Office Professional

Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  •  One-year certificate
  •  Fall start
  •  Laptop-based program using SAIT-issued laptop
  •  Also available through Continiung Education
  •  Option to transfer to the second year of the Adminstrative Information Management diploma

Program description

The Office Professional certificate is a one-year laptop-based program that provides the skills needed for office professionals to keep pace in today's rapidly changing business world. This program is designed to meet the growing demand for creative and innovative employees who can solve problems, create efficiencies, and increase productivity using business software applications. This program provides students with essential skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Through practical experience students gain a firm understanding of the role and importance of technology in an office environment. This program also includes courses in collaborative technologies and tools, communication and presentation skills, business studies and office administration.

Graduates of the one-year Office Professional certificate looking for in-depth, expert level administrative skills may proceed to apply for entry into the second year of the Administrative Information Management diploma  and receive the diploma credential with one additional year of study.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

One of the unique features of this program is students have the opportunity to earn up to four Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications by the time they graduate, giving them a competitive advantage when they enter the job market. The following certifications are available through this program:

  • Word 2013 Specialist
  • Excel 2013 Specialist
  • PowerPoint 2013 Specialist
  • OneNote 2013 Specialist

This opportunity is available to SAIT students thanks to our partnership with CCI Learning. 


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Your Career

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

Student Success

To achieve success in this program students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in class
  • Spend six hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be familiar with the use of a computer (basic Microsoft Office skills strongly encouraged)
  • 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.