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Administrative Assistant Certificate Business Total Units: 43
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement Program prepares the student to be a member of an organization's team. This program encompasses the integration of 21st Century workforce skills emphasizing communication, teamwork, project management, problem-solving, and systems development. A unique aspect of the program is the requirement of the online International Business Practices course, which prepares students to work for international/multinational companies.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. This certificate is the advanced level of the Administrative Assistant program. Students completing the Office Assistant Completion Certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement. More information about the Business Office Technology programs can be found at the Business Office Technology website.

The Administrative Assistant Program includes an internship, which provides the student an opportunity to use their acquired skills in an office environment and gain experience in their profession before completing the program.

The role of office professionals (commonly known as receptionist, typist, and secretary) has changed due to the downsizing of companies, a decrease in middle managers, and increased use of technology. The administrative assistant has become an integral part of the organization's team with the responsibility to perform office skills, exercise initiative and judgment, train coworkers, use technology to manage the workload of others, think globally, and assume responsibility without direct supervision. Opportunities are available in private industry, non-profit organizations, and government offices. With experience and/or additional education, administrative assistants may be promoted to management positions.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Administrative Assistant Certificate program are:

  • Complete 43 units from
    • Administrative Assistant Requirements

Administrative Assistant Requirements - complete 43.00 units
BBK 50Computerized Bookkeeping and Accounting 13.00
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
BGN 81Practical Business Math Skills3.00
BGN 85Electronic Calculator0.50
BOT 50BKeyboarding and Document Processing1.50
BOT 56AWorkforce Issues for Professional Office Workers3.00
BOT 56BEmployment Issues for Professional Office Workers1.00
BOT 56CSurvival Issues for Professional Office Workers3.00
BOT 56.2Workplace Communication for Professional Office Workers4.00
BOT 59.1Applied Office Technology Skills4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
BOT 59.2Business Records Skills4.00
Records and Information Management2.00
BOT 59.2BManaging Time and Materials2.00
BOT 59.3Marketing Your Skills3.00
BOT 59.4International Business Practices3.00
CS 65.11Microsoft Office3.00
BGN 102Typing-Skill Building1.50
BOT 172Basic Filing, Self Paced0.50
BOT 99.1IBusiness Office Tech Occupational Work Experience Internship2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2011

Previous Versions:

Administrative Assistant - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


BOT 99I should be taken in the final semester of the program.

CS 65.11A was BOT 73.10A, CS 65.11B was BOT 73.10B (Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/27/09)

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