Want to be prepared to excel in any office environment? The Office Administration certificate program can provide you with the basic to advanced office, business and technological skills you need to make an impact in any business setting. This program can also give you an edge if you are looking to move into a different position at your current place of employment.
The 22-week Office Administration certificate is delivered totally online and can be taken full-time or part-time. You will be introduced to a mix of computer, bookkeeping and business communication skills as you work your way through a variety of modules.
Just need to improve your keyboarding or brush up your bookkeeping skills? You can choose to take only one or two courses or complete the entire 22-week certificate. Once you have completed your Office Administration certificate, you can choose to go on to complete an Administrative Assistant Specialty certificate or a Bookkeeping Specialty certificate as well.
Why Consider the Office Administration Program?
- Gain the skills and knowledge you need for success in any business or office environment.
- Prepare for an in-demand career as an Administrative Assistant. Work BC forecasts an astounding 15,000 expected job openings over the next 10 years, the majority due to retirements.
- The annual provincial (BC) median salary for Administrative Assistants is $45,883.00
- Office Administration Certificate – 22 weeks
Note: You can take up to three years to complete your Office Administration certificate.
Program Start Dates:
You can start the program in September or January or on the first Monday of any month from September to April, provided spaces are available.
- Office Administration online courses are accessible from September to early June. Online instructional support is available during scheduled hours Monday through Friday. Course web sites are accessible 24/7 except during scheduled breaks.
Face-to-face Instructor Support:
- If you live in the Cranbrook area, there is a dedicated Office Administration computer lab to work in, located at the Cranbrook campus available Monday – Friday from September to early June during regular College of the Rockies hours.
Office Administration Certificate Requirements:
|OFAD 133||Business Communications 1||180||12||3|
|OFAD 135||Administrative Procedures 1||75||5||2.5|
|OFAD 157||Business Math Calculators||45||3||1.5|
|OFAD 158||Windows, Outlook and File Mgmt.||30||2||1|
|OFAD 160||Word Processing 1||45||3||1.5|
|OFAD 165||Word Processing 2||60||4||2|
|OFAD 170||Bookkeeping 1||120||8||3|
|OFAD 150||Employability Skills||45||3||1.5|
|OFAD 181||MS Excel 1||45||3||1.5|
|21.5 Weeks||Full time|
OFAD-155 – Keyboarding 1
This course is designed to develop students’ keyboarding skills. Accuracy and keyboarding speed are emphasized, during the course. In each lesson, students are shown correct touch typing techniques and review the alpha-numeric keyboard. This course also introduces timings of various durations. The speed objective is 30 wpm in three minute timings with three or fewer errors.
OFAD-133 – Business Communications I
Business Communications 1 covers language skills necessary for written business communications. Topics include spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and number usage.
OFAD-135 – Administrative Procedures 1
Administrative Procedures 1 incorporates practical and professional approaches to learning office skills. Students solve on-the-job situations to encourage critical thinking. Ethics cases presented to students promote thoughtful discussions. Students also research new ideas and learn to work independently.
OFAD-157 – Business Math and Calculators
OFAD 157 Business Math and Calculators covers the basic skill of using the 10-key touch keypad for numeric calculations. Students apply the use of memory functions to cross check totals and use the multiplication function to calculate percents, discounts, and taxable amounts. Frequent skill assessments promote accuracy and speed in the use of the desktop calculators. Students will learn basic business math skills including estimating, problem solving, and the metric system.
OFAD-158 – Windows, Outlook, & File Management
Students learn terminology of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Outlook, and Internet Explorer. Managing electronic files, scheduling, and privacy are also covered.
OFAD-160 – Word Processing 1
Word Processing 1 introduces students to word processing in a Windows environment. Students learn the main software features of MS Word and improve their keying speed and accuracy. Document formatting is presented during the course and students produce basic business documents using business formatting skills. Business standards in all documents are promoted throughout the course. The speed objective is 35 gross words a minute (gwam) in five-minute timings with five or fewer errors.
OFAD-165 – Word Processing 2
Word Processing 2 is a progression beyond Word Processing 1. Students continue to learn the main software features of MS Word and improve their keying speed and accuracy. Students produce basic business documents using business formatting skills. Business standards in all documents are promoted throughout the course. The speed objective is 45 gwam in a five-minute timing with five or fewer errors.
OFAD-170 – Bookkeeping 1
Bookkeeping 1 covers basic bookkeeping skills learning the nine steps of the manual accounting cycle including recognizing source documents, recording journal entries, posting to the general ledger, preparing a trial balance and worksheet, preparing financial statements to a professional level, recording adjusting and closing entries, and preparing a post-closing trial balance. The basics of special journals are covered as well as banking procedures and control of cash.
OFAD-150 – Employability Skills
This course gives students the skills defined in the Office Administration and Applied Business Technology Provincial Curricula. These skills are considered to be essential requirements for today’s workforce. Employees need to be adaptable and capable of meeting the challenges of change in today’s economy, advances in technology, and changes in the way work is organized. This course uses an office simulation activity for students to practice job-ready skills in the use of technology and to hone their organizational and time management skills. The course also covers basic employment skills such as developing an effective resume and cover letter, and emphasizes professionalism, decision making, ethics, and communication skills.
OFAD-181 – MS Excel 1
Introduction to Spreadsheets: MS Excel 1 is designed to introduce students to the concepts of spreadsheets, formulas, graphs, and database features within spreadsheets.
- Minimum 60% in either Foundations of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Workplace Math 11, MATH 080, MATH 081, MATH 082, or equivalent
- Minimum 65% in either English 11, Composition 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, English First Peoples: Literary Studies plus New Media 11, English First Peoples: Literary Studies plus Writing 11, English 080, English 092, or equivalent
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program.
- Secondary school graduation or equivalent or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment. College of the Rockies academic assessments may be used to determine Math and English skills for admission.
Students who require some Grade 11 and 12 credits may be able to start studies in Office Administration while completing other courses.
Secondary school students may register in Office Administration with a Letter of Permission from their secondary school principal.
Keyboarding Assessment achieving 30 gross words per minute with three or fewer errors in three 3-minute timings. Students unable to meet the keyboarding assessment must complete OFAD 155 Keyboarding 1.
Computer operating skills are a definite asset but are not a prerequisite to enter into this program.
Tuition and Fees:
|Student Association Fee:||$69.00|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
Textbooks and Supplies
Textbooks and supplies are available at the College Bookstore.