Executive Assistant

Take your office administration career to new heights. The executive assistant program provides students with the education and skills required to keep pace with the communication, interpersonal and technological needs of today's rapidly changing office environment. Students will learn communication skills, office technology, office administration, human relations, accounting, economics, human resources, business management and business law.

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Apr, Sep Varies Certificate Downtown Part-time

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Program Description

Program Description

The Executive Assistant program provides students with the education and skills required to keep pace with the communication, interpersonal and technological needs of today’s rapidly changing office environment.

The program includes curricula in organizational behaviour, administrative technology, economics, business law, accounting and human resources management.

Graduates will be equipped for career paths leading to professional office administration at the executive level. Career opportunities exist in a variety of business and service sectors - accounting, advertising, engineering, government, insurance, law, and medical.

Professional, executive administration skills are further developed in the program by preparing students to write the Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®) examinations when all criteria and prerequisites are met. The CAP® designation demonstrates to employers that an administrative assistant has the versatility, professional knowledge, and ability demanded in the global environment. The CAP® examinations are administered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Classes are generally held Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (subject to change).  One course is offered per term every January, May and September.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The main emphasis of this program is on developing a high level of professional administrative skills. This involves understanding and applying business administration concepts, human relations skills, and supervisory techniques in a business environment.

Students are required to work both in groups and on an individual basis. Where the subject area requires, theory is presented by means of lectures, demonstrations, guest lectures, and videos. Extensive research and projects will be major components of the program.

Program Duration

The program consists of six courses. Each course is offered on a part-time basis of three hours per week for 12 weeks, for a total of 36 classroom hours per course.


An evaluation of the learning outcomes of each student is prepared by the instructor. Evaluation is a combination of assessments of practical assignments, projects, presentations, theory exams; and/or practical exams. In many instances, the evaluation criteria and process will be determined in consultation with the student and/or class in order to reinforce the business concepts learned in the program.

A VCC Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the program, if the student achieves a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Successful completion of

  • VCC’s Administrative Assistant Program
  • OR

  • VCC’s Legal Administrative Assistant Program
  • OR

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

  • 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.

    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

    Fees and Other costs

    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee $2,107
    Student Union Fee $55 per term
    College Initiative Fee $46
    Other Costs
    $40 - Graduation Fees
    $84 - Campus Resource Fee
    $150 - Approximate Text & Supplies per course
    At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

    Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

    Info Sessions

    Info Sessions

    Run an office like a pro.

    Students in the executive assistant program learn effective oral and written communication skills, secretarial skills and the latest office technologies like computer word processing programs and spreadsheet and graphics software.

    Our graduates find work in a variety of industries like manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, hospitality, transportation, government agencies and service organizations.

    Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

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    Program Highlights

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    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule


    No courses are currently scheduled for this Spring 2019 (201950)Spring/Summer 2019 (201960) term.
    Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

    Upcoming Schedules in Fall 2019 (201970)

    (OADM 1401) Introduction to Accounting 1.5 credits

    This course teaches how to understand and apply fundamental accounting principles to prepare, summarize and interpret financial data. Topics include the accounting cycle, theory and classification of accounts, accounting procedures, managerial accounting, budget requirements, credit and banking, government services and taxes, investment and stock options, and analysis and interpretation of financial statements.

    More Information

    CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor
      70164 DTN Rm. 618
    RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
    W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
    F-Friday, S-Saturday,

    1800 - 2059
    to 28-Nov-2019
    Eng, Kenneth

    Term 1

    (OADM 1401) Introduction to Accounting
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits
    (OADM 1402) Introduction to Economics
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits
    (OADM 1403) Business Law
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits
    (OADM 1405) Administrative Technology
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits
    (OADM 1406) Human Resources Management
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits
    (OADM 1407) Organizational Behaviour
    course schedule schedule
    1.5 credits