microsoft 365
-Skill 3.2: Understand identity protection and managementSkill 3.3: Understand the need for unified endpoint  management, security usage scenarios and services
-Skill 3.4: Understand the Service Trust Portal and Compliance Manager

Lesson 4 - Understand Microsoft 365 pricing and support
-Skill 4.1: Understand licensing option available in Microsoft 365
-Skill 4.2: Plan, predict, and compare pricing
-Skill 4.3: Describe support offerings for Microsoft 365 services
-Skill 4.4: Understand the service lifecycle in Microsoft 365



Debby Peetam

In her eight years as a career and technical education teacher Debby Peetam has been privileged to work with students of various ages and international backgrounds to build practical career skills. Her goal is to create academically engaging learning experiences and help people advance their career. Committed to sharing her passion for business management and technology, she also teaches courses in business management, language and communications, secretarial studies and computing support.


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