Programs & Courses

Administrative Office Professional


About the Program

Gain the knowledge and abilities need to manage information, organize and maintain files, coordinate projects and learn bookkeeping and computer skills. This certificate program takes just eight months to complete and includes the full range of courses you need to succeed as an entry-level administrative professional in many different office environments.

As a student, you’ll form strong connections with faculty and classmates to support your college experience and build your network. You’ll also gain on-the-job experience through a work placement in both the fall and spring semesters. The ability to use your Administrative Office Professional certificate as a starting point for a business diploma or degree is one of the strengths of this program. You can focus on building the skills you need for work right away, but also think of a long-term career at the same time.

Administrative Office Professional Certificate available online
Want to build a new career, but need the flexibility to balance family, work or location with your studies? Our administrative office professional certificate program is now available via online learning, delivering the education you want on a schedule that fits your life. To learn more about this option, please contact an academic advisor

After taking the Administrative Office Professional certificate, you can take the Administrative Office Management diploma or a Business Administration diploma majoring in Business/Office Technology.

Additional opportunities

Graduates of the Administrative Office Management program also receive advanced standing in two of MHC's continuing studies certificate programs:

PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) will be granted for the computer skills training and keyboard requirements, as well as the "Productivity and Workplace Communication" course requirements in the above programs. For complete details, please visit the links provided for each program. Please note that continuing studies certificate programs are not eligible for student loan funding.

High School

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 10C
  • Keyboarding speed of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy is recommended

Or approval of the Program Coordinator

Mature Route

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 10C
  • Keyboarding speed of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy is recommended

Or approval of the Program Coordinator


Fall Semester

APRO 108 Keyboarding/Desktop Publishing I
APRO 120 Effective Speaking for the Office
APRO 125 Office Communications I
APRO 131
Office Applications I
APRO 140 Bookkeeping I
APRO 180*
 Work Experience I
* Includes customer service training during the semester, followed by work experience at the end of the semester.
Winter Semester
APRO 109 Keyboarding/Desktop Publishing II
APRO 133 Office Applications II
APRO 145 Bookkeeping II
APRO 155 Office Communications II
APRO 167 Office Relations
APRO 190 Work Experience II


Graduation from the Administrative Office Professional program will prepare you for office employment in numerous fields.


 Accounting  Education - College/University  News Industry
 Agriculture  Education - School  Oilfield Companies
 Automobile Dealerships  Government  Police and Security
 Business  Insurance Agencies  Printers/Printshops
 Computer Consultants  Legal Banking  Real Estate
 Dental  Medical Bookkeeping   Retail

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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