Administrative Professional: Executive

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnJanuary 2025 (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.

Important Note:

The Winter (January) intake for Administrative Professional: Executive is an accelerated delivery, where students continue to be engaged in full-time study for four (4) consecutive 15-week terms (Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter).


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two (2) 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 Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) 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.

    Areas of Study

    • Executive Office Management
    • Presentation and Event Planning
    • Advanced Business Communications
    • Human Resources and Supervision
    • Project Management
    • Social Media
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
    • Integrated Software and Computer Applications
    • Database and Advanced Records Management
    • Client Service
    • Accounting – Manual and Computerized
    • Document Formatting and Word Processing
    • Spreadsheets

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to build on the skills needed to write clear and concise sentences and paragraphs. Focus is placed on applying the parts of speech, grammar, sentence patterns, sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, and capitalization. Emphasis is also placed on writing for specific audiences, using various styles to achieve a purpose, and applying the stages of the writing process.

    This course is designed to develop a structured approach to writing business messages. Focus is placed on applying the stages of the writing process (prewriting, writing, and revising) for emails, memos, letters, and other business messages and documents.


    • COMM1276A

    This course is designed to build on Business Writing I by developing refined writing skills for business documents such as letters, emails, reports, and proposals. Emphasis is placed on formatting and writing strategies for business correspondence, including research and organization of business documents.


    • COMM1277A

    This course is designed to examine fundamental concepts and principles of business ethics. Focus is placed on how ethics impact decision-making in a business environment.

    ​This course is designed to develop the knowledge required to record financial transactions for the complete accounting cycle. Focus is placed on bookkeeping for the service industry.

    This course is designed to introduce the essential components of event and conference management.  Emphasis is placed on the execution of an event or conference following the full event planning cycle from pre-planning through to after-service and evaluation. 

    This course is designed to introduce human resource management and leadership principles. Emphasis is placed on supervisory skill development, strategies for motivating employees, professional development plans, and examining the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    This course is designed to develop arithmetic and algebraic skills needed to perform business-related math calculations. Focus is placed on analyzing business and financial problems, determining what calculations need to be performed, and completing the necessary calculations. Calculations include sales tax, discounts, and simple interest.

    This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills to effectively support a wide variety of office operations. Focus is placed on practicing telephone techniques, managing schedules, and planning, documenting, and executing meetings. Learners explore methods and techniques for providing quality client service and demonstrate professionalism in a business environment.


    • COMM1276A
    • SAAL1866A

    This course is designed to provide an overview of the office management skills required for an administrative professional executive position. Emphasis is placed on coordinating operational activities, writing proposals, and delivering training sessions. The impact of organizational behavior on individuals and teams is also discussed and leadership and volunteer opportunities are explored. 


    • SAAL1867A

    This course is designed to allow the learner to work independently in an industry setting related to their field of study. Learners are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host. The duration of this practicum is six (6) weeks. 

    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 is designed to develop interpersonal communication skills required by administrative professionals. Focus is placed on self-awareness, motivation, time management, team participation, and problem-solving skills in the workplace.

    This course is designed to develop job search techniques, create job search documents, and enhance interviewing and networking skills.  Learners also examine employment standards and rights.


    • COMM1276A
    • SAAL1866A

    This course is designed to develop the skills required to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate a project using project management software. Emphasis is placed on using project management principles, techniques, and quality control to meet all project requirements.

    This course is designed to apply procedures for the management of hard copy and electronic records. Focus is placed on the application of international filing rules and best practices for handling incoming and outgoing mail. Additional emphasis includes database concepts, managing records, creating tables, performing queries, and making simple forms and reports.

    This course is designed to introduce computerized accounting software.  Focus is placed on maintaining accounting records for small and medium sized businesses by managing general, payable, receivable, and payroll transactions and adjustments.  Other topics include producing accounting reports and financial statements.


      This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of computer applications and file management for an office environment. Focus is placed on software features and functions for email scheduling, calendar management, collaboration, and time and task management. Further emphasis is placed on presentation software and online tools.

      This course is designed to develop accurate touch-typing techniques and document formatting skills. Emphasis is placed on efficient and accurate keyboarding skills, features and functions of word processing software, common Canadian business documents, and producing appropriately formatted professional documents using word processing software.

      This course is designed to build on previously acquired skills of document formatting and keyboarding.  Focus is placed on developing the advanced formatting and word processing skills used to produce professional business documents. Learners continue to develop keyboarding speed and accuracy.


      • SAAL1866A

      This course is designed to introduce basic spreadsheet concepts. Focus is placed on creating, editing, formatting, saving, moving, copying, and calculating data using spreadsheet software. Course topics include summarizing data using formulas and functions as well as presenting results visually using various chart types.

      This course is designed to develop advanced spreadsheet skills. Focus is placed on the creation and management of tables and charts, the manipulation of multiple worksheets and workbooks, as well as advanced, logical, lookups, nested IFs, and conditional functions.


      • SAAL1870A

      This course is designed to introduce internal and external communication strategies using graphics and social media. The role administrative professionals play in the creation and implementation of a social media strategy is examined. Emphasis is placed on using graphics and video software to create social media calendars, posts, and other marketing assets.


      • COMM1276A

      This course is designed to integrate multiple software applications to complete projects. Emphasis is placed on selecting appropriate office software and sharing data between spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation software.


      • RMGD1105A
      • SAAL1870A
      • SAAL1866A

      This course is designed to demonstrate practical and theoretical skills developed in previous courses within a simulated office environment.


      • COMM1277A
      • SAAL1867A
      • RMGD1105A
      • SAAL1870A
      • OMGB1025A

      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 is designed to introduce the fundamentals of delivering an effective presentation in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on preparing and delivering a variety of virtual and in-person presentations using appropriate software, tools, and techniques.


      • COMM1276A

      NOC Codes

      12100 - Executive assistants
      13100 - Administrative officers
      13102 - Payroll administrators
      13110 - Administrative assistants
      14100 - General office support workers
      14111 - Data entry clerks

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