Administrative Assistant Certificate

Campus Distance (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov), Vernon (Sep), Penticton (Sep), Salmon Arm (Sep), Kelowna (Sep)
Delivery Distance/Online, Full-Time
Credential Certificate
Notes

Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.

For Distance:

You may start this program the first Monday of the month: September - November or January - March

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Program Highlights

In this program students learn a variety of skills from word processing, spreadsheets, database, desktop publishing, computerized accounting, and presentation software. 

As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with the business, communication, and technical skills required by today’s employers. 

Tuition and Fees

2021-22: $4,931.29 (Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm) $5,016.27 (Vernon)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Program Details

The Administrative Assistant Certificate program is a 1,110 hour (37 week) certificate program which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, computerized accounting, and presentation software. Students also learn business communications, business math, office procedures, effective job search techniques, accounting, and self-management skills. There is a three-week practicum component to this certificate.

The Administrative Assistant Certificate program is offered on campus as well as online. On-site students are normally enrolled full time; students wishing to take courses on campus on a part-time basis should consult with the department chair. Online students may complete the program part time. 

Graduates may be employed as receptionists, general clerks, administrative or executive assistants, and other similar careers.

Graduates may also continue their education as the Administrative Assistant Certificate program is recognized by other programs such as the Okanagan College Legal Administrative and Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate programs. As well, select courses transfer to the Okanagan College Business Administration, Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB), and the Canadian Payroll Association programs.

In-class alternate delivery

In-class alternate delivery:

  • uses sophisticated class management software
  • runs on a Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. schedule
  • instructor led by fully qualified, experienced post-secondary instructors
  • are interactive and engaging

Online delivery

Online delivery:

  • flexible program that allows you to choose when you study and work on your course materials
  • student-led and self-paced
  • ability to contact your instructor for any course assistance or questions

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Admission Requirements

  • 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.

 

Program Outline

OADM 110 Communications I
OADM 111 Letter Writing
OADM 127 Administrative Assistant Simulation
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 132 Organizational Software
OADM 135 Records Management
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADM 143 Accounting I
OADM 142 Payroll Accounting
OADM 152 Accounting Software I
OADM 165 Presentation Graphics
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADM 168 Database
OADM 169A Spreadsheet I
OADM 169B Spreadsheets II
OADM 171 Desktop Publishing
OADM 174 Keyboarding
OADM 128 Word Processing I
OADM 129 Word Processing II
OADM 180 Self-Management Skills
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADM 182 Office Practicum
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows adults with considerable life and work experience to verify that they possess the skills and/or knowledge required in some university/college level courses and receive credit for those courses. PLA is available in the following courses:
OADM 128 Word Processing I
OADM 110 Communications I
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 135 Records Management
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADM 143 Accounting I
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADM 168 Database
OADM 169 Spreadsheets
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques

Students who are in the Administrative Assistant program and pass OADM 165, 167, 169 and 128/129 may apply for equivalence for BUAD 128 Computer Applications I.

Students who are in the Administrative Assistant or Accounting/Bookkeeping programs and pass OADM 143 and 142 may apply for equivalence for BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I.

Students who are in the Administrative Assistant program and pass OADM 110, 111 and 181 may apply for equivalence for CMNS 112 Business Communication I.

Students who are in the Accounting/Bookkeeping program and pass OADM 145, 169A and 169B may apply for equivalence for BUAD 128 Computer Applications I.

Students who are in the Accounting/Bookkeeping program and pass OADM 144 may apply for equivalence for BUAD 121 Financial Accounting II.

Minimum passing grade per course is 70%.

 

 

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