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Office Administration & Employment Training

Program Description

In this 6-month Certificate Program, Indigenous perspectives will guide learners as they prepare for an exciting career in office administration. Areas of focus will be skill development in computer applications, administrative procedures, business communication, and information management. Hands-on, experiential learning strategies will support learners with aspects of employment preparation, including resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, and job shadowing. Often students become immediately employed after successfully completing their studies and practicum requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Office Administration & Employment Training Certificate Program, learners will be proficient in the following areas:

1.Microsoft Office Business Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), online platforms (Zoom, Teams, OneDrive, Google Drive) and databases. ​

2. Enhancing business communication and public speaking skills by developing an assertive voice and leading groups in a cooperative team setting.

3. Assisting with administrative procedures such as document handling (budget submissions, contracts administration) work schedules, bookkeeping (payroll, invoicing, AR & AP, bank deposits), ordering office supplies and servicing office equipment ​

4. Develop and maintain trust in interpersonal relationships utilizing conflict management and emotional intelligence techniques displaying professionalism

5. Apply techniques for planning, and composing effective, professionally, formatted business documents such as letters, memos and reports

6. Demonstrate interview skills; answer behavioral descriptive interview questions, and identify methods for maintaining and advancing in your career

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Classes start on September 2023, in Vancouver B.C.

Career Path

After successfully completing a practicum placement, our graduates will be qualified for employment with private and public Indigenous organizations, governments, and crown corporations. These jobs may include:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Office Coordinator
  • Receptionist
  • Project Administrator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Remittance Clerk

Program Summary

This program is Full-time, Monday to Friday


6-month Certificate Program + a 4-week Practicum

High Demand

Career with high demand & salaries

Free Tuition & Books

Most indigenous applicants are eligible for the ACCESS scholarship.

Course Descriptions


OAET 111

Business Documents & Keyboarding

OAET 135

MS Excel – Spreadsheets & Math

OAET 155

Administrative Procedures

OAET 121

MS Word – Word Processing

OAET 145

Business English & Communications

OAET 160

MS Access – Database

OAET 133

MS Windows & Computer Applications

OAET 150

Interpersonal Relations

OAET 180

Job Search Techniques


OAET 185


Admission Requirements, Fees & Tuition

High School Applicants
Mature Applicants
Tuition and Fees
  • B.C. secondary school (Grade 12) or equivalent (B.C. Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma or General Education Diploma).
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (64%) calculated on English studies 12 or English First People 12 and Math 10 and minimum 20 WPM typing on a 5 minute test.
  • Letter of Intent

    If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, NEC can help you.

  • 19 years old or older
  • Grade 12 or testing an equivalent level
  • CAAT demonstrating grade 10 in Math 
  • 1 year or more related work experience. 

If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, NEC can help you.

Program Tuition: $4,900.00

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Total Cost:


Scholarships are available

Apply now for Fall Intake 2023

NEC student
Rosie Johnnie-Mills

 Native Education College is a safe place for me to return to school. I am grateful for Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and NEC for creating a safer space for Indigenous Diaspora like myself. As an Intergenerational residential school survivor I feel relieved to be able to build a better life for myself and everyone I connect with, supported by the inclusive Indigenous space provided by NEC.

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