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Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Certificate

The Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Certificate is a preparatory program for students who wish to enrol in upper-level Office Administration specialty programs. In the Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Certificate program, students will learn essential business skills such as business communications, keyboarding, business corrrespondence, computer essentials, internet, office procedures, word processing, presentation software, and business math. Graduates of the Administrative Assistant Fundamentals program will be ready to enter the Litigation Legal Administrative Assistant, Corporate/Conveyancing Legal Administrative Assistant, Accounting Assistant, or Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate programs. Graduates may also choose to continue with the Office Assistant Certificate or Administrative Assistant Certificate programs.

The Administrative Assistant Fundamentals Certificate may be taken 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.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: A minimum grade of 67% in Applications of Mathematics 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education Mathematics course; or a minimum score of 70% on a basic business mathematics assessment.
    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11, or the equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course or a minimum score of 70% on a basic business mathematics assessment.
  • English 11 with minimum 67% or alternatives; or a minimum score of at least 70% on a basic English comprehension assessment.

Keyboarding speed (20 wpm) is desirable. Mature students are encouraged to contact the department for a review of prior learning.

Graduation Requirements:

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

Program Outline

One of:
OADM 110 Communications I
OADO 110 Business English
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 165 Presentation Graphics
OADM 165 Presentation Graphics
One of:
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADO 167 Introduction to Computers and the Internet
One of:
OADM 174 Keyboarding
Or both:
OADO 173 Keyboarding I
OADO 174 Keyboarding II
One of:
Or both:
OADO 175 Word Processing I
OADO 176 Word Processing II
One of:
OADM 180 Self-Management Skills
OADO 180 Human Relations

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Office Administration





2014-15: $2,082.68 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $2,096.07 (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



The in-class program qualifies for government student assistance.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 02/25/2018