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Office Administration

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Office Administration

Program Overview

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Office Administration program (formerly Office Education) is a one-year certificate program offered full-time on-campus in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Regina.

You may also take all the courses in the program through Continuing Education. If you take the courses through Continuing Education, you are not required to apply for admission or meet the requirements. Once you have successfully completed all the courses, simply apply to graduate. 

This program provides knowledge and skill development related to the business office environment, with an emphasis on computer applications. Instruction is augmented by projects that will give you a hands-on understanding of the demands and rewards of work in an office setting.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Edit and write business letters, memos and email communication;
  • Effectively use leading business software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, desktop publishing and Adobe to create business documents;
  • Execute office procedures such as reception, mail processing, email communication, calendaring, telephone communication, operating office equipment, task management and meeting participation;
  • Generate, maintain and retrieve manual and electronic records;
  • Use interpersonal communications in the workplace; and
  • Use automated accounting software and do basic accounting.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic emphasizes hands-on learning, especially when it comes to computer and software programs. You’ll learn to use leading office software, from word processing to accounting to email. You’ll gain practical experience through simulated office situations. You’ll practise standard office procedures, from directing telephone communications to preparing for meetings to maintaining office equipment and managing office supplies.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Every business needs administrative assistants. This gives Saskatchewan Polytechnic Office Administration graduates a broad job market: government, education, law, medicine, engineering, manufacturing, travel, insurance, banking and business. You could work in a large organization and become a specialist or in small business and perform a wide variety of duties. Entry-level positions include administrative assistant, administrative support staff, receptionist, bookkeeper, customer service representative and more.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Executive AssistantExecutive Assistants (1222)$31,200 - $72,800
Administrative AssistantGeneral Office Clerks (1411)$25,000 - $52,900
Administrative SupportAdministrative Clerks (1441)$29,200 - $61,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):
  • September - Moose Jaw (full-time)
  • September and January - Prince Albert and Regina (full-time)
  • Varies - Continuing Education


Length: 32 weeks (full-time); 14 courses (Continuing Education)

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 50 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 65 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,500

Continuing Education Students: Contact Registration Services

International Students

Year 1 (32 weeks) - $12,100 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 105
Accounting
4
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You will journalize and post transactions, prepare adjusting and closing entries, prepare unaudited financial statements, perform banking and petty cash functions, and prepare employee and employer payroll records.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
BCOM 100
Business Communications 1
4
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You will apply grammatical rules and principles in preparation for writing routine business correspondence.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
BCOM 103
Interpersonal Communications
3
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The course will provide opportunities for you to develop important skills used to facilitate effective interpersonal communication in the workplace. Your studies will focus on the development of active listening skills, conflict resolution strategies, verbal skills, and problem-solving strategies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 121, COMM 112, COMM 291, HUMR 186
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
CKEY 101
Keyboarding 1
2
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You will develop ergonomic and keyboarding techniques to attain accuracy and a speed of 30 words per minute on two different three-minute timed writings with a maximum of three errors.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
COAP 115
Word Processing 1
6
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This course introduces fundamental file management and word processing concepts. Using a variety of word processing features, you will learn to format business correspondence, create, format, and edit tables and enhance documents with the addition of graphics.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
OPRO 100
Office Procedures
6
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You will learn time management, customer service and reception skills. You will also learn how to effectively perform office procedures skills related to telephones, incoming and outgoing mail, and business meetings. As well, you will learn internet applications, e-mail, electronic calendaring and scheduling and how to manage office supplies and business forms.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
OPRO 133
Records Management
3
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You will learn about records management procedures and equipment and various types of filing systems including electronic filing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 136
Automated Accounting
4
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Using an automated accounting software package, you will learn how to enter transactions into journals (general, purchase, payments, sales, cash receipts and payroll) and ledgers (general, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll), learn to account for inventory, and learn to prepare banking records. You will also prepare the initial automated accounting setup for use by a company.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 105 or ACCT 122
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 137
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
BCOM 102
Business Communications 2
4
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You will continue to develop effective business writing skills. You will write routine business correspondence and apply proofreading and editing skills.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): BCOM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
CKEY 102
Keyboarding 2
2
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You will develop ergonomic and keyboarding techniques to attain a speed of 45 words per minute with 98% accuracy on two separate five-minute timed writings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Prerequisites(s): CKEY 101
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
COAP 116
Word Processing 2
6
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You will learn to enhance business documents with the addition of styles and the use of columns. You will use advanced features to enhance business documents and tables. You will also merge documents, create templates and forms, use desktop publishing features, and maintain a website.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 115, CKEY 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
COAP 117
Spreadsheet Applications
4
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You will learn how to design spreadsheets and apply numeracy skills to solve business problems. You will focus on formatting, applying formulas and functions, preparing charts, and utilizing data management techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
COAP 138
Computer Suite Applications
3
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In the course, you will learn to create documents that feature the integration of word processing, database, and presentation software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 115
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group
EMPS 105
Personal Management
3
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You will focus on your role in the office including professionalism, your rights and responsibilities, customer relations and time management. You will also prepare for the job search process.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Print Distance Group

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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