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Administrative Assistant (Certificate)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that keyboarding is no longer an admission requirement for this program. Please see the Curriculum Notice on the right of this page for further details.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter
program overview

The Office Administration Certificate Program prepares students for administrative support positions such as secretary, executive secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, and sales assistant. Students take courses in accounting, business communications, administrative procedures and keyboarding. They also work with other students as part of a team, a dynamic that may reflect their future work environment. This program includes a three-week practicum.

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

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 25% (8 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College *
  • All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” or higher except Mastery graded course(s).
  • Time Limit for Completion: 4 years from acceptance into the program.

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

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

OADM 1103

Introduction to Keyboarding (with a B+ or better)


OADM 1303

Keyboarding Skill Development


Required Courses:

OADM 1230

Administrative Accounting Procedures


OADM 1240

Business Communications and Procedures


OADM 1244

General Office Skills


OADM 1246

Computer Applications I


OADM 1241

Office Relations and Productivity Skills


OADM 1344

Administrative Procedures


OADM 1346

Computer Applications II


OADM 1350

Office Simulation


**OADM 1410

Career Development


OADM 1411

Office Practicum


Total credits


**Career Development should only be taken during your final semester in the program.

career transfer pathways
Graduates of the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program work in technical and administrative support positions, such as secretary, executive secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, professional assistant, sales assistant, marketing assistant and research assistant. 
Further Education
Graduates can choose to complete another year of studies at Douglas College to earn an Office Administration Diploma. The diploma transfers to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement)
  • 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+"
  • Keyboarding speeds:
    • Full-time students require 25 net words per minute.
    • Part-time students do not require a specific keyboarding speed for entry; however, students must provide proof of keyboarding speed before registration in any course which has a keyboarding prerequisite (see the Course Descriptions section of this Catalogue). Students with no previous keyboarding experience may take beginning keyboarding (OADM 1103) during their first semester at the College


  • Strong English skills are required. Students who are weak in English skills should consider taking either English Upgrading or English Language Learning and Acquisition 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 .
View upcoming changes

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»