Office Career Training

Applied Business Technology

Applied Business Technology (Office Careers)

Cowichan Campus:  January 16, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Room 125

Nanaimo Campus:  April 23, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Building 180 Room 134


This in-class 10-month Certificate program provides thorough, in-depth training in the skills required by today’s office workers in order to be competitive in the job market. Current computer software applications are stressed, as well as the traditional skills and knowledge of business English, business calculations, office procedures, customer relations, and strong keyboarding skills.

The program offers three specialties: Accounting Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and Legal Administrative Assistant. A two-week work placement practicum is available at the end of the program for eligible students.

First Week of Classes

Administrative Assistant - Cowichan Campus, February 11, 2019

Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistant, Accounting Assistant - Nanaimo Campus, September 2, 2019

Program Costs

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(All fees are subject to change without prior notice.)

Admission Requirements

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A Vancouver Island University Certificate will be awarded to each graduate.

Career Options

Graduates of the Accounting Assistant specialty have found employment in government offices, municipal offices, accounting firms, accounting departments of both large and small businesses, insurance and real estate firms, and office support positions in a wide variety of businesses.

Graduates of the Administrative Assistant specialty will acquire a broad range of marketable skills which makes them ideally suited for many office positions. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of private and public sector firms, including federal, provincial, and municipal government offices; major corporations; desktop publishing firms, and many other mid-sized and small companies.

Graduates of the Legal Administrative Assistant specialty have gained employment in private law firms; Crown prosecutor’s offices; federal, provincial, and municipal government offices; real estate companies; offices of notaries public; insurance offices, and major corporations.


To become a student in the Applied Business Technology program, apply to VIU.

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