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Office Professional Certificate

Ongoing

Credential: Certificate
Available: Continuing Education Classroom or Online

Program Description

Open the door to a fast-paced office career with the one-year Office Professional certificate. Learn to communicate in an office setting, understand common office procedures and use technology to organize business information. You practice collaboration and teamwork to complete a variety of business tasks.

You can graduate with several Microsoft Office certifications, demonstrating your essential skills in word processing, spreadsheet, email and presentation software. When you graduate, you can launch your office professional career or apply to the second year of SAIT's Administrative Information Management diploma

Your Career

Graduates are well prepared to take on entry-level administrative roles such as administrative assistant, office assistant, office administrator, mail and message distribution clerk and more - in a variety of organizations and industries.

Student Success

To achieve success in this program, students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in class
  • Spend approximately six hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be familiar with the use of a Windows-based computer and have basic skills in Microsoft Office
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Become familiar with and adhere to SAIT's academic policies

Also, students who are engaged and take advantage of SAIT services and resources usually experience more success in SAIT's programs

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a one year SAIT Office Professional certificate.

Professional Designations and Certifications

Students have the opportunity to write up to four Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams in this program:

  • Word 2013 Specialist
  • Excel 2013 Specialist
  • PowerPoint 2013 Specialist
  • Outlook 2013 Specialist

Additional certifications can be earned in the second year of the Administrative Information Management diploma.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 10C or Math 20-3 or Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10, 
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Office Professional (part-time) and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Outline

COURSE NAMECOURSE CODEOFFERED
FIRST YEAR
SEMESTER 1
Business Studies OADM-211 Classroom
Presentation Software BCMP-270 Classroom
Business Software Foundations BCMP-220 Classroom
Applied Math for Business AMAT-240 Classroom/Online Combinations
Communications and Presentation Skills COMN-220 Classroom or Online
SEMESTER 2
Office Administration OADM-257 Classroom/Online Combinations
Word Processing Essentials BCMP-250 Classroom
Spreadsheet Essentials BCMP-260 Classroom
Collaborative Software and Technologies BCMP-215 Classroom or Online
Communication and Presentation Skills II COMN-280 Classroom/Online Combinations

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses and attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better.