Business Office Technology Certificate

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What can I do with this?

The Business Office Technology Certificate

  • Prepare students for challenging positions as administrative assistants and office managers through courses in communication, industry standard computer applications, business, office procedures, and bookkeeping in order to meet the needs of the technologically dynamic office.
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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 select, apply, and adapt computer software tools such as word processing, spreadsheet, data base, accounting, presentation, and desktop publishing, to business related tasks and assess the logic of the results.
  • To analyze and record a variety of business financial transactions including but not limited to petty cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and process through the accounting cycle from journalizing to financial statements.
  • To apply standard records management procedures when establishing and maintaining systems to classify, organize, store, and retrieve hard copy and electronic files.
  • To demonstrate active listening skills to accurately condense and record verbal information, instructions, and ideas.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

All the classes required for my Business Office Technology degree that I have taken help so much with my job as an office manager.

—Heather Martin, 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 30.0 units and will likely take 3 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

30.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,380 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,800* for books and supplies

Total cost $3,180 for 3 semesters


30.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $11,250 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,800* for books and supplies

Total cost $13,050 for 3 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.