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Office Assistant Certificate


The purpose of the Office Assistant certificate program is to provide students the hands-on training in various key administrative areas of a business. You will be trained in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and other relevant software, as well as bookkeeping concepts and administrative skills.

This 12-week certificate program is instructor-driven, allowing students to navigate quickly through theory and computer software. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by specialized industry experts and at least 5 years experience in the industry. The successful completion of 6 courses is required for program graduation.

The program duration is 12 Weeks:
12 Weeks theory classes

The theory class is 20 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Grade 10 Math or pass College Math assessment
  • Domestic: Grade 10 English or pass College English assessment; International student: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass College English assessment

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    Building Marketable Skills
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    Communicate Effectively
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    Enhance your Skills
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    Excelling in Complex Environments
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    Rewarding Careers Await


  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Office Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Junior Administrative Assistant
  • Filing Clerk
  • Customer Service Support Clerk
  • Receptionist/Front Desk

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All Office Assistant courses are experiential classroom based lectures and workshops. The students also acquire situational-specific skills and identify areas that may need to be developed further. Students receive feedback and evaluation of their performance and gain valuable contacts in this diverse field.

OAD 100, 1 Week | Computer Fundamentals & Keyboarding
Students become familiar with the major hardware components of typical office computer systems including peripherals. This is followed by an introduction to the Windows operating system. Students will learn Windows topics such as the start button, the task bar, short cut icons and Windows Explorer. Students also gain a general background on the Internet, browsers, service providers, e-mail and transfer protocol. Students will also have the keyboarding practice.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Keyboarding, E-mail, Basic Internet Use, Basic Computer Use, Microsoft Windows Basics.
BUS 100, 3 Weeks | Business Communications
Students will practice business writing skills, applying the mechanics of style, developing proofreading and editing skills and using words effectively. They will apply verbal and non-verbal styles to a variety of business communications. The students will also practice career and interpersonal skills necessary for success in the workplace, such as conflict resolution and business etiquette. They will work in teams to examine administrative, ergonomic and efficiency functions of a business office. Students will also learn about using PowerPoint to deliver demonstrations, training, and presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Teamwork, Presentation Skills
BAF 110, 4 Weeks | Business Computer Applications (Word & Excel)
This course introduces students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. These courses explore two major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner as well as using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results.
BAF 140, 3 Weeks | Introduction to Accounting
This course introduces the students to the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports and statements, including how vital accurate and complete financial data is for a business to ensure its ongoing success. This course is the first in a series of courses to build a solid base in accounting from both a practical and a theoretical perspective.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Accounting Terminology, Financial Records and Reports Analysis, Constructing Financial Data.
BAF 600, 1 Week | Employment Readiness
This course helps students prepare the required skills and knowledge they need to become and remain employed. They will learn the best known job search techniques to help them differentiate themselves from competition, find viable opportunities and make a case for why and how they will add value to prospective employer in today’s competitive global economy

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Job Search Skills, Presentation Skills, Sales Skills

" During my time at Brighton College I met many new friends from different cultures and was able to enjoy many different social activities. I would definitely recommend Brighton College to others. "
William Pan Brighton College Alumni

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