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Administrative Office Specialist

Today’s job market demands up-to-date business skills.  In order to enter the workforce or change careers, you must have a solid foundation in basic computer, organizational and communication skills.  This program has been designed to prepare you for today’s office or for advanced training.  If you would like to further specialize in this field, compliment your Administrative Office Specialist: core certificate with our advanced program.

As part of the program, students will be prepped for and have the opportunity to obtain the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification*.  This certification is given directly from Microsoft and is in addition to the one issued by Ridge Meadows College upon completion of the program.  The core program certifies in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and “Associate” (all 3).  The Advanced Program certifies Microsoft Word and Excel at the Expert level.

The Administrative Office Specialist Program offers 2 options:

  • Administrative Office Specialist: Core
  • Administrative Office Specialist: Advanced

Each option is just one semester and students can take both to fully prepare themselves for their next office position!

Courses can be completed full time during the days, or part-time in the evenings.  In the case of part time study, students will complete their program option over two semesters and take classes approximately 8 hours per week.

Applications for Winter of 2023 are now open!

Academic Requirements:

  • Completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older.

English Language Requirement:

  • Completion of English 12, or equivalent, or a satisfactory demonstration of written and verbal English ability as determined by the College.

Application Requirements:

  • Completion of Application form
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Application Form

September Intake (2022)

  • Applications now open for AOS: Core!
  • Taking expressions of interest for AOS: Advanced

Program Fees

Program Fees for 2022 are as follows:

  • Application Fee: $30
  • Deposit upon acceptance to the program: $650
  • Course Fees (including deposits):
    • AOS Core: $2,987
    • AOS Advanced: $2,985
  • Technology & Library fee: $40 per semester, when enrolled in studies.

Course Instalment Plans (CIPs) to pay program fees monthly, are available for students meeting certain conditions.  This program is not applicable for student loans.

Administrative Office Specialist: Core

Course NameCourse HoursCostCourse Description
Business Systems & Procedures22.5$299Superior organizational, time management and outstanding customer service skills are basic key requirements to succeed in any workplace environment. In this course, learn how to organize day to day activities and long term projects without missing a step or deadline. You'll also learn how to search the web for information, create a project budget sheet, implement proper filing systems, front office duties, proper telephone techniques, customer service skills and much more!
Computer Keyboarding22.5$299Typing speed and accuracy is a key requirement in today's working environment. This self paced computer keyboarding course is for the novice to the seasoned typist who wants to brush up on their existing skills and increase their typing speed. This course also provides students an opportunity to test their final typing speed close to the end of the program.
MS Word Level 1*
45$597In this Microsoft® Certification program, you will master Word essential skills; a "must have" for the office to the warehouse environment, to create professional looking documents. In this comprehensive program, you will be using Microsoft® certified manuals to learn how to efficiently use the ribbon to format and edit documents, password protect documents, apply text and paragraph styles, set tabs, indents, section breaks, bullets and lists, create tables, columns and text boxes, insert and manipulate pictures and shapes, add watermarks, headers, footers and much more. This program includes MS Word exam preparation and the Microsoft® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the MS Word Certification exam, an official certificate from Microsoft® is also provided.
MS Excel Level 1*
45$597In this Microsoft® Certification program, become proficient in using MS Excel; a "must have" for the office to the warehouse environment. Using Microsoft® certified manuals, master essential skills, to create professional and functional spreadsheets. This popular and user friendly program is used to calculate and analyze data such as budgets, expenditures, financial forecasts and to also convert this data into charts and graphs. Learn how to efficiently use the ribbon to create worksheets, input numbers and text, format columns and rows, specify calculations creating formulas and values, compile and sort database lists, link information from different spreadsheets, create charts and graphs and so much more. This program includes MS Excel exam preparation and the Microsoft® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the MS Excel Certification exam, an official certificate from Microsoft® is also provided.
MS PowerPoint*
45$597In this Microsoft® Certification program, learn how to easily create and manage powerful and engaging presentations for the workplace. Using Microsoft® certified manuals, explore how to efficiently use the ribbon to create slides, work with text, images, apply themes, multimedia, transition and animation elements and so much more. This program includes MS PowerPoint exam preparation and the Microsoft® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the MS PowerPoint Certification exam, an official certificate from Microsoft® is also provided.
MS Outlook22.5$299In this course, learn the many facets of Outlook. This powerful program is not just for email but also as an efficient personal management system. Using Microsoft® certified manuals, learn how to create, send and add attachments, manage your emails and address book, schedule appointments, meetings and track responses, create, share and modify your calendar, use the tasks, notes and journal feature, and so much more.
Employment Preparation
22.5$299When seeking employment or making a career change, positively standing out from the rest and being noticed is a key factor in potentially securing an interview and successfully reaching your goal of employment. In this course learn effective job search techniques; explore how applicant tracking systems work; create a professional resume and covering letter; how to prepare for an interview and follow up; and create a bio for LinkedIn
Totals:One Semester (15 weeks)$2,987 (plus books and technology fees)

Administrative Office Specialist - Advanced

Course NameCourse HoursCostCourse Description
Bookkeeping45$597Graduates of the Bookkeeping course will be able to enter the job market with confidence in a role that requires bookkeeping skills. This course is designed for individuals who have no knowledge of bookkeeping or are currently working in a bookkeeping role but need more technical knowledge to work confidently.
Accounting Fundamentals45$597
Professional Communication45$597In today's fast paced world of text messaging and other instant forms of communication, resulting in "information overload", clarity in business writing has become increasingly vital. Ensuring your message is read, understood and a call to action fulfilled is an essential factor to the success of any business and workplace environment. Learn how to effectively write letters, emails, blogs and proof copy that eliminates confusion and misunderstandings and promotes a positive working environment both internally and externally.
MS Word Level 2*
30$398In this Microsoft® Certification program, build on skills learned in MS Word Level 1. Using Microsoft® certified manuals, explore advanced functions such as setting and tracking changes, comparing and combining documents, applying custom formatting, linking text boxes, advanced document password protection, working with Building Blocks using Quick Parts, creating mail merges, online forms, creating a table of content, index, table of figures and much more. This program includes MS Word exam preparation and the Microsoft® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the MS Word Certification exam, an official certificate from Microsoft® is also provided.
MS Excel Level 2*30$398In this Microsoft® Certification program, build on skills learned in MS Excel Level 1. Using Microsoft® certified manuals, explore advanced functions such as conditional and custom formatting, use of advanced filters, using Macros, advanced chart elements, pivot tables, lookup functions and much more. This program includes MS Excel exam preparation and the Microsoft® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the MS Excel Certification exam, an official certificate from Microsoft® is also provided.
MS Access15$199What is a DBMS? Come and find out as you explore the power of this data file management tool. You will learn to prepare and modify tables, view forms, queries and reports. A relational database is a "must have" for large organizations and this introductory course will teach you the basics of this very powerful program.
Intro to Accounting Software15$199In this course, you will receive an introduction to Common Accounting Software such as Quickbooks and Sage to allow you to quickly adapt to whatever your office requirements may be.
Totals:One Semester (15 weeks)$2,985 (plus books and technology fees)

Registrations for Fall term (September to December) are now open.

Students wishing to take a single class may do so without applying to the program.  Students registering in 2 or more classes, must first apply to the program.

For students who have already applied and received a letter of admission, or for those taking one class, you can register below:

REGISTER

 

Please send your completed registration form to: rmc@sd42.ca

Upcoming Info Sessions:

Tuesday, November 15
7:00 pm
Attend in-person or online!
In-person at Ridge Meadows College – Room 1027
Online via Zoom

Register now!


Tuesday, December 6
7:00 pm
Attend in-person or online!
In-person at Ridge Meadows College – Room 1027
Online via Zoom

Register now!

I haven’t used a computer in years.  Will this be an issue?

Not a problem!  Our courses are developed like building blocks to facilitate successful learning outcomes regardless of computer experience. All our Microsoft® level 1 courses start from the very basics and advance accordingly and many student excel in next level computer courses.  We also use Microsoft® certified manuals that are user friendly and very easy to follow.

I have been out of school for quite some time and am a bit worried about attending as a mature student.

 There is absolutely nothing to worry about as we have students of all ages, ranging from early 20’s to late 60’s, and welcome the diversity, experience and knowledge that all bring to our courses.  All our classes foster a warm, fun and inviting learning atmosphere.

What growth opportunities are there for an AOS?

Many who take the AOS program, advance their careers to become Executive Office Assistants, Office Supervisors or Managers.  The basic knowledge and essential skills learned in this program are also transferable to other positions or field of interest.

I’ve lost my job and/or am looking for a new career.  I would like to work in an office but have no experience.  Should I still consider this program? 

 Everyone has transferrable skills, that are valuable and essential, regardless of your previous job.  The key is to build on those, acquire new skills and knowledge to set yourself apart from the rest!

Does The AOS Certificate Expire?

No, the AOS Certificate does not expire.