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

See Program Costs for details regarding current fees.

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

Admission Requirements

See Admission Requirements for details.

Outcomes

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.

Courses

The program offers three specialties Accounting AssistantAdministrative Assistant, and Legal Administrative Assistant.

Accounting Assistant

This specialty is invaluable for a person who aims to work in a business where both bookkeeping and a variety of software and office-related skills are required. Students gain valuable knowledge in business math and calculator processes as well as bookkeeping procedures and concepts, including using automated accounting software. In addition, students develop aptitude with industry-standard business software applications from the Microsoft Office suite and obtain skills in human relations and business English.

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

Career Opportunities 

Graduates have found career opportunities in government, accounting, insurance, and real estate firms. Graduates may apply for occupations such as accounts payable and/or accounts receivable clerk, accounting assistant, payroll clerk, finance assistant, bookkeeper, data entry clerk, and other financial and bookkeeping support positions. 

Semester I

Credits

OADM 120T - (Business Math and Calculators)

1.5

OADM 121T - (Accounting I)

1.5

OADM 130T - (Business English)

3

OADM 136T - (Human Relations and Office Procedures)

3

OADM 146T - (Office Computer Applications I)

3

Total Credits

12

Semester II

Credits

OADM 122T - (Accounting II)

3

OADM 123T - (Computerized Accounting)

3

OADM 147T - (Office Computer Applications II)

3

OADM 148T - (Office Computer Applications III)

3

Total Credits

12

Semester III

Credits

OADM 135T - (Employment Strategies)

1.5

OADM 156T - (Electronic Information Management )

1

OADM 185T - (Office Practicum) or
OADM 181T - (Level II Project)

1.5

OADM 186T - (Accounting Capstone)

2

Total Credits

6

Year 1 Credits

30

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. 

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. Graduates may apply for occupations such as administrative assistant, secretary, office clerk, receptionist, executive assistant, office manager, and a variety of other support staff positions. 

Semester I

Credits

OADM 115T - (Administrative Procedures)

1.5

OADM 120T - (Business Math and Calculators)

1.5

OADM 130T - (Business English)

3

OADM 136T - (Human Relations and Office Procedures)

3

OADM 146T - (Office Computer Applications I)

3

Total Credits

12

Semester II

Credits

OADM 138T - (Business Communications)

3

OADM 147T - (Office Computer Applications II)

3

OADM  148T - (Office Computer Applications III)

3

OADM 149T - (Office Computer Applications IV)

3

Total Credits

12

Semester III

Credits

OADM 135T - (Employment Strategies)

1.5

OADM 156T - (Electronic Information Management )

1

OADM 185T - (Office Practicum) or
OADM 181T - (Level II Project)

1.5

OADM 187T - (Administrative Capstone)

2

Total Credits

6

Year 1 Credits

30

Legal Administrative Assistant

This specialty's certificate is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to join a firm’s legal support staff at the junior level. Students gain in-depth procedural law training in a variety of areas such as conveyancing, litigation, family law, corporate law, and wills and estates. In addition, students complete training in administrative and interpersonal skills, as well as in the use of computers and software including word processing and email applications.

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

Career Opportunities 

Graduates have found career opportunities 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. Graduates may apply for occupations such as legal administrative assistants, legal support assistants, legal receptionists, legal secretaries, legal admin support clerks, conveyancers, corporate secretary, litigation assistants, and other legal office support positions. 

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

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 & Applied Technology here at VIU, helping to support a number of programs, including Office Administration. I handle multiple projects & 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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