Northstar Online Learning

Funded by the Washington State Library. Create a learner account to test your computer skills and build your understanding in needed areas through self-paced, online learning.

Getting started

To sign up as a Northstar learner and keep track of your progress, use your name and email address to set up a learner account online.

To sample Northstar before creating a learner account, you can take the tests without recording your progress through the Northstar Digital Literacy page. At this time, you can also sample the following Northstar online learning topics without a learner account: Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, and Career Search Skills

Want help getting started? Library staff can help you get a learner account (and an email address if you need one). Fill out a Learner form or call: 360-906-5000, 1-888-546-2707 (area code 509), or 1-800-921-6211 (Yale Valley) during phone service hours.

Wherever you are on your journey with computers, we are here to help! See all the FVRLibraries technology and computer learning options

Tests and certificates

Northstar has tests to help you see how much you already know about: 

  • Basic Computer Skills* 
  • Internet Basics* 
  • Using Email* 
  • Windows* 
  • Mac OS 
  • Microsoft Word* 
  • Microsoft Excel 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Google Docs 
  • Social Media 
  • Information Literacy 
  • Career Search Skills* 
  • Your Digital Footprint 
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning 

*You can learn more about these topics through Northstar's self-paced learning modules.

If you would like to earn a certificate for a test that you've passed in your learner account, you can request to retake the test with an online proctor. Fill out this form and library staff will contact you.