PA Certificate

Our PA Certificate course is our shortest PA course and you can study this on line from home. This qualification is accredited by NCFE CQ and is also CPD recognised (Continuous Professional Development).

You have the option of adding on more units later to gain the PA Diploma and/or Executive PA Diploma.

The PA Certificate is suitable for beginners looking to study a short course and wishing to kick start their career.  This short course is also suitable for those with some experience or returning to work and looking to gain recognition for their experience as well as refresh other skills.

Accreditation by NCFE CQ and CPD

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

CQ 10459 PA Certificate (Level 3)

We are an approved NCFE CQ 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 qualification 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 and accreditation.

Course Overview

You will access your course online via our Lewis College Learning Hub at times to suit you – from your computer, tablet or phone on the move or from home.  You can download all the courseware as you progress through each unit to keep for future reference.

Our qualified and experienced tutors will provide personal feedback, demonstration videos for further guidance, worked examples, support and guidance throughout including mentoring.  We teach beyond the qualification and include additional topics that directly benefit you.

Study from as little as 2 hours a week!

The course is open for you to study for up to 12 months giving you plenty of flexibility and “time out” for holidays, illness, moving house etc.

You can study from as little as 2 hours a week, or however many hours you choose, or even full time if you wish to complete the course in less than 1-2 months.  You can study more one week, less the next – flexible and easy to manage your study times to fit in with your lifestyle.

Range of topics

There are 10 different units in this course covering the core range of skills and knowledge required for a typical PA role.  To pass each unit you will complete an office style assessment with some units jointly assessed as they cover multi skills.  Some units are small which you can complete in a few hours with others requiring a bit more thinking and planning.


You will receive certificates issued by NCFE and The CPD Accreditation Group.  These will list the full range of units and the PA Certificate Level 3 identifying the range of knowledge and skills you have achieved.

Free careers advice and support for up to 2 years after completion

We offer free careers advice, interview technique guidance and support whilst applying for jobs both during the course and for up to 2 years after completion.  Over 95% of our students secure a new job or gain promotion whilst studying with us or after they have completed their course.

PA Certificate - Course Content
PowerPoint - Electronic PresentationsAudio Transcription
Outlook - Email and PIMInternet and Web Research
Business MeetingsDiary Management
Complex TablesAdvanced Business Letters
Composing Complex Business DocumentsTouch Typing and Speed Development using our interactive program

You will need Microsoft Office for this section of the course.  Monthly subscription available for Office 365 at £5.99 pm.  Details on request.

Start Dates with Availability

October 2020

6 October - 50% full
13 October
20 October

30% Discount for paying in full ending 4 October 2020

November 2020

3 November
10 November
17 November
24 November

30% Discount for paying in full ending 4 October 2020

December 2020

1 December
8 December

30% Discount for paying in full ending 4 October 2020

Course Fees and Discounts

Course Fees
Pay in Full
SAVE £196.50
Course Fees reduced to £458.50
You can study full time or part time - fast tracking as much as you wish.
You can complete the course in as little as 2-3 months or as soon as you wish.
Pay monthly over 8 months.
The course is spread over the payment plan.
£81.87 per month