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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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).
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.