Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy

Welcome to the Washington State Library Microsoft IT Academy.

The IT Academy offers free, online, self-paced technology courses on three levels - basic digital literacy skills, Microsoft Office Skills and advanced skills for Microsoft professional certification. Through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, received funding from the legislature to cover the cost of the Microsoft IT Academy coursework for all Washington residents through community and technical college libraries, public libraries, tribal libraries and the Washington State Library. For more about this partnership, please visit the Microsoft IT Academy project page.

To access the IT Academy you need a Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) and an enrollment code, which is provided by the Library (see below).

1. Create or Use an Existing Microsoft Account:

You may already have a Microsoft account: Any email address ending with Hotmail.com, Outlook.com, MSN.com and Live.com is a Microsoft account. If you have one of these, you can log into the IT Academy with the same username (email address) and password you use to access your email or other account services for these sites. If you have an existing Microsoft Account, skip to the next section, Obtain and Activate an Access Code. If you don't have a Microsoft account though Hotmail.com, MSN.com, Outlook.com, or Live.com, you may use your existing email account (regardless of provider) as your username to set up a Microsoft account to access the IT Academy. Follow the step below to create a Microsoft account:

  1. Go to https://signup.live.com and click Sign up.
  2. You may enter your current email address OR create a new Microsoft email account if you want to keep a separate account.
  3. Complete the fields to create your Live ID/Microsoft account.
  4. Go back to your email account and verify your email.

2. Obtain and Activate an Access Code

Most of Washington state's libraries are participating in the IT Academy. If your library is participating, you should access the IT Academy through them; click here to locate your library and their IT Academy access page. Participating libraries may offer Access Codes in one or more of the following ways:

  • from the library's website (you may be asked to enter your library card number and PIN, or self-certify that you are a Washington resident);
  • in person

If you don't live in an area with library service, or your library isn't participating, or you are a State employee, you can access the IT Academy through the Washington State Library by completing the form below and clicking Submit. You will be taken directly into the IT Academy without having to enter the Access Code.

Zip Code (xxxxx-xxxx)

Are you a current Washington State employee? If so, please indicate which agency you work for. If no, select "Not a state employee." If you can't find the agency, choose "Agency not listed" and provide the name.

If available, enter your Washington State Employee ID

I certify that I am an employee or resident of the State of Washington. *

* Funding for the Microsoft IT Academy was provided by the Washington State Legislature for Washington State residents and employees only.

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