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Office Assistant Certificate

Office Assistant Certificate

Refine your office skills and develop a higher level of professionalism with our Office Assistant/Specialist Certificate.

  • About the Office Assistant Certificate

    Organizations rely on assistants to keep the day-to-day functions of an office running. They particularly benefit from those who are organized, have a basic understanding of business functions, skilled in using computer software, and professional.

    The Office Assistant/Specialist Certificate will help you develop all of those qualities so that you can carry out your job duties with confidence.

    In this curriculum, you’ll brush up on your math and English skills, learn the basics of accounting and small business management, develop communication and professionalism skills, and increase your computing abilities.

    This program is a certificate designed to improve your skills in the workplace. It can be combined with additional coursework to earn an associate degree. Some courses may transfer to four-year schools for the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

    Smart Idea: Earn a certificate while working toward a degree to gain professional employment (and likely a better income) while still in school.

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the full curriculum guide for the Certificate in Office Assistant.

  • What Can I Do With an Office Assistant/Specialist Certificate?

    Office Assistants or Office Specialists perform essential office duties such as composing routine correspondence, editing documents, scheduling appointments, and maintaining files.

    Office assistants may work in any industry, so job opportunities are many and varied.

    Careers and Salaries
    Career OptionSalary
    Secretaries and Administrative Assistants: $39,850

    2019 median pay. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Clubs and Honor Societies

Business Club

The Business Club is open to students of any major. The Business Club allows students to engage with each other and professionals in various industries. The Business Club also hosts various events on campus and typically participates in a field trip each semester to various businesses/industries so that students can see first-hand the experience of what it is like to work in that business/industry.

Alpha Beta Gamma

Business and accounting students have the opportunity to join SMC’s chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, the international business honor society.


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Flexible Course Offerings

Courses are offered on the Dowagiac and Niles campuses in day, night, and online-hybrid formats, giving you the flexibility to earn a certificate while working.

Learn More About Online-hybrid Courses