Office Clerk Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The BSOT Office Clerk Certificate

  • Equips the student to perform basic competencies as an entry level office clerk whether or not the individual has previous office experience.

What can I do with this?

You can use this to enhance career opportunities in:

  • Office Assistant
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Filing Clerk
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Front Office Professional

The Office Clerk occupation is projected to add nearly half a million jobs by 2020.

Source: Employment Projections Program, US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 demonstrate introductory skills in the use of software tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, to entry-level office related tasks such as letter and report creation, basic spreadsheet creation/edit, and data entry.
  • To demonstrate accuracy and efficiency using a desktop calculator to perform business mathematics calculations appropriate for routine office tasks requiring calculation.
  • 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 12.0 units and will likely take 1 semester.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

12.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $552 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $720* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,272 for 1 semester


12.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $4,500 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $720* for books and supplies

Total cost $5,220 for 1 semester

*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.