An administrative assistant plays a central role in today’s workplace whether in-person or virtually. This competency-based online program allows you to work and learn at your own pace, while receiving practical and applied training in word processing, accounting, spreadsheets, database and Internet searches, office procedures, communications and business calculations.

This hands-on learning program provides you with the skills and experience to tackle the job.

Students take multiple courses at once and pay for program access by the month until they are done their practicum.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply to the program?

It is suggested that you apply no later than 6 weeks prior to your requested start date (courses begin on the 1st of the month), to ensure there is time to review your application, confirm acceptance, pay the tuition deposit and register in your first course(s).

How long will it take to complete the program?

Students typically complete the program in eight months, but can take more or less time depending on life and work schedules.

When is the monthly tuition due and how do I make payment?

Students are charged a continuous monthly tuition ($550) for the program. Monthly program tuition is posted on MyACC by the 1st of every month. Payment is due by the 20th of the month. For example, program tuition for May is due by May 20.

Payment can be made by logging into MyACC. Failure to make payment by the 20th will result in a suspension of your Moodle course(s).

How do I register for my first course(s)?

Once you are accepted into the program, you will receive a letter outlining your next steps. 

1) PAY a non-refundable $550 tuition deposit. Note - Fee is applied to first month tuition. Sponsorship Authorization is not accepted for this fee. 

2) REGISTER by completing a Registration Change form and emailing it to registration@assiniboine.net. Refer to the Courses and Costs tab on this program page for the full list of course names and numbers you will need to complete this form. This step must be completed on or before the 20th of the month prior to your start date.

If you have any questions about course selection and sequencing, please CONTACT the Centre of Continuing Studies at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net to discuss.

3) If you are new to Assiniboine, you will get an email the next business day after you are registered, with your username and password, and how to log into your MyACC account.

How many courses should I take?

The number of courses a student takes at one time can vary from student to student, based on work/life commitments. It is suggested for new students that they start with no more than two courses to gauge the workload. Additional courses can be added monthly.

What are the course start dates?

All courses start on the first of each month with a registration deadline of the 20th of the prior month.

Example: A course starting on May 1st must be registered for by April 20th.

Is there a specific order courses should be completed in?

No. Courses can be taken in the students preferred sequence, as long as prerequisites are met. 

Reference the 'Courses & Costs' tab on this page for the list of courses and prerequisites.

What resources will I require for the courses?

Please refer to the 'Tools & Supplies' tab on this program page for information related to course materials.

How long do I have to complete each course?

Students are given up to four (4) months to complete each course from the start date.

What happens if I complete a course early?

If you complete a course early, you can continue to another course by registering on or before the 20th of the month to start on the 1st of the next month.

How can I track my progress in the program?

You can track progress in the program by visiting MYACC, logging into "My ACC for Students", and selecting "Program Evaluation" under "Academic Profile".


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 40G/40S or equivalent
  • Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40S or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.

Next Step

Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Administrative Assistant and preferred start date in your program choice.

Apply no later than 6 weeks prior to your requested start date (new courses begin on the 1st of the month), to ensure there is time to review your application, confirm acceptance, and register in your first course(s).

Careers & Connections


Graduates may find work as virtual assistants or office managers, data entry clerks, general office clerks or administrative assistants among many other career opportunities. Tasks may include preparing correspondence, reports, statements and other material, operating office equipment, filing, answering phones, managing multiple schedules and other general clerical duties.


Students graduating from the Assistant Administrative program ,with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, may apply to Assiniboine’s Legal Administration, Medical Administration or Office Management diploma programs, and receive credit for year one. Students must apply for and commence studies with Assiniboine within five years of completing the Administrative Assistant Program.


Tools & Supplies

Computer access is required. Course material is delivered over the Internet on a learning platform called Moodle. Moodle allows assignments to be transmitted to the instructor electronically.  Textbooks are required in some courses.  

Visit the Bookstore’s website to learn more.


At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer with an internet connection. The coursework deals specifically with Office 365 products commonly used in business environments. For some assignments, you will need to use a PC computer with Office 365 installed to complete them as not all features are available through the online apps.

If you need a PC computer, you can purchase one with Windows OS installed and then install Office 365 for free as an Assiniboine Student. There is a non-profit program available to help with this process that you can access as a post-secondary student.

Visit Computers for Schools Manitoba for more details and to fill out an application.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Administrative Assistant certificate, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits and 3 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Tuition, fees, and Students’ Association fees total $550/month. Students admitted into the program are required to make a $550 tuition deposit that is credited towards the first month’s tuition. Estimated cost for books and supplies is approximately $2,300. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Accepted students in the program can register for courses by completing the Registration Change form and emailing it to registration@assiniboine.net

Course Code

Course Name



Admin Assistant Accounting 1



Business English



Introduction to Excel



Keyboarding and Documents



Office Procedures 1



Admin Assistant Accounting 2

Prerequisite: ACCT-0048 Admin Assistant Accounting 1



Office Procedures 2

Prerequisite: OFAD-0025 Office Procedures 1



Business Communications

Prerequisite: COMM-0382 Business English and COMP-0593 Keyboarding and Document



Data Processing

Prerequisite: COMP-0594 Introduction to Excel and COMP-0593 Keyboarding and Documents

Corequisite: COMP-0595 Keyboarding Applications



Keyboarding Applications

Prerequisite: COMM-0382 Business English and COMP-0593 Keyboarding and Documents




Prerequisite: all program courses


Distance Education

The Administrative Assistant certificate program is available for study through distance education.

  • If you are not an active Assiniboine student in the Administrative Assistant program but wish to apply to the program, you may do so by applying online www.assiniboine.net/applynow
  • If you have been accepted into the program, select your course(s), complete the Registration Form and email it to registration@assiniboine.net. Please ensure you include the course number, course name and start date for each course you wish to add (see Courses and Costs tab for the full list of courses and course numbers).

Course are offered the 1st of every month. You have 4 months to complete the course from the start date of the course. The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month however, you can register at any time - you don’t need to wait for the deadline. For example, for February 1st courses, the deadline to register is January 20th. 

Please ensure that you review our academic policies,  including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses; and A10: Maintaining Active Student Status, which details how often you need to complete a course to remain active in your program. You have five years to complete a program

Fast Facts

Approx. 8 months (depending on course load)
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