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Full-time Certificate 6989cert

Upgrade your office technology skills and follow through with your career goals

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Office Administrator with Technology is a hands-on program designed to provide you with the computer and business skills required by administrative positions today. It is ideal for individuals who do not have previous education or background in computing as well as those who need to retrain or upgrade their present computer skills.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Use Microsoft Word to create professional documents
  • Create budgets and analyze data with Microsoft Excel
  • Design and deliver a presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Use Microsoft Outlook to manage schedules, contacts, and email
  • Design and develop a small database with Microsoft Access
  • Complete basic bookkeeping tasks with Sage 50
  • Prepare and understand financial reports
  • Use HTML5, CSS3, and WordPress to build and manage a website
  • Enhance photos and create graphics with Adobe Photoshop

In addition, you will challenge two Microsoft Office Specialist exams and earn two valued industry certifications:

  • Microsoft Word 2019
  • Microsoft Excel 2019

The program consists of three months of classroom instruction, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 until 4:00, followed by a two-month full-time work term. It combines technical and professional courses with hands-on learning. Formal classroom instruction is complemented by realistic business projects.

There will be no extended breaks except for statutory holidays.

Classes are held at the BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC).


Office Administrator with Technology
BCIT Credential: Certificate
Program Location: Downtown Vancouver
Program Length: 5 months, Full-time
Program Start / End October 13, 2020 - April 2, 2021
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Entry Requirements: View Requirements

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

In response to circumstances arising from COVID-19, the April 2020 intake has been rescheduled to begin June 1, 2020.

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants.

Application processing

This program is open to applications:

  • October 1st* for the April intake
  • May 1st* for the October intake
  • *or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

A completed and approved pre-entry assessment form must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

International applicants

This program requires both a study permit and a co-op work permit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you hold a valid co-op work permit to complete the mandatory practicum component of this program.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

April and October each year.

Please see the program overview for precise dates.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Tuition fees include all textbooks, course/lab materials and all prepaid vendor exam vouchers.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Refund policy

  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the Program Coordinator at least 12 working days prior to the first day of classes, all tuition fees paid (less the $1,500.00 deposit) will be refunded to the student.
  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the Program Coordinator by 4:00 pm on the second day of class, all fees paid (less the $1,500.00 deposit and $1,500.00 penalty fee) will be refunded to the student.
  • There will be no refund of fees issued after the second day of class.
  • Withdrawal for medical reasons: possible partial refund with doctor's medical note.

Cancellation Policy

This program is subject to limited and minimum enrolment. Lack of sufficient enrolment will result in BCIT cancelling specific intakes of the program and will entitle accepted students of that intake to a full refund of all fees paid.

Courses

Class hours

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  OATP 1000 Communication Skills 5.0
  OATP 1200 Business Development 6.0
  OATP 2000 Information Technology 24.0
  OATP 3000 Work Place Education 11.5
 
Total Credits: 46.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Three months, full-time, followed by two months of practical work experience.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Students are equipped with practical skills that are applicable to a variety of fields. Depending on previous academic and work experience, career paths for graduates may include but are not limited to:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Coordinator
  • Administrative Support
  • Administrator / Receptionist
Did you know that:
  • 94% of grads were very satisfied or satisfied with their education
  • 93% of grads found their OAT Certificate useful in getting their job
  • 100% of grads were ready to collaborate in groups at work
  • 92% of grads were ready to keep up with the pace of change in tech by learning new skills on their own

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Instructors Administration

Lorraine Fentie
Program Head /  Coordinator               
604.412.7710
Lorraine_Fentie@bcit.ca

TTP Department
Administration
604.412.7773
tpp@bcit.ca






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For admission and program inquiries: Mailing address:

Phone: 604.412.7773
Fax: 604.408.0921
Email: tpp@bcit.ca

TTP Programs
BCIT Downtown Campus
320 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 3H6

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Testimonial

After over 20 years working in an industry with a very specific skill set, I felt I was not qualified for another occupation, and was at a loss even where to start. The Office Administrator with Technology program helped me upgrade my computer and business skills, and identify transferrable skills I could use on a comprehensive resume. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking training for employment or retraining for a new career. Annabelle Addems, Campus & Sales Coordinator, BCIT, and OAT Grad

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As a newcomer to Canada, BCIT's OAT Program was my first step to build a new life. It offered me all I needed in one comprehensive package. Shortly after graduation, I found the job I wanted. All the skills I learned during this amazing program made my job so much easier. This program truly is a stepping stone for everyone who wants to embark on a promising journey to find a better career. Big shout out to all the wonderful instructors for ongoing support. Morvarid Zandichi, Office Administrator at WorkBC, and OAT grad