Native Education

Office Administration & Employment Training Certificate

This 7-month 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.
Classes are in-person in Vancouver, B.C.

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

    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.


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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

Why choose NEC to study OAET?

Get tuition-free & books

Most Indigenous applicants may be eligible for an ACCESS sponsorship or a NEC scholarship.  INQUIRE NOW!

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.


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
Office Administration student
Rosie Johnnie-Mills

 Native Education College is a safe place for me to return to school. I am grateful for Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-waututh and NEC for creating a safer space for Indigenous Diaspora like myself. As an Intergenerational residential school survivor I feel relieved to be able to build a better life for myself and everyone I connect with, supported by the inclusive Indigenous space provided by NEC.

OAET- Student 2022