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Basic Office Skills (Certificate)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 15.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Part-time
program overview
If you've been out of the work force for a while and need a quick refresher course, or are looking for a short-term program leading to an entry-level office position, the Basic Office Skills Certificate Program at Douglas College is right for you. The focus is on computer skills, employability skills and administrative procedures.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements

Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College.

Course Title Credits

OADM 1103 (with a B+ or better) OR OADM 1303

Introduction to Keyboarding (with a B+ or better) OR Keyboarding Skill Development

OADM 1240 Business Commununications and Procedures 3
OADM 1241 Office Relations and Productivity Skills 3
OADM 1244 General Office Skills 3
OADM 1246 Computer Applications I   3

Successful completion of all courses with a "C" or better is required for graduation. Students using OADM 1103 as a program requirement, instead of OADM 1303, must obtain a grade of “B+” or higher in OADM 1103

admission requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement).
  2. English 11 with a grade of "C" or better or the following exemptions:
    • EN 12 "P"
    • EN LIT 12 "P"
    • TPC 12 "P"
    • COMM 12 "C+"
  3. Strong English skills are required. Students who do not meet the English requirement may be interested in upgrading English skills while taking keyboarding courses.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

noticecurriculum notice

There is an upcoming curriculum change scheduled for .
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upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM September 17, 2019 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM September 19, 2019 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM October 15, 2019 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM October 17, 2019 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM November 14, 2019 NWC room: #N2201 register»
Thursday 5:00 PM December 05, 2019 NWC room: #N2201 register»