Administrative Professional: French Second Language Training

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Fredericton September 2022 (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

    Profile A

  • 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.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    To produce accurate and effective written documents, fundamental writing skills must be applied. This course examines the writing process and focuses on mechanics and structure of written communication.

    In this course, students will be introduced to the basic formats and principles of business communications. It will examine audience, purpose and message and its impact on style and tone.

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    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.

    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 is designed to teach students foundational grammar rules and structures using primarily present and imperative tenses. It builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in the course LANG1105: Introduction to French.



    • LANG1105C

    This course is designed to teach students grammatical rules and structures using primarily past tenses. It builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in the course LANG1035: French Grammar - Present and Imperative Tenses. Students continue to expand their range of vocabulary, verbs, and verb conjugation.



    • LANG1035

    This course is designed to teach students grammatical rules and structures using primarily future and conditional tenses. It builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in the course LANG1037: French Grammar – Past Tenses. Students continue to expand their range of vocabulary, verbs, and verb conjugation.



    • LANG1037E

    This course is designed to provide students with the language skill necessary to converse with service staff and to provide detailed directions and descriptions.


    • LANG1389

    This course will allow the learner to understand, speak, read, and write more complex functions of the French language, including the subjunctive, the passive voice, and indirect speech.


    • LANG1039E

    This course is designed to give students the oral French skill required to discuss problems and express opinions.


    • LANG1040

    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.

    The student will practice elementary dialogue related to an office setting. Office related vocabulary will be stressed relating to documents, appointments, reservations and responses to typical inquiries.


    • LANG1042

    This course is designed to give students skills in conversational French. Students learn to participate in conversations and to give and receive more detailed information.


    • LANG1105C

    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 allow the student to complement academic studies with related work experience. It is a four to six week practicum (depending on the program option, delivering campus, and/or host availability).  Students are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host.

    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 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.


      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 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.


        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.

        This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to increase speed and accuracy with the input and formatting of information in written French documents.


        • SAAL1215G

        This course is designed to build on the skills acquired in Traitement I allowing students to build skill in the preparation of various documents in French


        • SECR1029

        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 give students the necessary skill required to prepare a report and presentation in French.


        • LANG1041D
        • LANG1106

        NOC Codes

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

        Articulation Agreements

        Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
        Articulation Period:
        Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
        NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


        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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