Administrative Office Assistant Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The BSOT Administrative Office Assistant Certificate

  • Equips the student with the range of skills necessary to perform the duties of an entry level administrative assistant in today's technological office.
  • Trains students in communication, bookkeeping, office skills, and an essential selection of intermediate computer applications for business.
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You can use this to:

  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Office Assistant
    • Bookkeeper
    • Data Entry Operator
    • Filing Clerk
    • Inventory Clerk
    • Clerk I, II, III
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Receptionist
    • Front Office Professional
    • Payroll Clerk
    • Accounts Receivable Clerk
    • Accounts Payable Clerk

What will I learn?

  • To display business standards for efficiency, time management, and quality of work while projecting a professional image including ethical standards with respect to privacy, confidentiality, and personal behavior both independently and in group situations.
  • To apply fundamental principles of spelling, grammar, and punctuation to a wide variety of business communication messages, documents, and reports appropriate for the intended audience.
  • To demonstrate intermediate skills and problem solving ability in the use of industry standard applications and technology such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, to office related tasks.
  • To analyze and record a variety of business financial transactions such as petty cash, bank deposits, accounts receivable, and accounts payable.
  • To demonstrate active listening skills to accurately condense and record verbal information, instructions, and ideas.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

While I was doing my job searching, I found that even with an entry-level, clerk position, many would have liked at least 6 months of office experience. Luckily for me I was accepted on the fact that I had been taking BSOT classes for a year prior to applying for the job.

—Theresa Guerrero, Student

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 18.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

18.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $828 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,080* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,908 for 2 semesters


18.0 units

at $388 per unit

Equals $6,984 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,080* for books and supplies

Total cost $8,064 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.