Office Administration

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Office Administration is a fast and easy step into many exciting career opportunities. Choose from entry-level programs that ladder from one certificate to another as well as to other programs within Okanagan College and other institutions. Taking an Office Administration program will be your first step towards a new career with exciting options.

Explore our programs

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  • Full program offered
  • Partial program offered
  • Credential
  • International students
Bookkeeping/Accounting Technician
  • Kelowna, Distance
  • Certificate
Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Distance
  • Certificate
Office Assistant Certificate
  • Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Distance
  • Certificate

Delivery Options

In-class delivery

  • uses class management software
  • runs on a Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. schedule
  • instructor-led by fully qualified, experienced post-secondary instructors
  • hi-flex delivery: students can attend class in person on campus, or online

If you want a classroom experience, need a set schedule, and are available for full-time course study, this option is for you.

Once you have applied and been admitted into a program, we will register you into your courses and will send you your schedule and invoice via email or you can check your myOkanagan account (Self-service > Student > Registration > Week-at-a-Glance Schedule). 

Distance Education - Online delivery

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

This option is for you if you want a flexible full-time or part-time study option, are working around a current job or busy lifestyle, and want to pay-as-you learn for your courses. Please contact to see if this is available for your program of interest.

Additional Information

For the Bookkeeping/Accounting Technician Certificate (BAT), Administrative Assistant Certificate (ADAC), and Office Assistant Certificate (OAC), the academic year runs from September to August and is broken down into three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Summer:

  1. Winter Semester – Jan., Feb., and March
  2. Summer Semester – April, May, June, and July
  3. Fall Semester – Sept., Oct., and Nov.
  • Distance education is self-directed, and you can start your courses on the first Monday of the month almost every month except August and December as we have summer and winter break.
  • Each course will still have a specified number of hours/weeks to follow and a course specific schedule for assignment/quiz due dates. You can work ahead, but not behind the course-specific schedule.
  • An instructor is assigned to each course to assist with questions and grading, so you do have someone to reach out to if needed. 
  • There is a limit of 5 courses per semester you can register in. If you want to do more, you will need permission from the Department Chair at
  • No course will be full or waitlisted, so you don’t have to worry about not getting in. You can use the planning document to map out your course schedule.
  • As soon as you register for a course or courses you will pay for those courses. Only register for courses you are going to take each month. 
  • Registration for monthly courses typically opens two weeks before the first Monday of the month when the courses start and remains open for one week afterward for late registration. You can check ClassFinder to see which courses are available each month.

Admitted Students: Click here for Registration Guides and Online Planning tools for individual Distance Education programs

**Please note: There are limited courses available for the Bookkeeping/Accounting Technician Certificate in the Summer semester (April-July). If you are starting this program in the summer term, please be sure to check ClassFinder when planning your courses, or contact an advisor for help:

The Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate and Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate both follow a set program schedule.  Each course has a start and end date that must be followed, but there is no designated “class time” that you must be online for.  You only register for the courses you will take at a time (following the schedule).


Minimum passing grade per course is 70%


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