The Office Assistant Certificate Program prepares the student for an entry level position in an office environment.  All functions of the modern office are covered, including Microsoft Office applications, Business Communication, Office Procedures, Records Management, Business Math and Customer Service.
Certifications: Office Assistant Certificate.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have learned all the skills required to run the modern office capably and professionally.  The student should be able to perform data entry, word processing, clerical skills, office administration and other computer duties related to an automated office environment.  They will be proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, Office Procedures, Business Communications, Records Management, Business Math and Customer Service.
Prerequisites: Grade 12 or mature student status (19+ years of age).  Successfully complete the admissions interview and passing an entrance test.
Program Hours: Classes are scheduled for a mandatory five hours per day, five days a week. Class time is scheduled from 9:00-2:30 daily with additional lab time after class. It is highly recommended that all students plan to spend a minimum of six hours a day at the Centre. Students will need to achieve a minimum typing speed of 25 wpm during the duration of the program.
Career Opportunities Upon successful completion the graduate is prepared to enter the work force as an office clerk, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, office manager, executive assistant, as well as many other possibilities.
Materials Required: Please contact Admissions for a list of required textbooks.
Evaluation: Students will be evaluated through assignments and tests. Each course is marked individually and requires 60% to pass.
Completion Requirements To be eligible for graduation students must have completed all courses in the program with a minimum passing grade of 60%, meet all attendance and financial requirements.

Program Outline

Program Outline
Course# Course Name Hours Course# Course Name Hours
JS-121 Strategies for Success (includes basic computer applications) 25 OS-100 Keyboarding (students will need to attain a minimum of 25wpm over the duration of the course for program completion)
JS-132 Employment Development Strategies 50 OS-310 Business Math & Calculator Skills 25
CS-107 MS Word Core 50 OS-201 Office Procedures 75
CS-110 MS Excel Core 50 OS-202 Records Management 50
CS-114 PowerPoint 25 OS-221 Advanced Business Communications 50
CS-118 MS Outlook 25
Total Hours 425
Course Duration – Weeks 17

Note: The order in which you take your courses may NOT be the same as listed above.

Mission Statement

Educate, Empower, Employ

Educating individuals using up-to-date curriculum, Empowering them to take control of their future and become Employed in a career of their choice.