Overview

Ready to launch a fast-paced office career? The one-year Office Professional certificate program at SAIT is your key.

Participating in small-sized classes, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, handle common office tasks, and use technology to organize and secure business information. Plus, you will collaborate with your team to tackle a range of business duties. 

You’ll also learn how to:  

  • work well with others and behave professionally
  • provide good service to clients or customers
  • handle, store, and secure information
  • master the art of creating reports that businesses use
  • keep up with new technology and learn how to use it at work.
Additionally, you can earn Microsoft certifications to demonstrate your skills with Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Teams, Excel, and OneDrive. 

As a graduate, you will be ready for entry-level jobs in office and administration, from finance to oil and gas. You can work in business administration jobs, like administrative assistant, office assistant, office administrator, mail or message distribution clerk, and more. Or you can continue your education, apply for SAIT’s Administrative Information Management program, and earn your diploma with one additional year of study.

Office administrators tend to be objective, methodical, and innovative. 

You need:  

  • initiative and a professional attitude 
  • discretion 
  • strong communication skills 
  • time management and organizational skills 
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team 
  • computer keyboarding skills 
  • conflict resolution skills 
  • problem-solving skills.
You should enjoy working with people, using computers, and compiling and organizing information.

Graduates of this program can bridge into the second year of SAIT’s Administrative Information Management program and earn their diploma with an additional year of study. 

You can write up to four Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams in this program: 

  • Word 2019 & 365 Specialist
  • Excel 2019 & 365 Specialist
  • PowerPoint 2019 & 365 Specialist
  • Outlook 2019 & 365 Specialist
You can earn additional certifications in the second year of the Administrative Information Management diploma.

After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Office Professional certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

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Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 12100, 12111, 12112, 13100, 13110, 13111, 14100, 14101, 14111, 14301, 12010.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Office Professional certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans one year, with two semesters.

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Course Credits

An introductory math course with applications in algebra, geometry, and finance. Amongst the applications will be measurements and measurement conversions, break-even analysis, pricing, and basic financial calculations.

3

Tablets, smartphones, social media and other creative methods of accessing and controlling information are prevalent in today’s business world. You will apply social media tools in a business environment to increase productivity and contribute to the global, mobile and social environment, and gain experience using software that enables superior collaboration through cloud computing and virtualization.

3

This software course will introduce you to essential concepts necessary for success in the business world. This will include e-mail, file management, keyboarding skill development, word processing, spreadsheet applications, presentations, and database applications.

3

Skilled office professionals must manipulate information on a daily basis using Microsoft Word. Explore the power of this software when used to its full potential and find out how it can increase productivity in the workplace. Master high-quality and consistently formatted documents that include creative elements. This course contributes to certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Pre-requisites:
  • BCMP 220
3

Business depends on accurate and organized information received in a timely manner. Knowing how to effectively use spreadsheets to keep information organized is essential to your career in the business world. You will study various techniques to organize, calculate, graph and present data in a professional manner.

Pre-requisites:
  • BCMP 220
3

Presentation skills will be vital to your success and advancement in the business world. You will gain experience with the advanced features of major presentation software programs by developing your own presentation content and customizing the visual appearance of your presentations. You will also create and deliver a variety of speaker-led presentations and self-running presentations to a face-to-face audience.

3

Communication and Presentation Skills provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to compose business documents and give engaging, formal presentations. You will learn how to effectively communicate in a professional environment and consider different aspects of spoken, written and nonverbal communication (e.g., channel, content, organization, style, tone, format and mechanics) in order to share clear and concise messages with your audience. You will be required to work in both individual and collaborative settings.

Equivalents:
  • COMM 1030
  • COMM 1070
3

This course introduces learners to the strategies and skills required for effective professional communications: reports, group work, presentations, and team building in professional settings.

Pre-requisites:
  • COMN 220
3

Examine foundational business concepts as they relate to your profession. You will explore and apply topics such as the Canadian business system, ethics, social responsibility, the world marketplace, marketing, volunteering, and the art of networking.

3

Performing basic administrative skills productively in fast-paced office environments can be challenging for even the most seasoned administrative professionals. Explore the theory behind common office procedures, to ensure you are ready to deliver the right solution at the right time. Apply the theory to business scenarios that build confidence and competence for every aspect of today’s office environment including everything from customer service to records management.

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Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

At least 50% in the following courses:

  • Math 10C or Math 20-3 AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,400 $1,608 $7,008
Total cost:
$7,008

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $17,370 $1,608 $18,978
Total cost:
$18,978

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Admission process

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

Learn how to apply

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add the business.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Business Advising

Phone
403.284.8485
Email
business.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca
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