Need to quickly gain the skills employers are seeking for managing today's computerized office?

The role of administrative professionals has changed a lot over the years. While the development of new technology and software tools have arguably made many tasks easier and more efficient, understanding and integrating these new technologies can also demand a knowledge and skillset that was not a part of the job previously. That's where the Administrative Technology micro-certificate comes in. This three-course program equips learners with the critical skills sought by employers to succeed in a computerized office—from software and database management to data analytics skills, cloud-based applications, digital communication and more.

Jump to:

Program description

Office administrative roles and responsibilities have moved beyond word processing and filing to require a much more complex and sophisticated skillset. It is now common to need skills and knowledge in a growing list of broad technology and computer-based application skills, such as:

  • advanced proficiency in Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Sharepoint, Access)
  • software application management
  • social media management 
  • digital communication tools 
  • data analysis 
  • project management, administration, or coordination 
  • cloud-based applications
  • frontline support for technical issues or as a frontline collaborator for IT departments 

The new Micro-certificate in Administrative Technology will equip learners with the critical skills sought after by employers to succeed in a computerized office environment. This three-course program will introduce learners to computer and technical skills required in administrative positions in today's general office and business environments. Learners will develop the skills to prepare for basic job-entry in current administrative technologies or to serve as an entry point or benchmark within larger certificate and diploma programs. This program is suitable for individuals who do not have previous education or background in computing as well as those who need to retrain or upgrade their existing computer skills. This foundational program can be completed in as little as one term to quickly up-skill or re-skill and effectively prepare for a professional career.

StongerBC logo

Through the StrongerBC future skills grant, students may be eligible to receive funding for this program. View details and eligibility

Program highlights

  • Individual – wide course selection options can be tailored to individual needs
  • Quick - allows learners to be career-ready in a short period of time
  • Relevant – tools and techniques with immediate hands-on real-world applicability
  • Manageable – a manageable workload that allows you to continue working, and to pursue your personal interests, while you study
  • Recognizable – earn a micro-credential from a well-respected and recognized university

Program outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of Windows operating systems and various computer software applications
  2. Communicate effectively through digital mediums
  3. Develop office communications and publications
  4. Manage data preparation and dissemination

Who is this program for?

You will find value in the Administrative Technology program if you:

  • are starting your career and looking to enhance your professional expertise
  • are switching careers into a more administrative environment
  • want to upskill to excel in your current role
  • want to add a professional credential that will help enhance your career in a short period of time
  • want to encourage your staff to get more training and professional development in the most common office technologies

Labour market data

Location Greater Vancouver
Data source: EMSI 2022

Currently employed

Average salary

Job postings

Employment trends

Past growth

Projected growth

Graph of Annual Employment Numbers

News and resources

Courses and fees

To successfully complete the Micro-certificate in Administrative Technology, participants must successfully complete one of the two core course below, plus two elective course options, based on individual needs and course availability. Participants are responsible for ensuring they meet the appropriate prerequisites or experience required for each course. 

= Courses open for registration

Program planning

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see our upcoming offerings, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Course 1 $695.00
Course 2 $695.00
Course 3 $695.00
Program fee $20.00
Estimated Total $2,105.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements


How to apply

No application is necessary, simply select any of the three courses required for the micro-certificate and register for them independently. When registering, you will have the option to purchase the Micro-certificate in Administrative Technology fee at an additional cost of $20. You are only required to select this when registering for one of the three courses. 

Once you have completed your third course, your certificate will be automatically issued and sent to you. Certificates will be sent approximately one month after the completion of your third course. 

Note: We are unable to retroactively issue a micro-certificate. Students must purchase the $20 program fee prior to the last day of the last course in the program.

StrongerBC future skills grant

The StrongerBC future skills grant is now available in 2024 (January to March) for midstream learners. For more information and eligibility criteria, view the grant details.

Application dates

Starting in
  Accepting Applications
Apply by