Not sure about the English or math Requirement?
School transcripts will help us determine whether you have the required English and math levels.
Students that do not meet all admission requirements may complete the Selkirk College Readiness Tool (CRT) to confirm required math and English levels.
Can I do this in my spare time?
The Office Administration & Technology Certificate is a full program of study consisting of 14 courses, just like a program in a classroom would be.
Can I take this program at my own pace?
No. You will be working in a structured course timeline and submitting assignments on a regular basis. You have the flexibility within each week to complete schoolwork when you want, but you will maintain a structured weekly class pace.
Can I take this program in a classroom at the college?
No, this program is online only.
Can everything in the program be done online?
All courses and exams are online. The Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate does include a two-week practicum placement in a business with a preceptor.
Do I have to come to the school at any time for this program or exams?
No, we use proctoring software for final exams. Students can complete all course requirements from home.
How long will it take for me to complete this program?
The Office Administration & Technology Certificate may be taken full-time or part-time. Full-time students complete the certificate in six months. Part-time students complete the program in two years or four semesters.
Can I get credit for any of the courses in the OTEC program if I have an office certificate or similar courses?
Selkirk College will consider your previous education to determine whether courses are transferable into the program. Students who've previously taken courses may apply for transfer credit by filling out and submitting an Application for Transfer Credit form.
The following documentation may also be required: official course outlines from the school where you completed the courses, transcripts for courses showing grade in percentage and any post-secondary certificates or diplomas. The content of some courses requires current knowledge and skills; therefore, older courses may not be accepted for credit.
Do I have to pay for the entire program up front, or can I pay as I go?
Students register and pay for courses per semester, the same as you would if you were attending a class on campus.
When can I start the program?
Applicants are accepted into the program as soon as their application file is completed (i.e., once Admissions has received appropriate documentation of all the admission requirements for the program). There are intakes (start dates) every September for both the OA Certificate and the Bookkeeping Certificate.
The OA Certificate also has a part-time entry in January. Courses finish at the end of February and then resume in September. This is a perfect gradual start to determine whether the online classroom environment is right for you.
What type of computer set up do I need to complete this online program?
To complete this online program, students will need a personal computer (phones and tablets won’t support all functionalities), webcam, microphone, speakers, internet access, a current web browser and access to a printer.
Students are provided with Office 365 software needed for the program, and bookkeeping students gain access to Sage Accounting through purchase of a textbook.
What kind of employment opportunities are there?
As a graduate, you’ll be able to apply for a range of positions including receptionist, administrative or executive assistant, financial assistant, office administrator, office supervisor, accounting assistant, accounts payable, receivable or payroll clerk, customer service representative, data processor, bookkeeper and more.