Applied Business Technology - Office Assistant Certificate

  • Full-time and part-time
  • Start date varies
  • Per-course pricing; contact campus for details
  • Online through CNC Mackenzie Campus

Are you interested in learning or improving basic business skills?
Are you interested in building confidence to enter business programs?
Do you want to study on a schedule that works with your routine, your employment, and your lifestyle?

Then, the Office Assistant Certificate may be for you.

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills for entry-level office positions
  • Upgrade your existing technology skills
  • Attain your goals of entering the workforce
  • Meet your schedule as a full-time or part-time learner
  • Earn a certificate at a local post-secondary institution

Office Assistant courses are learner-centred and employment-focused. The learning environment promotes excellence, encourages life-long learning, and fosters self-worth. Also, this is an excellent opportunity for on-site employee training. Call the Mackenzie Campus to register.

Program Topics

  • Business Communications
  • Manual & Computerized Secretarial Bookkeeping
  • Electronic Calculations
  • Human Relations & Professional Development
  • Business Mathematics
  • Office Procedures
  • Keyboarding Skill Development
  • Word Processing/Production Keyboarding
  • Presentation Skills


ABTC 050 - Online Learner Success

ABTC 060 - Computers and the Internet

ABTC 065 - Keyboarding Speed I

ABTC 066 - Keyboarding II

ABTC 067 - Introduction to Databases

ABTC 068 - Spreadsheets

ABTC 069 - Introduction to Presentation Software

ABTC 070 - Word Processing I

ABTC 071 - Word Processing II

ABTC 072 - Spreadsheets

ABTC 075 - Human Relations

ABTC 080 - Business Math & Calculator Skills

ABTC 081 - Accounting I

ABTC 082 - Accounting II

ABTC 083 - Computerized Accounting

ABTC 085 - Business English

ABTC 086 - Business Communications

ABTC 090 - Administrative Procedures

ABTC 091 - Records Management

ABTC 095 - Job Search Techniques

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of one of the following
    • Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or Communications 12 or Technical and Professional Communications 12), or
    • ABE/CCP Advanced Certificate, or
    • GED Certificate, or
    • Mature student status. To explore this option, please schedule an appointment with a CNC counsellor/advisor.
  • English & Math Achievement Test (EMAT) - $15.00.
  • Keyboarding assessment and typing speed of 20 net words per minute. (Note: Not required for students who have completed CS020.) Please contact Mackenzie Campus for details and possible other exemptions.

Software requirements:

For courses that are software related (i.e. Word Processing, Computerized Accounting, Spreadsheets) the required software will be specified. Students must have the correct version of the software (i.e. Word, Excel) for these courses. Please refer to the most recent course outlines for the specific software version. Microsoft Office 2010 is required for the 2015-2016 courses. As a CNC student, you qualify to purchase the software at a special price of $79 through the CNC Bookstore. Please call the Mackenzie Campus at 250-997-7200 or toll free at 1-877-997-4333 for further information.

*Microsoft Office 2013 is not supported at this time

For further information and for the most recent schedule of available courses, please visit the following websites:

For questions or to apply to the program please contact CNC Mackenzie Campus at 250-997-7200 or tollfree at 1-877-997-4333.

Fees and Dates

Mackenzie Campus

Dates: Start date varies
Location: Online

  • Tuition: Dependent on the course
  • Application: $40.00
  • Registration: $15.60 (per semester)
  • Enhancement Fee: $40
  • Development Fee: $20
  • EMAT and Keyboarding Test: $15.00
  • Technology: $28.10 (Per semester, full-time)
  • Technology: $5.62 (Per course, part-time)
  • Shipping per textbook $15/textbook, discounted rate for multiple books

Last Updated: August 24, 2015
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