Administrative Professional: Executive

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnJanuary 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

In a competitive, pressure-filled world, executives need to make the most of their time. Executive administrative professionals help executives at the top levels of companies and organizations stay at the top of their game. We coordinate schedules, manage communications, keep track of finances, record meeting minutes, prepare documents and presentations for meetings, and anything else executives need. Executive assistants are a cross between a project manager, office administrator, and strategic ally. If you have excellent communications skills, thrive on multi-tasking and organization, and want to work directly with company leaders, a career as an executive administrative professional could be a great move.
In our Administrative Professional: Executive program, you’ll build upon the core abilities of the Administrative Professional program to perform at an executive level. You’ll learn skills in word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, and accounting software applications, as well as how to create multi-media presentations and professional-quality publications. Our training and workplace experience will also provide you with expert problem-solving, managerial, and interpersonal skills. Senior executives are always looking for qualified administrative professionals who are key in their productivity and indispensable to their team. Enroll today and pursue a rewarding career helping business leaders perform at their best.


The requirements for this certificate may be achieved within one and one-half academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Our graduates find employment in a wide variety of roles, including office managers, executive assistants, managerial-level support staff, trainers, and receptionists. Wherever you find top-level leaders, you'll see executive administrative professionals, including working for corporations, government departments, non-profits, professional associations, and more.
    As their professional experience grows, many administrative professionals progress to working for increasingly senior-level executives within organizations. The growth of technology has also given rise to new opportunities such as virtual assistants who provide the same professional services on a freelance basis.

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    Specific Considerations

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Please note that some textbook instruction for program courses is written for PC systems and students with MAC devices may not be able to follow this instruction step-by-step.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course provides a general overview of the major areas of the Canadian Business System.

    This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skill to write clear, concise, and coherent sentences and paragraphs.

    This course is designed to build upon the knowledge and skill of COMM1130: Business Writing to design and develop professional business reports and proposals. It goes beyond the basic format and principles of business correspondence to include the research, organization, and substantiation of business documents.  


      This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to manage meetings from an Administrative Professional perspective. Students learn the skills required to write efficient, effective, and professional meeting documentation. It focuses on the tools and techniques used to plan meetings as well as to write and distribute meeting agendas, minutes, and action items.


      • COMM1251B
      • SAAL1215G

      This course introduces a structured approach to writing business messages for emails, memos, letters, and other documents. Students will apply the stages of the writing process to business writing (prewriting, writing and revising). They will research, prepare, format, draft, proofread and edit a series of documents commonly used in business writing.


        This course provides students with a framework to determine what is involved in starting a business and allows the student to assess their own potential in starting a business.

        This course utilizes a practical approach in introducing the student to ethics and ethical issues in the workplace. Participants examine the subject by considering numerous examples of real-world case studies that illustrate dilemmas students are challenged to resolve.

        This course presents a basic accounting framework, concepts, and principles by journalizing, posting and preparing financial statements. It provides a balance between theory and practical application and stresses the need for attention to detail, confidentiality and ethics

        Students who have successfully completed all three continuing education courses - GACG1000, GACG 1001 and GACG 1002 - may apply for equivalency for GACG 1047.

        Students acquire an understanding of the basics of payroll practices and procedures including an overview of employment standards, earnings, benefits, statutory deductions, net pay, and Record of Employment documents.


        • GACG1076

        This course will provide the student with an understanding of the legal aspects of the employment relationship and the respective responsibilities of the employer and employee.

        Explore the essential components of event management by providing the opportunity for the student to experience the full event planning and implementation process including various elements that support and enhance a successful event.

        This course is introduces the basic principles, aspects and features of life insurance. The course covers a broad range of types of insurance including the full policy cycle. Canadian taxation constraints along with the legal and ethical framework within insurance agent’s responsibilities are also introduced.

        This course provides an overview of key investment management terms and concepts, as well as a study of the goals of the investment manager. In addition, key aspects of the investment management environment will be discussed.

        Keyboarding is useful for those who regularly do text or data input and who wish to develop efficiency in use of the equipment. This skill is essential for those preparing for a career in which the use of software packages is a major component of their work.

        This course has been designed to allow the student to express communication basics such as asking for help, reciting letters and numbers, and talking about time and dates. The course will allow students to acquire the basic grammar rules and familiarity with the gender of nouns.

        This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of the Canadian legal system, its evolution, structure, processes, and terminology. Students expand upon this knowledge through the analysis and discussion of current legal issues and events.

        This course will introduce students to Canadian taxation system and how to complete of basic personal income tax returns in accordance with provisions of the Income Tax Act.

        This course is an introduction to basic concepts in business law. It provides students with an overview of various acts and legislations that govern the marketplace such as contract law, tort liability, employment legislation, intellectual property, and real property.

        In this course students will learn to analyse a business situation and decide what tasks need to be done. They will determine how mathematics can help with these tasks, perform the particular computations necessary and communicate the results in an appropriate format. Emphasis is placed on estimating answers as a means of checking the accuracy and the reasonableness of the results.

        This course is designed to provide an overview of the office management skills required in an office administration executive position. Development of a professional attitude and an understanding of supervisory responsibilities will be an integral part of this course.


        • SAAL1042
        • SAAL1216
        • SAAL1221

        This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill they've acquired in the classroom setting to the real-world environment.

        This course is designed to provide students with the skills and abilities to effectively perform office operations and foster a culture of quality customer service.

        Learners are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

        This course will introduce students to job search techniques.

        This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

        This course provides learners with the knowledge and skill to contribute to the implementation and maintenance of a social media strategy. Students explore a range of existing and emerging social media platforms as well as their influence on the development of an organization’s social media strategy. They examine the components of the social media strategy as well as the tools and techniques used to implement and maintain it. Students employ these tools and techniques to write, post, monitor, and manage social media content.


        • COMM1251B

        This course deals with procedures for the internal management of hard copy records as well as electronic information. The preparation of documents for distribution electronically and through the mail is covered.

        This course introduces students to a computerized accounting software program. It will provide students with experience in maintaining computerized accounting records using accounting software. Transactions using the general, payable, receivable and payroll modules will be covered.


          Students taking this course learn to apply basic techniques of design to produce such publications as booklets, newsletters, brochures and flyers.

          Students taking this course will use their previous knowledge of a software suite to integrate components from one software package to another. They will learn the process of embedding and linking from one software package to another.


          • SAAL1217
          • SAAL1219
          • SAAL1221

          This course introduces students to the basics of website design. It explores the characteristics of a good site and the various tools used to create and maintain a site.

          This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill create a multimedia production.


          • SAAL1221

          This course builds on the skills of Computerized Accounting. Students set up company data in various modules, process various transactions, adjustments, reconciliations and prepare month end and year end financial reports.


          • SAAL1020

          This course will prepare students to use information management software to communicate through email and organize daily activities. Students will utilize various functions within the software to manage contacts, notes and tasks.

          This course is designed to teach students the fundamental features and functions of word processing software and document formatting to enable them to produce quality business documentation.


          • KSSC1007E

          In this course advanced formats and word processing features will be used to enhance student-created documents. The students will continue to develop their keyboarding speed and accuracy.


          • SAAL1215G

          Students taking this course learn basic database concepts including creation of tables, queries, forms, and reports.

          This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to create customized forms, reports and macros.


          • SAAL1217

          This course introduces students to spreadsheet software. They create spreadsheets and develop various formulas and functions to highlight the software’s forecasting abilities. Students learn to prepare charts and graphs.

          This course builds on the basic spreadsheet skills and examines more advanced software functionality. Among the areas covered are the creation and management of tables and charts, the manipulation of multiple worksheets and workbooks, and various advanced functions.


            Students taking this course will prepare slide presentations using a variety of techniques. They will learn to manipulate text, graphics, drawings and charts to increase the effectiveness of their presentation.

            In this course, students apply operating system and application features/functions as well as file management practices to enhance proficiency in a computer-based environment.

            Students taking this course will build on their previous spreadsheet knowledge to examine additional advanced software functions.


            • SAAL1220G

            Students demonstrate the practical and theoretical skills developed in previous courses in a simulated office environment.


            • SAAL1216
            • OMGB1016B
            • SAAL1217
            • SAAL1219
            • SAAL1221

            A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

            This course inspires students to consider the concept of global citizenship in social, political, cultural and professional contexts. This course challenges students to actualize and understand their responsibilities as global citizens by identifying ways in which they can actively participate in their local and extended communities.

            Using the correct medical terminology is essential in the health care field. In this course students will learn the basic language used in medicine.

            This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for transcription of various types of documents. They will apply the rules of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and make use of reference manuals, as necessary, to produce accurate, properly formatted business and technical reports. Students will practise good proofreading and editing of transcribed documents.


            • SAAL1215G
            • KSSC1007E

            This course prepares students to deliver extemporaneous and impromptu presentations of various lengths and purposes.

            NOC Codes

            1222 - Executive assistants
            1241 - Administrative assistants
            1411 - General office support workers
            1422 - Data entry clerks
            1432 - Payroll administrators

            Articulation Agreements

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            Information: All one and two year NBCC programs will be recognized as approved programs of study within SSU's Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) program.

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