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A fast and easy step into many exciting career opportunities! Start your Online Office Administration Certificate today.

Are you:

  • A recent high school graduate looking to enter the workforce?
  • Looking for a career change?
  • Wanting to add technical skills to your resume?​

 

Then Office Administration is right for you!

Choose from entry-level to specialty programs. Office Administration programs ladder from one certificate to another as well as to other programs within Okanagan College. Taking an Office Administration program will be your first step towards a new career path with exciting opportunities.

Find out more about our programs.

Choose from a wide variety of online courses in business related subject areas such as business office software applications, accounting, office processes and technology. You may take courses individually for personal or professional development or you may work towards one of our six Office Administration certificates.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Office Assistant
  • Legal Administrative Assistant – Litigation specialist
  • Legal Administrative Assistant – Corporate/Conveyancing specialist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant

Online courses offer a very flexible alternative to attending school full time. You may complete your course work on your own schedule - evenings, weekends or holidays - whenever and where ever it is convenient for you. Our online classrooms use sophisticated class management software. Your online classes are instructor-led by fully qualified, experienced, post-secondary instructors, and are interactive and engaging. 

Online students may work from any location they choose as all course materials, activities and assignments are online. You are required to come to the College only to write supervised final exams. Online courses do have specific start and end dates, but there are multiple start dates for all courses (see registration form links below for specifics). You may register for and complete courses one by one as long as you have the course prerequisites. Online courses are not eligible for student loans.

For further information about Okanagan College Office Administration Online courses, please email oadm@okanagan.bc.ca or phone 1-877-755-2266.


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ONLINE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE (ADAC)


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The Administrative Assistant (ADAC) program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of business settings. Students in the ADAC program learn essential business skills such as verbal and written communication, administrative office procedures, computer software applications, manual and computerized accounting, payroll, Web page maintenance, transcription, business correspondence.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the ADAC program immediately begin a career in the business world. In fact, 90 percent of ADAC graduates from the past two years were employed in business offices very soon after graduation.  Some ADAC graduates have established and run very successful businesses.

Graduates of the ADAC program are employed as administrative assistants in private, school and government offices, real estate offices, service businesses, forestry companies, insurance agencies, banks, investment, radio and television offices, plus many others.  

Admission Requirements for the Administrative Assistant Certificate

  • B.C. Secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 11 with minimum 50% or alternatives; or a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English entrance test.
  • Touch typing and a keyboarding speed (20 wpm) is desirable.

You may write the basic reading comprehension and basic math assessment at any Okanagan College campus or in a supervised setting in your community.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit for previous learning. PLA may involve an evaluation exam, interview and/or portfolio assessment.

ONLINE ACCOUNTING/BOOKKEEPING CERTIFICATE (ABC)


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The Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate (ABC) program is designed for students who have some prior business education or experience, and who wish to specialize as accounting assistants or bookkeepers. Courses in this program include: business math and calculators, manual accounting including payroll, spreadsheets, essential office and job search skills, as well as two different accounting software programs, and a capstone course.  You will also participate in a 3-week practicum in an accounting or business office. 

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be ready to begin immediate employment with a small, medium or large company performing accounts payable, receivable, payroll or general accounting assistant duties.  Graduates of this program may also choose to begin their own home-based bookkeeping business.  

Admission Requirements for the Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

  • Graduation from Grade 12 (or equivalent); or mature student status (age 19 and out of full-time high school for at least one year prior to commencement of the program).
  • A minimum of a pass in any math 11 course or equivalent or a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration math assessment.
  • A pass in English 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education English course or a minimum score of at least 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English assessment.
  • OR Completion of an Okanagan College Office Administration certificate.

You may write the basic reading comprehension and basic math assessment at any Okanagan College campus or in a supervised setting in your community.


ONLINE OFFICE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE (OAC)



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The Office Assistant Program (OAC) is designed for students who have no prior business education or experience. This program is designed to be an introduction to Office Administration, and may be completed on-campus or online. Students in the OAC program learn essential business skills such as business English, business correspondence, Internet and computer essentials, office procedures, word processing, business math, and spreadsheets. 

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be ready to begin immediate employment with a small, medium or large company performing general assistant duties. Graduates of the OAC program will be employed as receptionists and office assistants in business of all types and sizes.

Admission Requirements for the Office Assistant Certificate

  • Graduation from Grade 12 (or equivalent); or mature student status (age 19 and out of full-time high school for at least one year prior to commencement of the program).
  • A pass in English 11 or an equivalent or a minimum of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English assessment.
  • Touch typing and a keyboarding speed of 20 wpm is desirable.

You may write the basic reading comprehension and basic math assessment at any Okanagan College campus or in a supervised setting in your community. 

 

ONLINE LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATES (LAA)



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Legal Administrative Assistant – Litigation specialist

The Litigation Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) certificate program is designed for students with prior office administration experience or training and who wish to work in a legal office environment. Graduates of the Litigation Certificate Program work in legal and government offices assisting lawyers who are involved with a variety of legal cases. Legal Administrative Assistants are also known as legal secretaries.

Legal Administrative Assistant – Corporate/Conveyancing specialist

The Corporate/Conveyancing Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) Graduates of the Corporate/Conveyancing program typically work for lawyers and other professionals who deal with property transfers and registrations. Government offices, property managers, notaries public, large public companies and real estate firms may also employ graduates of this program.

Admission Requirements for the Legal Administration Assistant– Corporate/Conveyancing and/or Litigation Certificate Programs

The entrance requirements for the Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate are currently under review. Students wishing to enroll in the Legal Administrative Assistant certificate programs must have the following prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Okanagan College's Office Assistant Certificate or equivalent OR
  • B.C. Secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes. AND
  • A minimum keyboarding speed of 35 new words per minute AND
  • A minimum score of 50% in English 11 alternatives; or a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English entrance test. AND
  • ONE of the following:
    • One full year of administrative assistant/secretarial experience within the past three years OR
    • A score of at least 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration computer essentials entrance test AND a score of at least 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration word processing entrance test.

You may write the basic reading comprehension and basic math assessment at any Okanagan College campus or in a supervised setting in your community.
  

ONLINE MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE (MAA)


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Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) is an online specialty certificate program designed for students with prior office administration experience or training who wish to attain the skills required to work in a medical or allied health office as a medical administrative assistant. Graduates of the Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate program may work as assistants in hospital departments including admitting, diagnostic imaging and outpatient clinics or in medical general practitioner and specialist offices and in medical clinics. Graduates work for allied health professionals in facilities such as physiotherapy offices and clinics, chiropractic offices and clinics and massage therapy and naturopathy offices and clinics. Graduates may also be employed by long-term care facilities and insurance companies.

Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements for the MAA certificate program may take the Office Assistant Certificate or a similar program to obtain the requirements for entry into the MAA Certificate. 

Applicants with prior experience and training but no official transcript may meet the MAA Certificate entrance requirements by completing challenge exams in English, math, keyboarding, computer and word processing to prove competence in these areas. 

Admission Requirements for the Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate 

Successful completion of Okanagan College's Office Assistant Certificate or equivalent; Or the following:

  • B.C. Secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • A minimum keyboarding speed of 35 net words per minute
  • A minimum score of 50% in English 11 or alternatives; or a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English entrance test; and
  • One full year of experience as an administrative assistant/secretary within the past three years; or
  • A minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration computer essentials entrance test AND a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration word processing entrance test

You may write the basic reading comprehension and basic math assessment at any Okanagan College campus or in a supervised setting in your community.

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Please contact the department at 
oadm@okanagan.bc.ca or by phone at (877) 755-2266 for further information.