Office Assistant Certificate

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

For Distance:

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

Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.

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Program Highlights

This entry-level program is for students interested in working business offices. Learn about business communications, computer essentials, office procedures, business math, word processing, spreadsheets and database software. Graduates are able to start a career as a receptionist or office assistant and can take further courses to specialize in areas of interest.

Tuition and Fees

2022-23: $2,518.85 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm), $2,563.11 (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.

Program Details

The 510-hour (17 weeks) Office Assistant Certificate program is an entry-level program for students interested in working in business offices. Students in this program learn essential business skills such as business communications, computer essentials, office procedures, business math, word processing, spreadsheet and database software. Graduates may be employed as receptionists, file clerks, and office assistants. Graduates of this program may also choose to continue their education by enrolling in more advanced Office Administration programs such as the Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Legal Administrative Assistant, or Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate programs.

The Office 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 site on a part-time basis should consult with the department chair. Online students may complete the program part time.

In-class delivery (17 weeks): 

  • 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 
  • are interactive and engaging 

Distance Education online delivery (510 hours): 

  • 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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Program quick facts


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

One of:
OADM 110 Business Communications
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 132 Organizational Software
OADM 135 Records Management
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADM 169A Spreadsheet I
OADM 174 Keyboarding
OADM 128 Word Processing I
OADM 180 Self-Management Skills
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADM 165 Presentation Graphics

Graduation from the Office Assistant Certificate program requires successful completion of all courses in the program with a minimum final grade of 70 per cent in each.



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