Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Administrative Assistant Certificate (on-campus)

The Administrative Assistant Certificate (on-campus) is completed over an eight-month period and prepares students for employment in a variety of office positions. Emphasis is placed on developing a student's communication, software application and accounting skills and their ability to work effectively as part of a team.

After completing the Administrative Assistant Certificate, graduates can pursue the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) or Organizational Management (OM) designation. They can also ladder into the Executive Assistant Diploma and then possibly a business degree either on-campus or online.

Those who complete just the Fall Semester courses will be awarded a Business Fundamentals Certificate. This will qualify graduates for some entry-level office administration positions, but further study is recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:
1. Transcribe data at a keyboarding speed of 50 words per minute or more.
2. Write and/or edit grammatically accurate, well styled business documents.
3. Prepare professional business documents including memorandums, letters, reports, newsletters and advertising flyers using word processing and specialized desktop publishing applications.
4. Use spreadsheet software to organize, analyze and present operational data.
5. Use data base management software to organize, analyze and present operational data.
6. Create business presentations incorporating graphical, sound and video features.
7. Maintain the financial records of a small business using computerized accounting software.
8. Design and update a simple website for an organization.
9. Interact successfully with clients, co-workers and superiors.
10. Apply administrative office procedures using current business technology.
11. Demonstrate effective resume writing, interview and other job search skills.

Learning Options

Part-Time – Yes
On-Campus – Yes
Distance – All courses are also available by distance education through BC Campus
Program Start Date – September (on campus)

Admission Requirements

  1. Educational Requirements
    • BC Grade 11 (Grade 12 preferred) or mature student status
  2. General Requirements
    • Minimum keyboarding speed of 25 net words per minute
    • English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 67 per cent or equivalent

Program Requirements

FALL SEMESTER  
ABTS 1100 Word Processing 1
ABTS 1140 Keyboarding 2
ABTS 1200 Introduction to Computers
ABTS 1210 Spreadsheets 1
ABTS 1230 Databases
ABTS 1300 Business Communications 1
ABTS 1400 Financial Accounting
ABTS 1500 Human Relations
WINTER SEMESTER  
ABTS 1110 Word Processing 2
ABTS 1120 Desktop Publishing
ABTS 1140 Keyboarding 2
ABTS 1220 Spreadsheets 2
ABTS 1240 Presentation Software
ABTS 1250 Integrated Project
ABTS 1260 Web Site Maintenance and Design
ABTS 1310 Business Communications 2
ABTS 1410 Computerized Accounting - Simply
ABTS 1510 Job Search
ABTS 1520 Practicum
ABTS 1530 Administrative Procedures

Students must achieve a grade of C or better (vocational program grading scale) in all courses to graduate.

Laddering

Graduates of the Administrative Assistant Certificate can ladder into the Executive Assistant Diploma (on-campus, online) and receive a block transfer of 15 credits for the courses they have taken in the certificate or a similar program taken at another institution. The diploma consists of 45 credits, 15 credits of which are met by the block transfer, which leaves students with 30 credits (10 courses) to complete the program.

Executive Assistant Diploma graduates can in turn ladder into the Bachelor of Business Administration (on-campus) or the Bachelor of Commerce (online) and transfer all credits earned in the diploma. Students should be able to complete either degree with two to three years of full-time study, or spread the remaining courses out over a longer period as they continue to work.

Further Information

Contact either:
Penny Pentilchuk
TRU Admissions
Email: ppentilchuk@tru.ca
Phone: (250) 828-5038

TRU Admissions
Email: admissions@tru.ca
Phone: (250) 828-5036
Fax: (250) 371-5960