Administrative Certificate Programs

Professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation, often called simply certification or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task. Many certifications are used as post-nominal letters indicating an earned privilege from an oversight professional body acting to safeguard the public interest.

Certifications are earned from a Professional society and, in general, must be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time (e.g., the life-time of the product upon which the individual is certified). As a part of a complete renewal of an individual’s certification, it is common for the individual to show evidence of continued learning often termed continuing education or earning continuing education units (CEU).

Since organizations need computer and technology-savvy office workers, administrative assistants must keep their administrative skills current. An administrative assistant performs a variety of duties, such as conducting research, scheduling meetings and appointments, answering phone calls and creating and organizing documents. Certification programs allow administrative assistants to help hone these important areas.

Studying for an administrative assistant certificate will teach you not only the usage of new office technology, but also how to use that technology for everyday office functions. The program also includes instruction on proper office procedures and employee/customer relations.

High school transcripts will be required, and all applicants must have either graduated from high school or earned a GED. It is helpful to have good grades in math, and an understanding of basic word processing and other computer programs.

Courses in office procedures, English grammar, proofreading and keyboarding for those wanting to increase their speed and accuracy are followed by specific courses in:

  • Spreadsheet/database software
  • Accounting/business math
  • Business/machine transcription
  • Business communications
  • Organizational human relations

Advanced elective courses in Power Point and other business applications are also usually available to students.

Graduating from an administrative assistant certificate program can lead to a job as a receptionist, secretary, file clerk, work processor or other office position. It could also lead to work as a personal administrative assistant for upper management personnel.

The administrative office technology certificate program prepares students to enter the workforce in an entry level position. Usually, credits earned from this program can be used towards earning an associate’s degree in administrative office technology or other business majors.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (_www.bls.gov_), office restructuring and developments in office technology will translate into an increase of approximately 350,000 jobs for administrative assistants and secretaries by 2016. The median wage is approximately $40,030 per year, with industries such as financial investment, security and commodities and the federal government paying significantly higher (approximately $54,000 per year).