Cerro Coso Community College

Business Office Technology Office Clerk Certificate

BSOT Office Clerk Certificate

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
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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

  • 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.

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


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:

Advisory: MATH C040.

This course provides practice with a wide range of mathematical procedures used in various business applications. Students perform calculations both manually and using a calculator to solve problems in accounting, retail, finance, and taxation. Learners are required to access a printing calculator with features including round off/up key, decimal selector for 0 through 6 plus float memory keys and 10-12 digit keyboard. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This course provides the learner with a survey of skills and topics covered in the Business Office Technology Program certificates and degree program. Business English, an orientation to industry standard office software, entry level office procedures such as the role of a business information professional, the workplace environment, workplace communication, ethics, customer focus, and teamwork are covered. The focus is an introduction to skills that are relevant to success as an office clerk, administrative assistant, or office manager. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide basic understanding of word processing concepts using Microsoft Word. Learners create, edit, and format documents including business letters, multiple-page reports, newsletters, and cover letters. Mail merge and desktop publishing are also introduced. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for Microsoft Word. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course is designed to provide a basic understanding of spreadsheets. Spreadsheet design, creation, revision, formatting and printing are covered. The learner creates basic sales or expense reports, family budgets and basic business related spreadsheet documents using Microsoft Excel features and functions. This course begins preparation for the Microsoft Application Specialist certification exam for Excel. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

This hands-on computer course provides a beginning understanding of the Microsoft Access database management program. Fundamental relational database design and management as well as building and editing basic tables, forms, queries, and reports are introduced. This course begins preparation for the core level Microsoft Access Office Specialist certification exam. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070.

This is a hands-on microcomputer course designed to provide basic understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics to be covered include planning, creating, editing, viewing, and printing PowerPoint presentations. This course prepares the student to take the core level Microsoft PowerPoint Office Users Specialist certification exam. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C070, ENGL C040.

Learners are introduced to a computer keyboard with an emphasis on learning and building correct touch typing techniques for alphanumeric, symbol, and punctuation keys. A foundation for keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed and proofreader's marks are introduced. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Learners practice file management, email, instant messaging, Internet browsing and searching. This course includes a brief introduction to industry standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation application programs. Computer terminology and identification of fundamental hardware and software applications is introduced. 9 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Campuses

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

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

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

This certificate 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

Non-residents

12.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $3,096 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $720* for books and supplies

Total cost $3,816 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.

For general questions, contact:

Karen O'Connor
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 384-6172
Email: koconnor@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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