Administrative assistants


Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare, key in, edit and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material from machine dictation and handwritten copy

  • Open and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and coordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments and organizations

  • Schedule and confirm appointments and meetings of employer

  • Order office supplies and maintain inventory

  • Answer telephone and electronic enquiries and relay telephone calls and messages

  • Set up and maintain manual and computerized information filing systems

  • Determine and establish office procedures

  • Greet visitors, ascertain nature of business and direct visitors to employer or appropriate person

  • Record and prepare minutes of meetings

  • Arrange travel schedules and make reservations

  • May compile data, statistics and other information to support research activities

  • May supervise and train office staff in procedures and in use of current software

  • May organize conferences.

Job titles

  • administrative assistant
  • administrative assistant - office
  • administrative secretary
  • appointment secretary
  • church secretary
  • contracts secretary

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

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Education and training

Employment requirements

  • Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for administrative assistants or secretaries or Previous clerical experience is required.
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.

Additional information

  • No additional information

Certification requirements

Optional: The following certification are optional to practice as Administrative assistants in B.C.

  • Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) Designation - Administrative Assistants

Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) Designation - Administrative Assistants

To work as an administrative professional in BC, you may choose to earn the Canadian Certified Administrative Professional designation. The designation is earned by completing the Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) program, for which you must be a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP).

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