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OFFICE ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATES


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Offering online and in class programs, Office Administration is a fast and easy step into many exciting career opportunities.

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 programs to specialty programs. Office Administration programs 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.

Find out more about our programs.


Administrative Assistant
Accounting/Bookkeeping
Office Assistant
Legal Administrative Assistant - Litigation Specialist
Legal Administrative Assistant - Corporate/Conveyancing Specialist

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ONLINE OFFICE ADMINISTRATION COURSES & PROGRAMS


Study from home and have a flexible class schedule with our online Office Administration programs.


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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE

Career Opportunities with the Administrative Assistant Certificate

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Account Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Financial Services Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • General Clerk
  • Government Clerk

The Administrative Assistant (ADAC) program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of business settings. 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. 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

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.

The full daytime ADAC program is offered at all four Okanagan College Campuses: Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.  Students attend classes for six hours a day, Monday through Friday for ten months, from September to June each year.

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 (Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton) 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. Please email the Office Administration Department at oadm@okanagan.bc.ca  by phone toll free (877) 755-2266 if you require specific information on Prior Learning Assessment.

Administrative Assistant Program Costs

Total Cost for the Administrative Assistant Certificate is approximately $6,838*

Costs include:                                                                                                                                              

  • Tuition $3,987*
  • Texts approximately $1,800* if purchased new – used texts are available
  • Dental/Extended Health $251.40* (may be waived) (onsite only)
  • Student activity, printing, parking, and other ancillary fees $800** (onsite)

Eligible for StudentAidBC student loans (on-campus program) 
Eligible for sponsorship through government and private agencies

Requirements include:

  • Software including Office 2016
  • High-speed Internet
  • PC with sufficient memory and processing speed (please note that Macs are not recommended nor supported)

  * Note:  Costs are estimated and subject to change.                                           
** Note:  Student fees vary between campuses and include education technology, activity, student association and other fees.  For exact figures, check with the campus office of the centre that you wish to attend.

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ACCOUNTING/BOOKKEEPING CERTIFICATE (ABC)

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Career Opportunities with the Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

  • Account Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Home-based employment
  • Financial Services Clerk
  • Real Estate Assistant
  • Government Clerk

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.  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.  

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.                                                                                                                           

The full-time Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate program is offered at the KLO campus in Kelowna and online through Okanagan College. Students attend classes for six hours a day, Monday through Friday for 20 weeks (600 hours) from September to mid-February.

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.

Accounting/Bookkeeping Program Costs

Total Cost for the Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate is $3.956*

Costs include:

  • Tuition $2,156*
  • Texts approximately $1,200* if purchased new – used texts may be available
  • Printing fees, Dental/Extended Health (may be waived), student activity and other ancillary fees $600**

Eligible for sponsorship through government agencies
Eligible for student loans

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OFFICE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE

Career Opportunities with the Office Assistant Certificate

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Real Estate Assistant
  • General Clerk
  • Government Clerk


The Office Assistant Program (OAC) is a 17-week program for students who have no prior business education or experience. This program is designed to be an introduction to Office Administration. Graduates of the OAC program will be employed as receptionists and office assistants in business of all types and sizes.

Students in the OAC program learn essential business skills such as business English, business correspondence, computer essentials, Internet, office procedures, word processing, business math, and spreadsheets. 

The full daytime Office Assistant program is offered at all four Okanagan College Campuses: Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.  Daytime students attend classes for six hours a day, Monday through Friday for 17 weeks, beginning in September each year. 

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. 

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

Office Assistant Program Costs

Total Cost for the Office Assistant Certificate is $3,359*

Costs include:

  • Tuition $1,833*
  • Texts approximately $1,000* if purchased new – used texts are available.
  • Dental/Extended Health $125.70* (may be waived)
  • Student activity, parking, printing and other ancillary fees $400**

Eligible for StudentAidBC student loans (on-campus program) 
Eligible for sponsorship through government and private agencies

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LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CERTIFICATES

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Career Opportunities with the Legal Administration Assistant – Corporate/Conveyancing and/or Litigation Certificate

  • Conveyancing Administrative Assistants in law, government or private business offices.
  • Litigation Administrative Assistants in law offices specializing in family law, personal injury or civil law
  • Government Office Clerks
  • Real Estate Office conveyancers or assistants
  • Legal Administrative Assistants in law offices specializing in wills, estates or corporate law
  • Assistants to Notaries Public 

– 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.

The Litigation Certificate program is a 19-week, full-time program, offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, September to mid-January each year at the KLO Campus in Kelowna.

– Corporate/Conveyancing Specialist

The Corporate/Conveyancing 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 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.

The Corporate/Conveyancing Certificate program is a 20 week, full-time program, offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, mid-January to June each year at the KLO Campus in Kelowna.

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.

Legal Administration Assistant – Corporate/Conveyancing and Litigation Costs

Legal Administrative Assistant On-Site Certificate Program
Length Costs
Litigation Certificate   
(includes tuition, costs for texts, printing, student activity, parking and other ancillary fees**)
19 weeks $3,318*
Corporate/Conveyancing Certificate
(includes tuition, costs for texts, printing, student activity, parking and other ancillary fees**)
20 weeks $3,739*

There is a different fee structure for online Legal Administrative Assistant courses.  Please contact the online coordinator at oadm@okanagan.bc.ca. (877) 755-2266 for full online course details.

Eligible for StudentAidBC loans (on-campus program)
Eligible for sponsorship through government and employment agencies

* Note: Costs are estimated and subject to change.  Online course tuition costs are slightly higher; however, online students pay fewer ancillary fees.  Contact the online course coordinator at oadm@okanagan.bc.ca for detailed online course costs.

** Note:  Student fees vary between campuses and include education technology, activity, student association and other fees.  For exact figures, check with the campus office at the College campus that you wish to attend.

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