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PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office Professional

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Program Description

Open the door to a fast-paced office career with the one-year Office Professional certificate. Learn to communicate in an office setting, understand common office procedures and use technology to organize business information. You practice collaboration and teamwork to complete a variety of business tasks.

You can graduate with several Microsoft Office certifications, demonstrating your essential skills in word processing, spreadsheet, email and presentation software. When you graduate, you can launch your office professional career or apply to the second year of SAIT’s Administrative Information Management diploma.

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates are well prepared to take on entry-level administrative roles such as administrative assistant, office assistant, office administrator, mail and message distribution clerk and more - in a variety of organizations and industries.

Student Success

To achieve success in this program, students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in class
  • Spend approximately six hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be familiar with the use of a Windows-based computer and have basic skills in Microsoft Office
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Become familiar with and adhere to SAIT’s academic policies

Also, students who are engaged and take advantage of SAIT services and resources usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a one year SAIT Office Professional certificate.

Professional Designations and Certifications

Students have the opportunity to write up to four Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams in this program:

  • Word 2013 Specialist
  • Excel 2013 Specialist
  • PowerPoint 2013 Specialist
  • Outlook 2013 Specialist

Additional certifications can be earned in the second year of the Administrative Information Management diploma


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Math 10C or Math 20-3, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 30

Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate collaborative teamwork.

2. Demonstrate basic communication skills.

3. Provide basic client service.

4. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

5. Input, store, and retain information.

6. Format business reports.

7. Use emerging technology.

8. Execute a variety of daily tasks and business activities.


SAIT Graduate Outcomes

A. Safety - Awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace

  1. Safety awareness

B. Responsible Leadership - Personal, ethical and respectful behavior within the workplace and global community

  1. Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  2. Self-Initiative
  3. Ethical reasoning and action
  4. Global awareness
  5. Sustainability

C. Communication - The exchange of information in a professional and effective manner

  1. Language skills
  2. Interpersonal skills

D. Information Literacy - The strategies used to become informed from recognizing an information need, to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically

  1. Problem solving and/or Critical thinking
  2. Quantitative literacy
  3. Technological literacy

E. Technical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Technical competence specific to the discipline or industry

  1. Specialized, technical skill set

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