Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

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Arnprior Campus
Ottawa Campus
On Campus ,   Online
Program Length:
23 weeks
Diploma Issued:

Advance Your Career with the Administrative Assistant Program

Become a respected business professional with our fast-track Administrative Assistant program from Willis College Ottawa. In only 23 weeks, this diploma program gives you practical, hands-on administrative training. Get your diploma and start a successful career in office administration fast. Each Administrative Assistant course covers all the most in-demand business skills, this program will make you job-ready the moment you graduate.

Our Administrative Assistant courses can open a range of career opportunities and will help you get a new job fast. Office Administration professionals, sometimes called Office Managers, Receptionists or Executive Assistants work in almost every industry from non-profit to high finance. If you are looking for a program that can open many different opportunities for you, well organized, detail-oriented, looking to start an exciting, professional office career, the Administrative Assistant program at Willis College is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Pursue a career in business and get excellent hands-on administrative assistant training and your diploma fast from Willis College.

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone who works well in a team atmosphere excels at problem-solving and is passionate about communications
  • A mature student who has previous job experience, looking to enhance and develop new or existing skills that are relevant to today’s job market
  • A recent graduate who wants to specialize in an emerging and in-demand business field
  • Someone who wants to fast-track to a new and exciting career in business
  • Someone who wants hands-on administrative assistant training

Why choose the Administrative Assistant program?

  • Over 150 years of job-ready skills training
  • Financial aid may be available to those who qualify
  • Job placement assistance
  • Career development services
  • Gain the core skills of an Administrative Assistant fast

Total program length is 23 weeks
Up to 2 weeks of breaks

Job Market

Successful graduates of this administrative assistant course may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Customer Services Representative – Financial Services
  • Administrative Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • General Office Support Worker
  • Accounting and Related Clerks
  • Customer Service, Information and Related Clerks

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $20.51
High Wage ($/hr) – $38.14
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 1241, 1411,1414
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Why Choose Online Learning

Welcome To Willis College Online. A Different Way To Learn.

Online learning is broken. The traditional online learning model of sending a student their learning materials and expecting them to complete things alone each week doesn’t work. Students feel alone, not sure if they are doing things right, constantly feel the pressure of feeling behind in their work, and the goal of graduating and finding a career seems far off in the distance. To fix this problem, we have taken an entirely different approach to how online learning is done. Willis College Online is bringing the benefits of learning on-campus right into your home.

What makes Willis College Online different?

  • Learn 100% online: Each online program is delivered 100% online with freedom in your schedule as to when you want to learn.
  • Instructor-led program: You will have the choice to either attend live lectures each day online or watch later on-demand. As well, since each lecture is recorded, you will have the ability to go back and review the materials taught by your instructor.
  • Instructor-paced program: You don’t need to worry if you are falling behind. Your instructor keeps you on pace to graduate on time
  • Live daily instructor access: Your instructor maintains regularly scheduled office hours to help you with any concepts or material
  • Mandatory weekly group Q&A sessions with your instructor: This allows your learning cohort a chance to interact with one another and the instructor to get questions answered weekly
  • Finish in under a year: Successful students will graduate in under a year
  • Career support from day one: One-on-one employment & practicum support for graduating student
  • Learn from anywhere in Canada: Our number one goal is to help you prepare for the right career no matter where you live in Canada

Willis College Online is the newest and easiest way to get started towards your new career. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Take the next step and speak to one of our Admissions Advisors today.

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must possess ONE of the following:
Grade 12 (Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence or Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student, you can gain admittance by writing a free high school equivalency test.


Program Outline

Please click on the course title to see the course description.

  • Business Communications I - English Essentials I

    This course will help the student develop the communication skills necessary to function in a professional business setting. There will be a review of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation as they apply to business communication. Students will complete various exercises with an emphasis on improving basic skills in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, and apply these skills to writing assignments and tasks.
  • Business Communications II - Written Communication I

    This course is designed to help students develop strategies that will make writing clear, concise, and efficient. These in-depth writing techniques are a continuation of Business Communications I - English Essentials. Students will learn to express themselves more easily and with more confidence by applying the principles of good writing. Throughout the course, there will also be an emphasis on developing effective writing and editing techniques.
  • Business Communications III - Oral Presentation I

    This subject has three areas of study: Presentation Skills, Facilitative Management, and Interpersonal Communications. Students will learn how to create and deliver effective oral presentations. They will also be introduced to interpersonal problem-solving skills through effective listening and responding skills.
  • Career Management

    The Career Management seminar introduces and enables students to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in the career of their choice. This program helps students develop learning skills and effective study skills, as well as memory and stress management, to ensure success after graduation. The Career Management training provides students with effective job search strategies, cover letter and strategic resume writing, effective interviewing skills, and interview preparation to ensure success in their career search process. Our Career Services Team has access to a network of thousands of employers to generate job opportunities and aid in student career searches.
  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals

    Digital marketing has become the primary channel for businesses large and small to communicate with prospective customers. Digital Marketing Fundamentals lays the groundwork for students to understand how online and offline marketing methods work together to deliver results. Students will learn the terms and concepts used in the industry and how they are applied in practical situations.
  • Financial Accounting I – Accounting Fundamentals

    This course will introduce students to accounting practices and their applications in business. Students will learn accounting terminology, fundamental accounting principles, and basic accounting functions such as using accounts and preparing basic financial statements.
  • Financial Accounting II - The Accounting Cycle

    This course builds on the accounting principles introduced in Financial Accounting I while introducing students to the completion of an entire accounting cycle. Students will learn how to set up and maintain special journals, including subsidiary Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable ledgers. Cash controls and accounting for GST/HST will also be introduced.
  • Microsoft Excel

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will have achieved a core level competency of the Microsoft Excel application. Topics include creating worksheets, formulas, functions, charts, formatting, analysis, templates, and working with multiple worksheets and workbooks.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will have achieved a basic level competency of the Microsoft PowerPoint application. Topics include creating slides, formatting slides, transitions, animations, and delivery.
  • Microsoft Windows & 0utlook

    This course provides students with the skills needed to work with the Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Outlook. Students will learn to use the tools and options available in the Windows operating system, manage folders and files, and work with some of the built-in applications. The Microsoft Outlook portion will provide students with the skills to compose and send emails, schedule appointments and meetings, manage contact information, and schedule tasks.
  • Microsoft Word

    Students will be introduced to word processing using Microsoft Word. Topics include creating, saving, printing, opening a document, using reveal codes, formatting, mail merge, file management, and tables.
  • Payroll I – Introduction

    This course introduces payroll fundamentals, including an examination of government legislation affecting payroll. Students will learn how to calculate and record gross pay, CPP deductions, EI deductions, Income Tax deductions, and employee’s net pay. Students will also learn how to calculate and record the employer’s share of deductions.
  • QuickBooks with Payroll I

    In this course, students are introduced to QuickBooks accounting software for small business activities. Students will learn how to set up new companies, use data files, set up new vendors and customers, and use QuickBooks lists. Students will also learn how to process transactions, create reports and graphs, and use the QuickBooks employee centre.
  • Strategic Web Design

    Website design is undergoing a radical change in how sites are built and how they are viewed. With a need to be viewable on everything from large screens to the smallest phones, newer methods to deliver and display increasingly complex sites have been created. Students will gain an understanding of these changes and how digital marketing professionals are adapting.
My experiences at Willis College have been life-changing. In completing my program, I grew in many ways. My confidence increased and I was amazed at my own capabilities, which I didn’t recognize until coming to Willis. The atmosphere at Willis made me feel like I belonged to a large family; that we were all in it together to succeed. Hats off to the staff of Willis College because they work together as a team and everyone helps everyone. No one falls through the cracks. Thank you Willis College. Sharon Schwartz Willis College

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