Administrative Professional: French Second Language Training

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Fredericton September 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Who keeps organizations on track and operating smoothly on a daily basis? Administrative professionals do. They are the backbone of office functionality, typing and preparing documents, scheduling appointments, maintaining files, and managing incoming calls and inquiries. In an officially bilingual province such as New Brunswick, having the skills to do the job in English and French makes you twice as valuable.
If you’re someone who loves keeping things organized, and you want to contribute in more than one language, our Administrative Professional: French Second Language Training program is a great bilingual path to opportunity. You’ll learn the skills for communicating effectively in both official languages, word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, and accounting software. In-class French language training combined with real-world bilingual workplace experience will see you graduate with the confidence and comprehensive skills to succeed in a fast-paced, computerized office environment.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two 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

    The demand for qualified bilingual office personnel continues to grow in New Brunswick. And in a province where many sectors are legally required to offer service in both languages, you’ll have an edge. Administrative professionals are required in almost every industry, and you could find yourself working in a law office, healthcare, government department, or private sector business. It’s pretty wide open, and there are plenty of opportunities to specialize in areas such as data entry, file and records management, payroll administration, or personal or executive assistant positions.
    Because administrative professionals often develop a strong understanding of all aspects of how an organization operates, many of them advance to become office managers down the road. And with the growth of work-from-home and virtual connectivity, entrepreneurial-minded individuals find flexible opportunities that suit their lifestyle, working as virtual assistants and freelance administrators.

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    Specific Considerations

    Students will receive assessment results based on language proficiency testing in their final semester. After the completion of first year, students may qualify for Summer Language Bursary programs.

    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.

    Areas of Study

    • French Language Training – Oral and Written
    • Bilingual Office Skills
    • Business Communications
    • Accounting – Manual and Computerized
    • Document Formatting and Word Processing
    • Computer Applications
    • Spreadsheets
    • Records and Database Management
    • Client Service

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

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

    External Certifications

    Administrative Professional: French Second Language Training graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

    Institution: Department of Post-Secondary Education and Training
    External Certification: Linguistic Services
    Information: An Oral Proficiency Evaluation will be administered by Linguistic Services at the end of the second year of the program.

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