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PA Certificate Course

Our home study/distance learning, fully supported PA Certificate accredited by 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.

Career Salaries

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).

Requesting further information

If you would like to have more detailed information sent from our Course and Careers Adviser you can request:

  • Course Prospectus
  • Course Programme
  • Current Course Fees and Discounts
  • Different study and payment options to suit different budgets
  • Start dates with availability
  • Advice and guidance as you think through your options and if you would like to study with us.

See the Enquiry Form to the left or at the bottom of the page.

If you do decide to enrol after receiving the above information, please email to confirm the course you would like to study, start date and payment/study plan you wish to have.  We shall then send you the relevant enrolment form.

Studying and Course length

This is a home study/distance learning course with personal tutor support throughout providing guidance, feedback, individually marked work – similar to a classroom based course but without the need to attend any classes!

You will communicate with your tutors directly through email as well as pre-booked Skype or telephone meetings if requested.

You can study as and when you wish – there are no set time frames to complete your work within other than the overall course time frame.  Some weeks you may wish to study more and then less the following week.  All very flexible!

You have the choice of studying intensively/fast track (6-8 months), at a regular pace (10-12 months) or a slow pace (12-15 months) to suit your budget, lifestyle and other commitments.

Accreditation – NCFE IIQ

This course is a fully accredited course and upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

IIQ3710 – PA Certificate (Level 3) accredited by NCFE IIQ

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 and accreditation.

Course Content

IT/Computer Section – 5 Modules – Microsoft Office

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

Administration Section – 5 Modules

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

Business Documents Section – 5 Modules

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

Teeline Shorthand Diploma – 7 Modules – OPTIONAL ADD ON

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

Requesting Further Information

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.