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Administrative Assistant Certificate

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 Bookkeepers, and the Canadian Payroll Association programs.

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.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum passing grade per course is 70%.

Program Outline

One of:
OADM 110 Communications I
OADO 110 Business English
One of:
OADM 111 Letter Writing
OADO 111 Busness Communications
One of:
OADM 127 Administrative Assistant Simulation
OADO 127 Integrated Projects - Administrative
One of:
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADO 130 Business Math and Calculators
One of:
OADM 135 Records Management
OADO 135 Records Management
One of:
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADO 136 Administrative Procedures
One of:
OADM 143 Accounting I
Or both of:
OADO 140 Accounting I
OADO 141 Accounting II
One of:
OADM 142 Payroll Accounting
BACC 243 Payroll Administration
One of:
OADM 152 Accounting Software I
OADO 152 Computerized Accounting
BACC 241 Computerized Accounting I
One of:
OADM 165 Presentation Graphics
OADO 165 Presentation Software
One of:
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADO 167 Introduction to Computers and the Internet
One of:
OADM 168 Database
OADO 168 Database
One of:
OADM 169 Spreadsheets
OADO 169 Spreadsheets I
One of:
OADM 171 Desktop Publishing
OADO 171 Desktop Publishing
One of:
OADM 174 Keyboarding
Or both:
OADO 173 Keyboarding I
OADO 174 Keyboarding II
One of:
OADM 128 Word Processing I
OADO 175 Word Processing I
One of:
OADM 129 Word Processing II
OADO 176 Word Processing II
One of:
OADM 180 Self-Management Skills
OADO 180 Human Relations
One of:
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADO 181 Job Search
One of:
OADM 182 Office Practicum

Prior Learning Assessment

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 110 Communications I
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 135 Records Management
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADM 168 Database
OADM 169 Spreadsheets
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
For an application, fee schedule or more information about Prior Learning Assessment, contact the Office Administration department at (250) 862-5610 or email oadm@okanagan.bc.ca. Arrangements can be made to write the exams in Vernon, Salmon Arm, Penticton and Kelowna.
Transferability of OC's OADM courses: Students who pass OADM 165, 167, 169 and 175 will be granted equivalence for BUAD 128 Computer Applications I.
Students who pass OADM 140 and 142 may apply for equivalence for BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I.
Students who pass OADM 110, 111 and 181 will be granted equivalence for CMNS 112 Business Communication I.

Transfers with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping:

Many of the ADAC courses transfer to the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping. If interested, please contact the Chair for more information.

Other Program Information


Salmon Arm

Length: 37 weeks (ten months)

Textbooks: $900 approximately

Program Schedule: September to June

Graduates of the Administrative Assistant program may apply for certified administrative professional rating from the International Association of Administrative Professionals after four years of employment in the field.

Program Area:

Office Administration

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec)
  • Vernon (Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Sep)
  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Distance/Online
  • Full-Time


2017-18: $4,637.86 (Kelowna and Salmon Arm) $4,712.12 (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


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/22/2017