Native Education

Office Administration & Employment Training Online Certificate

This 7-month online program provides learners with essential computer, data management, communication, business, and job search skills in the field of office administration.  In addition to classroom knowledge, students prepare for advanced administrative careers by gaining hands-on experience in a culturally-supported environment.
January 2024
September 2024
Program is available full-time, Monday to Friday.

Admission Requirements

High School Applicants
Mature Applicants
  • B.C. secondary school (Grade 12) or equivalent (B.C. Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma or General Education Diploma).
  • English 12 with a minimum 'C-' grade, or Communications 12 with a minimum 'B' grade
  • Math 10 with a minimum 'C' grade
  • NEC prioritizes Indigenous education for Indigenous learners, but we accept all people who are seeking a distinctly Indigenous educational experience. However, at this time, we do not accept international students. 
  • If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, NEC can help you.


  • 19 years old 
  • CAAT demonstrating grade 10 in Math
  • Literacy assessment demonstrating 60% in English 

If you do not meet high school graduation requirements or need to boost your high school grades before applying to a program, NEC can help you.

Program Tuition: $4,900.00
Registration: $75.00
Graduation: $30.00
Student Association: $30.00
Student Record and Student Card Fee: $15.00
*Books & Computer Licenses w/tax$862.00
Online Support Fee$200.00
**Laptop Optional $1,050.00
TOTAL: $6,112.00
TOTAL:(with laptop)


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Career Path

After successfully completing a practicum placement, our graduates will be qualified for employment with private and public Indigenous organizations, governments, and crown corporations. These jobs may include:

  • Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
  • Administrative Support Clerk / Manager
  • Office Manager / Office Administrator
  • Executive Assistant / Personal Assistant
  • Bookkeeper / Accounting Clerk
  • Call Centre Customer Service / Front Desk Clerk
  • Data Entry Clerk
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Why choose NEC to study OAET?


This training program is available online across Canada and integrates Indigenous teachings and Longhouse values.

Build a solid foundation of skills necessary in any aspect of business

Career with high demand & salaries

Graduates of this program leave with skills that will improve your resume and therefore better job opportunities.


You can become the next story of achievement at NEC.

2023 quote: "After successfully completing the Adult Basic Education program at NEC, I felt immense support and a strong sense of cultural integration in college life. I'm grateful to be currently enrolled in the Office Administration & Employment Training program, which is preparing me for a bright future in the workplace."
2024 quote: "During my practicum at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), I gained invaluable experience and was hired through the Indigenous Student Program."
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Office Administration & Employment Training Certificate Program, learners will be proficient in the following areas:

Microsoft Office Business Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), online platforms (Zoom, Teams, OneDrive, Google Drive) and databases.

Enhancing business communication and public speaking skills by developing an assertive voice and leading groups in a cooperative team setting.

Assisting with administrative procedures such as document handling (budget submissions, contracts administration) work schedules, bookkeeping (payroll, invoicing, AR & AP, bank deposits), ordering office supplies and servicing office equipment ​

Develop and maintain trust in interpersonal relationships utilizing conflict management and emotional intelligence techniques displaying professionalism

Apply techniques for planning, and composing effective, professionally, formatted business documents such as letters, memos and reports

Demonstrate interview skills; answer behavioral descriptive interview questions, and identify methods for maintaining and advancing in your career

Course Descriptions

OAET 111  Business Documents and Keyboarding50
OAET 121 MS Word – Word Processing 50
OAET 133 MS Windows and Computer Applications 50
OAET 135MS Excel – Spreadsheet and Business Math 55
OAET 160 MS Access Database 50
OAET 145 Business English and Communications75
OAET 150 Interpersonal Relations 50
OAET 155 Administrative Procedures50
OAET 180 Job Search Techniques50
OAET 185 Practicum120