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Administrative Assistant (Certificate)

Winter 2020 This program will not be offered for the Winter 2020 intake. Please refer to the program course catalogue for other available programs.
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
  • 50% of all coursework (15 credits) 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.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Required Courses:

OADM 1206



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 must 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+"


  • Strong English skills are required. Students who are weak in English skills should consider upgrading through either ENGU or ELLA 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. 

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM January 28, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM January 30, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM February 25, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM February 27, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM March 24, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 9:00 PM March 26, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM April 28, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM April 30, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM May 26, 2020 COQ room: #Atrium register»
Thursday 5:00 PM May 28, 2020 NWC room: #Concourse register»