Executive Assistant

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Learn communication skills, office technology, business law, human resources, accounting, and economics for a career in office administration at the executive level.

Tuition: 2327*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 0 0 Varies
Hours: Part-time
Delivery: Online
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Sep
Program status: Under review.

This program is under review and is not accepting applications at this time.

B.C. median annual salary
B.C. median annual salary
Program status: Under review

This program is under review and is not accepting applications at this time.


What you will learn

  • Human relations, organizational dynamics, and professionalism
  • Information processing and telecommunications
  • Records management technology and integrated office systems
  • Basic economics and business management concepts
  • Business law and governmental controls
  • Accounting principles and handling of financial data

What to expect

  • 6 courses of 36 hours each
  • 3 hours of class per week, generally on Thursday evenings (subject to change)
  • Classes taught by experts in their fields
  • Individual and group work
  • Lectures, videos, and demonstrations
  • Practical assignments and exams

Admission requirements


Successful completion of:

  • VCC’s Administrative Assistant Program


  • VCC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program


  • Equivalent as determined by the Department Head of the Applied Business Department


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Personal hygiene, grooming, and appearance acceptable to a business office.
  • Good command of oral and written English; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Note: Applicants whose first language is other than English may be required to take an English language assessment.

Courses *

Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This program can be completed in 2 years if students take all six courses in succession. 

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses. 

PLAR is available for the following courses: 

  • OADM 1401 Introduction to Accounting
  • OADM 1405 Administrative Technology

Prior learning is assessed through an interview with the department head.

If PLAR is successful, transcripts will reflect an ‘S’ grade (satisfactorily completed), which is not included in grade point average (GPA) calculations.

See VCC Policy and Procedures 316 Prior Learning Assessment for more information.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 2327
Student union64
College initiative26
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource94
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

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