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Administrative Professional Certificate

This is a one year (30 week) Certificate program.

The role of the administrative assistant is rapidly changing and growing in scope and complexity. This program provides you with the practical skills and knowledge to take on a wide range of responsibilities related to office work. Learn software applications, keyboarding, administrative procedures, information administration, and communications, as well as a range of interpersonal skills that make you an effective and skilled member of any office environment.

The Administrative Professional Certificate program is also available online. The online courses offer the flexibility to study at home. As you work through a course, your instructor will be available to answer questions, explain concepts and provide continuous support and feedback via e-mail.

Need more info?

Contact the Student Advising Centre (formerly the Prospective Student Centre):
Phone: 403-410-1402
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Courses in Program

Please review course availability when putting together your schedule.

Semester dates and other important dates: Important Dates

Click on the course to view the course description and any prerequisite courses. Download the Program Breakdown for traditional classroom delivery or Online Delivery Schedule.

* Indicates course that is also available online

ADMN 1101 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I (3 credits)*

This course covers the alphabetic and numeric keys by touch using proper techniques, with an emphasis on developing accurate keyboarding speed. Word processing software will be used to enter and edit text and save documents.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2015 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

ADMN 1201 - Office Procedures I (3 credits)*

This course is specifically designed to prepare students into the contemporary office environment. Students will learn what to expect from a career as an administrative professional and how to conduct themselves with their co-workers and clients. Additional topics will include: how to organize and structure office surroundings to improve functionality and increase proficiency. Information management and electronic filing techniques will also be covered.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

ADMN 1202 - Office Procedures II (3 credits)*

This course will review the common equipment and services found in business offices. Topics include reprographics, incoming and outgoing mail, front-line reception, telecommunications, travel arrangements, meetings and conferences, and reference resources.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1201 - Office Procedures I

ADMN 1301 - Document Processing I (3 credits)*

This course will provide students with an overview of computer software and hardware, electronic file management tasks, and internet research. Primary attention will be on the ability to key, proof, and format a variety of documents including memos, letters reports, and tables.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

ADMN 1302 - Document Processing II (3 credits)*

This course is a continuation of ADMN 1301 - Document Processing I. Students will combine keyboarding, computer applications, formatting and communications skills in the production of advanced reports, and tables and letters from printed, handwritten and electronic sources. This course will include a simulation project and an emphasis on producing mailable documents appropriate for the workplace, and on developing proofreading skills and a good rate of production.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1301 - Document Processing I

ADMN 1401 - Business Focus Simulation (3 credits)*

This course will cover the administrative duties in a simulated office environment.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1201 - Office Procedures I
ADMN 1301 - Document Processing I
ADMN 1302 - Document Processing II (recommended to take prior or concurrently)
ADMN 1701 - Communication Fundamentals
MGMT 1301 - Introduction to Excel

ADMN 1501 - Introduction to Petroleum (3 credits) [Online Only]*

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the oil and gas sector. The course will examine issues that are related to the oil and gas sector from the Alberta perspective, and will also address issues or information that focuses on global issues in order to give student the “big picture” perspective of the oil and gas industry.

Available:
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

ADMN 1601 - Timed Production (3 credits)*

This course builds on the skills and techniques developed in ADMN 1101 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I, with an emphasis on increasing speed and accuracy.

Available:
In-class: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters
Online: Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
ADMN 1101 - Keyboarding/Skillbuilding I

ADMN 1701 - Communication Fundamentals (3 credits)*

This course will cover the importance of correct and current business English, as well as other communication essentials for the office environment. Students will learn to improve their proofreading, spelling and grammar, and explore Internet resources for business communications. Students will learn and practice basic writing techniques and basic oral communication skills to improve proficiency.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

MGMT 1301 - Introduction to Excel (3 credits)*

This course will cover Excel formulas, functions, charting, formatting worksheets, absolute cell references, working with large worksheets, what-if analysis, worksheet database manipulation, lookup functions, database functions, templates, working with multiple worksheets and workbooks, find and replace, and customized printing.

Available:
In-class: Fall 2015 & Winter 2016 Semesters
Online: Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016 Semesters

Prerequisite(s):
None

Optional Work Experience

Contact a Student Engagement Officer for further details.

COURSE FEES APPLY

ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation (0 credits)*

This online course prepares students for ADMN 9999 Work Experience and future career. Topics include: work search techniques, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview skills, and success in the workplace. Employment Preparation is open to all Certificate students, and all students in the Legal Assistant Diploma and Interior Decorating Diploma. Employment Preparation is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience; otherwise it is optional. Course fee is $150.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit.

Prerequisite:
Completion of 15 program credits

ADMN 9999 - Work Experience (0 credits)

This optional Work Experience scheduled by the College provides hands-on practice in a workplace located within Calgary. Work Experience is four (4) weeks in length, with the exception of Legal Assistant Diploma, which is six (6) weeks in length. With the direct guidance of a workplace supervisor, the basic skills acquired through coursework are practiced. Regular contact with a Student Engagement Officer is provided and Work Experience requires full-time attendance. Course fee is $200.00. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit. For further information, contact your Student Engagement Officer.

Prerequisites, effective Fall 2015:
ADMN 9998 - Employment Preparation
Minimum 2.60 Cumulative GPA
Minimum B- grade in Business Communication, Communication Fundamentals or Legal Office Communication
TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) completion
BVC Eligibility Requirements

To apply to the program, click on Apply Now

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