Office Administration

Certificate Information

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What can I do with a certificate in Office Administration?

The Office Administration Certificate offers the technical, interpersonal and organizational skills needed to perform the full range of office duties required in the jobs of administrative assistant, office assistant, and payroll. Both manual and computerized systems are used.

Students with training and education in Office Administration are employed in most areas of the economy including government offices, private business, education, financial institutions, healthcare and not-for-profit organizations. Jobs are available at different levels of responsibility, and employees are often given on-the-job training to increase their skills.

What is the Clerical Assistant Certificate?

A Clerical Assistant is specialized and may be utilized by employees currently working in office environments who would like to gain new skills. This certificate is also useful for entry-level employees who would like to enter the workforce more quickly, and who can apply their credits toward the full Office Administration certificate or the Associate of Science in  Business Administration degree, in the future.

Clerical Assistant IBEST

The Clerical Assistant Certificate is also offered in an IBEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) format. IBEST classes have an extra support instructor to help ABE/ESL students learn both their foundational English/Math skills and the skills for employment in their chosen field. Contact your advisor to see when the next IBEST Clerical Assistant classes will be offered.

What is the application process?

There is no special program application for the Office Administration program.

Career & Salary Outlook

Starting wages for office and administrative support workers may range between $10.54 and $12.55 per hour, with wages averaging at $15.73 per hour. A first-line supervisor of office and administrative support workers may start at $16.39 per hour.

Sources: CareerOneStop 2012; WA State Employment Security Department, September 2013.

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