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PA Certificate Course

Our home study/distance learning PA Certificate NCFE IIQ is designed to provide you with a shorter course than our Executive PA Diploma course, if you wish to focus on key modules and complete a course more quickly.

You have the option of adding on more modules later to gain the full Diploma – 2-year time limit applies.

The PA Certificate is suitable for beginners as well as those already working as a PA/Secretary/Administrator who are looking to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills and who wish to develop their skills further to boost confidence and increase job opportunities.

PA Certificate

The course has 3 key sections:

•     IT/Computer Skills covering Microsoft Office
•     Administration
•     Professional Business Documents

Optional subject – Shorthand

We liaise with those working in the PA sectors within the business world to ensure the PA Certificate is relevant to the current job role, as well as covering the educational standards required. We are particularly recognised for going the extra mile by training our learners for the workplace and not just to pass the Assessments.

Average salaries for PAs is £31,600 with the top range exceeding £40,000 in the London area (www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/admin-secretarial-pa/pa).

Accreditation - NCFE IIQ

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

IIQ3710 – PA Certificate

We are an approved NCFE IIQ Centre. NCFE is one of the leading vocational awarding bodies in the UK and is also recognised internationally. Level 3 is advanced level and the PA Certificate has been benchmarked using Ofqual’s QCF level descriptors to allow you to consider the depth of study and level of difficulty involved.

Further information about NCFE Awarding Body.

Course Content

IT/Computer Section – 5 Modules

This section of the course will develop your IT skills to an advanced level covering some of the Microsoft Office programs.

Modules include:

•     Word – Word Processing
•     Excel – Spreadsheets and Charts
•     PowerPoint – Electronic Slide Presentations
•     Outlook – Email and PIM
•     Internet research skills

Administration Section – 5 Modules

These modules will develop your ability to manage a range of administrative tasks required in a demanding PA role. You will develop your underpinning knowledge including professional procedures for specific administrative tasks which will require analysis, evaluation and decision-making skills as well.

Modules include:

•     Managing Business Events
•     Managing Business Trips
•     Managing Business Meetings
•     Diary Management
•     Composing Complex Business Documents

Business Documents Section – 5 Modules

This section of the course will develop your skills to produce a range of business documents to a professional standard focusing on production rate and ability to follow instructions, design and layout. You will be applying advanced Word features to streamline production and design of different business documents.

Modules include:

•     Touch typing and speed development – using our interactive program – Speed Exam
•     Advanced business letters
•     Complex tables
•     Audio Transcription
•     Mail Merge

Optional Module

Teeline Shorthand Diploma – 7 Modules

Having shorthand skills will complement your role as a PA and enable you to take down telephone notes, instructions and of course minutes of business meetings. Shorthand skills will provide you with an edge when applying for jobs and this is a well sought-after skill by business and recruitment agencies.

The range of modules you will cover include:

•     Teeline Theory
•     Speed tests from 40 wpm to 70 wpm
•     Business Correspondence Dictation
•     Minutes of Business Meetings

Studying With Us

This is a home study/distance learning course and you can complete the whole course at home including Assessments. There is no need to attend an exam centre or visit Lewis College.

You will have one to one tuition throughout the course, corresponding with your personal tutors through email. We provide optional phone or Skype calls at different stages as you progress through your course.

You will also have a Course Mentor who is there to provide additional support as and when required.

For further details please visit our How We Teach page.

Different Study and Payment Plans

As a guide, if you studied between 5-7 hours per week, you could expect to complete this course within 10 months. However, we have a range of study and payment plans so you can study at a faster pace, or alternatively, you can reduce the weekly hours and study at a slower pace that suits you.

We offer a range of different payment plans to support this flexibility;

• Pay in full – Study as quickly as you wish
• Pay in two halves – study and complete the course within 5 months
• Pay in four payments – complete within 10 months
• Pay by monthly subscription – no finance agreement and you can pause the course for up to 6 months – studying over 15 months
• Modular payment – pay for each module at a pace that suits you
Further details about our range of different study and payment plans are available upon request.

The course is open for 15 months for all students.

Requesting Further Information

Would you like the PA Certificate Prospectus, Course Programme and details of our range of Study and Payment Plans?

Please use the form below or email info@lewiscollege.co.uk. Please add any details about your career so far if you would like some careers advice and guidance.

Tick this box if your course will be funded by a business/your employer

Please also see Special Arrangements for Prospective Students.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss any specific support you may require.

If you are interested in online PA training of some kind, but feel this course is not quite right for you, check out our other available PA Courses.