Administrative Assistant Certificate

The administrative assistant certificate offers students training in Microsoft Office software, administrative and office procedures, and proofreading skills that are necessary in today’s offices.  Students gain in-depth training in computers and software and become experts in grammar and proofreading techniques.  A two-week practicum course is available in a local office at the end of the program for eligible students.  Check out our Q&A page for more details about our administrative assistant courses.

Office Administration graduates get great jobs!  

Program Costs

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Admission Requirements

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A Vancouver Island University 30-credit administrative assistant certificate will be awarded to each successful graduate.

Career Opportunities

Administrative assistant graduates leave the Office Administration program with a diversity of transferable skills.  Graduates are employed in hundreds of local offices in the private sector and union environments, including federal, provincial, and municipal government offices; school district offices; universities; major corporations; and mid-sized and small companies. Graduates work as administrative assistants, secretaries, office clerks, receptionists, executive assistants, office managers, and registration assistants and are the glue that hold any office together.

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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