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Applied Business Technology Certificate - Administrative Assistant

10-month online certificate (post Office Assistant I certificate)

Where: Online
Starts: Varies by course. Contact an educational advisor.
  • Develop specialized office administration skills to advance your career in virtually every type of business and industry.
  • Be in demand: The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts administrative assistants will be the second most in-demand of top opportunity occupations requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 16,400 job openings available to 2024.
  • Learn in a flexible, interactive online classroom with instructor support every step of the way.

Career possibilities: Graduates qualify for positions such as office worker, office clerk, administrative assistant, professional assistant and more, and are prepared for employment in a variety of organizations, such as accounting, education, real estate and hospitality.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Skills you can use. Today’s businesses prefer to hire entry-level employees who are comfortable with a range of office skills. With an Administrative Assistant certificate, you’ll have specialized skills in desktop publishing, presentation, database management and more.
  • Virtual classrooms. As part of the BC Campus initiative, courses are available online, giving you the opportunity to study whenever, wherever you wish. You can complete your coursework on your own time while continuing to work.
  • Flexible schedules. Most courses are self-paced, and qualified students are admitted on a continuous basis subject to the availability of space. That means you can tailor your program to suit your ability, availability and lifestyle.
  • Credit for what you know. If you are transferring from another college or institution, you may be given credit for prior course work. Prior office work experience may also be eligible for credit. Check with an educational advisor for details.

Program Highlights

The Administrative Assistant certificate program is comprised of 10 online courses. You will complete tasks and assignments to meet specific deadlines, but may choose to complete them at times that best fit your schedule.

During the program, you will explore the diverse uses of spreadsheets in the office environment and learn to use the fundamental and advanced features of Microsoft Excel with ease. You will use advanced formulas and functions to perform calculations, link to Excel data for mail merge and develop a custom Excel application.

You will also learn to use PowerPoint presentation software and will receive an introduction to the Microsoft Access data management system. You will receive hands-on training in the use of email for online communication through an introduction to Outlook.

You will learn to use desktop publishing functions by producing publications such as letterheads, flyers and brochures. You will then use all of your new skills to complete a variety of practical projects.

In addition to these technical skills, you will learn the basics of accounting. The program teaches fundamental concepts, principles and procedures to those with no previous knowledge of bookkeeping. You will also develop skills in effective job searching in today’s competitive and changing employment market. You will have opportunities to explore self-assessment, networking, resumes, interviews, portfolios and career planning.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Administrative Assistant certificate, you will understand best office practices using the latest technology and you will be qualified to provide administrative support in the areas of government, service organizations, hospitality, tourism, insurance, finance, real estate, transportation and education.

Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology - Office Assistant I certificate. Applicants with significant previous office experience may be admitted with department member approval.
  2. Keyboarding speed requirement is 40 wpm. The timing speed is based on the average of three 3-minute timings with 3 errors or less.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

If you are transferring from other colleges or institutions, you may be given transfer credit for course work upon presentation of transcripts, provided the course credit was awarded no more than three years prior to the application for transfer credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the certificate's required courses. If you are a recent high school graduate, it is recommended that you meet with an educational advisor to determine if any of your high school credits are eligible for transfer credit. If you have prior office work experience and wish to enter a certificate program, contact the department chair to determine your eligibility and program planning needs.

To Be Successful

  • contact an educational advisor to help create an education plan that meets your goals within the available time needed to complete the program.
  • You will need access to a computer (a Mac computer is not recommended), the Internet and have a personal email account for correspondence. Additional supplies or equipment may be required for some courses. Please note: starting fall 2014, NIC's Applied Business Technology programs have been upgraded to Office 2013 and Windows 7 or 8.

 


Program Requirements

First 10 months

  • Complete Applied Business Technology - Office Assistant I certificate

Next 10 months

Completion Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive a certificate, the student must achieve a minimum of 70% (B-) in each course listed for the certificate; except ABT 102 requires exit speed of 50 wpm.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $1,570 $1,285
NISU Fees $70 $55
Books $1,100 $1,100
Learner Resource $85 $70
Total $2,825 $2,510 $5,335

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $8,575 $7,015
NISU Fees $60 $60
Books $1,100 $1,100
Learner Resource $85 $70
Total $9,820 $8,245 $18,065
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).

About Online Learning

Online learning is the most rapidly expanding mode of teaching and learning on the planet. Online is ideal for students who wish to learn in their own environment using the Internet. Online learning allows you to learn, while also connecting with others. Applied Business Technology (ABT) course materials are available through the BC Campus portal and the technology is used to communicate with peers and instructors, and to submit assignments. The courses are delivered by a collaborative of North Island College and other post-secondary ABT instructors to students around the province.
 
Working in an online class in the Applied Business Technology online program is much the same as working in a face-to-face class. Interacting with peers in class discussions, and completing course work are accomplished in your time and place. Online learning provides access to the best course content and to qualified online instructors. Flexibility in the time taken to complete online courses is important to learners. You can attend your virtual classes when and where it is most convenient for you.
 
Planning and managing your time are keys to success in online learning. It is important to decide how much time you want to spend online and on which days. You must dedicate the required hours per week, but you choose the time (anytime during the day or night - 24 hours a day, seven days a week) to participate in your online course and meet deadlines. If you are a self-motivated, self-disciplined, and organized person - online learning will offer many benefits.
 
Your online instructor is available to assist you with guiding your learning, reviewing course content and assisting with any learning difficulties. You have the course materials, online instructor resource, online course progress, online web tools and your online class peers available to you for learner-centred activities. Your online instructors are available to answer questions and assist you with assignments through the pager, LiveRoom Chat, discussion, and email components of every course. The ABT online courses may include chat sessions, messaging, course mail, a public bulletin board for class discussions, calendars, study tips, and online assistance, as well as web-based course materials, quizzes, glossaries and links to other websites and resources. Online learning and research enables you to expand your educational experience to advance your career.

 

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Department Chair, Faculty

Applied Business Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences

MA in Integrated Studies (Athabasca University)

Subjects: Applied Business Technology, History, Women's Studies
richelle.gardiner-hynds@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159 | Location TYE - 214
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9707 | Location CWG - 204

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