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What will I learn?

The Administrative Professional certificate equips students with the skills and knowledge to become an effective office professional. Students will learn essential office skills such as basic accounting, office management, organizational politics, software applications, business communication, and event management.

Today's administrative professionals are often the voice and face of the company. They must be dynamic and able to actively lead the crucial day-to-day functions of an organization. They are able to make decisions, multi-task, solve issues, understand technology, communicate effectively, and operate an efficient office, no matter what the type of industry.

Students will explore innovative trends and practices while acquiring the skills and knowledge relevant to current and future industry needs. Our focus on a high standard of applied education prepares you to be in high demand for quality employment.

This program gives you the opportunity to achieve a career in less than a year, completing the program in approximately nine months.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes 150 hours of optional field experience.

Career Potential

Graduates of the Administrative Professional certificate program find employment in the public and private sectors, in small business, government, banking, insurance, not-for-profit organizations and the retail, hospitality, oilfield, and construction industries.

NorQuest graduates find careers in rapidly evolving administrative support roles that include office coordination, communications, data analysis, and event planning. They can also be employed in positions such as corporate executive assistant, bookkeeper, billing and invoice clerk, and customer service associate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Environment and Technology

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,616.00 (US$ 11,656) per year
Total fees: CAN $1,654.48

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2022


NorQuest College

10215 108 Street NW,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 1L6, Canada

Online/Distance (9 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,616.00 (US$ 11,656) per year
Total fees: CAN $1,654.48

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants that have completed the high school level of education in another country must have graduated with appropriate high school documents and credentials.

ELP Requirements

IELTS Academic: 6; no section score below 5.5


Cambridge English Language Assessment: 170-179

CAEL: 60

PTE Academic: 54

Duolingo: 105

minimum of 80% in ESLS 7000 or ESLS 7100 (or ESLG 2101), and 80% in ESLW 7000 or ESLW 7100 (or ESLG 2103)

For students who have taken a native language course in their home country, NorQuest College now accepts native language, Language Arts courses as equivalent to English 30-2 for admission to our post-secondary programs. For more information, see our Equivalencies page in the college website.

Equivalencies will be evaluated by Admissions after the student has applied to the program and submitted transcripts.

Application deadline: Winter - October 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About NorQuest College

Students can choose certificate or diploma programs covering areas such as health, business. technology and community studies.

  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city
  • Over 60 per cent of students were born outside of Canada
  • Large number of scholarships are offered
  • Many courses include work-integrated learning

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