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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.

Program Outline

One of:
OADM 110 Business Communications
OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 132 Organizational Software
OADM 135 Records Management
OADM 136 Office Procedures
OADM 167 Computer Essentials and the Internet
OADM 169A Spreadsheet I
OADM 174 Keyboarding
OADM 128 Word Processing I
OADM 180 Self-Management Skills
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADM 165 Presentation Graphics

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 Area:

Office Administration

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov)
    Entire program at this campus
  • Kelowna (Feb, Sep)
    Entire program at this campus




  • Distance/Online
  • Full-Time


2022-23: $2,518.85 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm), $2,563.11 (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 - November or January - March

Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.

As of September 29, 2022, offerrings in Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton are still pending.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022