Applied Business Technology Certificate

  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $4,763
START DATE: Fall 2023 - Fall 2024
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Application Status
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  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


The Applied Business Technology Certificate is your fast track toward your new career as an Administrative Assistant. In just one year, you will be ready to join the workforce in this highly rewarding career path. 

Working as an Administrative Assistant, you will be managing daily office operations and making sure important activities within an office environment are running smoothly.


Administrative assistants are in high demand in a wide variety of roles and environments, such as:

  • Office clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Administrative assistant
  • Office manager
  • Executive assistant
  • Small business owner

What you will learn

Learn to use popular office computer tools and office procedures. By completing this program, you will gain the skills to be able to:

  • Type and format documents
  • Create business presentations
  • Calculate finances using spreadsheets and accounting tools
  • Manage databases and records
  • Improve your communications and job search skills
  • Gain technical skills in computer applications
  • Improve your professionalism, your communication and your time management skills

Applied Business Technology Certificate Courses

The Applied Business Technology Administrative Assistant certificate program is a 1020-hour full-time program offered at CNC campuses over two 17-week semesters. You will learn a wide variety of technical skills including the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, manual and computerized bookkeeping, desktop publishing, and office administration skills. Your professional image, communication, time management, and interpersonal skills will be developed through lessons and practice. This program also includes a 3-week work experience placement that provides students with the opportunity to practice their skills in an office environment.

Required Courses

ABTA-100 Financial Records 3 17 weeks
ABTA-105 Business Communications I 3 17 weeks
ABTA-110 Human Relations I 2 17 weeks
ABTA-115 Office Procedures 3 17 weeks
ABTA-120 Word Processing I, II & III 3 17 weeks
ABTA-125 Microcomputers I 3 17 weeks
ABTA-155 Business Communications II 3 14 weeks
ABTA-160 Human Relations II 2 14 weeks
ABTA-165 Office Simulations 2 14 weeks
ABTA-170 Desktop Publishing 2 14 weeks
ABTA-175 Microcomputers II 3 14 weeks
ABTA-180P Work Experience 3 3 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2023 Prince George In Class 1 year
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class 1 year

Entry Requirements

  • Successful Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent 
  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent 
  • Grade 11 math or equivalent 
  • Completion of a keyboarding proficiency assessment with a minimum speed of 20 net words per minute. 

Note: The keyboarding assessment may take the form of an original signed transcript or a letter on institutional letterhead from a teacher of typing, or an assessment by a CNC Applied Business Technology instructor or designate. To arrange an assessment, please contact your local campus.  

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Obtain your BC Adult Graduation Diploma (BC AGD)

Are you planning to enter the ABT Administrative Assistant program with mature student status?

If so, after completing the ABT program, you’ll be eligible to receive an exit certificate. This is equivalent to a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly known as an Adult Dogwood).

Program Tools

Many courses in this program use online learning tools. Students will need

  • a reliable internet connection, and
  • a device to access the internet.

Students are encouraged to review historical syllabi or discuss with a recruiter, an advisor, or a faculty member to identify their technological needs.

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $4,763. 
  • Semester 1: $2,831
  • Semester 2: $1,932

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check out the fee schedule for more details. 

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial Aid to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board