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

Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

  Distance, Kelowna
  Certificate

Administrative Assistant Certificate

  Distance, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna
  Certificate

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

  Distance, Kelowna
  Certificate

Office Assistant Certificate

  Distance, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kelowna
  Certificate

Delivery options

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

This option is for you if you still want a classroom experience, need a set schedule, and are available for full time course study.

As our in-class programs have temporarily moved to online due to COVID-19, your program will be the same schedule, same engaging instructor led program, just moved to a virtual classroom.

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 (student section > My Week-at-a-Glance Schedule). 

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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

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.

The academic year runs from Sept to June and is broken down into three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Summer. Course start dates are the first Monday of the month.

  • You can begin your program any month between September and April.
    • Fall Semester – Sept to Dec *last date to start is the first Monday in Dec.
    • Winter Semester – Jan to Mar *last date to start is the first Monday in March.
    • Summer Semester – April to July *last date to start is the first Monday in July.
      • You can only do short courses (8 weeks or less)for summer semester.
  • Each course will 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.
  • 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 oadm@okanagan.bc.ca.
  • No course will be full or waitlisted. You will get into any course you want to take 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 in that semester. 
  • Once you have registered, please email oadm@okanagan.bc.ca to indicate a start date (must be on a Monday) for each of the courses (complete with CRN number) you are registered in. The instructor will track your start and end dates. For example, email: CRN 32081 OADM 110 Communications I start date – October 8, 2018 for Mary Smith 300111222.
  • When you are nearing completion of those courses, register for others you wish to take and email your start dates.
     

Office Administration career paths

Office Assistant Certificate

Discover the fundamentals of office administration to start your career as a receptionist or office assistant, or take further courses in order to specialize as an accounting, legal or medical assistant.

Administrative Assistant Certificate

Obtain the skills you need to begin your career as an administrative professional. As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with the business, communication and technical skills required by today’s employers.

Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

Learn accounts payable/receivable, payroll and general bookkeeping to prepare you for a career as an accounting assistant or bookkeeper for small, medium or large companies.

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

Litigation Specialty and/or Corporate/Conveyancing Specialty Develop the skills to start your career as a legal administrative assistant in the areas of litigation and/or corporate law. Gain expertise in legal office procedures to begin a career in a legal, government or real estate offices.

Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate

Learn the medical terminology, transcription and billing procedures required to start your career as an assistant in a medical clinic, hospital or health office.

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