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 Bookkeeping (CIB), and the Canadian Payroll Association programs.
Many of the ADAC courses transfer to the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping. If interested, please contact the Chair for more information.
Length: 37 weeks (ten months)
Textbooks: $1,800 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.
Minimum passing grade per course is 70%.
2020-21: $4,842.60 (Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm) $4,923.40 (Vernon)
Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.
You may start this program the first Monday of the month: September - November or January - March
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/30/2020