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Office Assistant Certificate

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.

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

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.

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 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADO 167 Introduction to Computers and the Internet
One of:
OADM 169 Spreadsheets
OADO 169 Spreadsheets I
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 180 Self-Management Skills
OADO 180 Human Relations
One of:
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADO 181 Job Search

Program Area:

Office Administration

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Sep)
  • Vernon (Sep)
  • Penticton (Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Sep)
  • Kelowna (Feb, Sep)




  • Distance/Online
  • Full-Time


2019-20: $2,265.19 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm), $2,302.26 (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.


For Distance:

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

Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 05/24/2019