Administrative Assistant

This specialty's certificate is designed to provide students with the technical, administrative, and human relations skills required in today’s office environments. Students gain in-depth training in administrative and interpersonal skills, as well as in the use of computers and popular software applications, including the Microsoft Professional Office Suite and the Windows environment. Students learn to use computers and software applications to solve problems, manage information, and enhance document production.

A two-week practicum course is available at the end of the program for eligible students.

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 Opportunities

Graduates 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. OADM graduates work as administrative assistants, secretaries, office clerks, receptionists, executive assistants, office managers, and a variety of other support staff positions.

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Student Maddy Thomas

Maddy Thomas

Administrative Assistant Graduate

“I am a queer Metis person who took the program because I was looking for a more stable career that would allow me to provide customer service because I love helping people. This program was the first time in my post-secondary education that I learned valuable skills that I could actually use in the real world. I am now a Program & Registration Assistant in the Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology here at VIU, helping to support a number of programs, including Office Administration. I handle multiple projects and tasks, working with deadlines and communicating with faculty, students, and management. Skills from the program that have helped me the most in my job include time management, organization, business communications, and computer technologies. I am known around the office as the 'tech guru'!”

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