Office Administration

office assistant on phone at desk

Be prepared for work in today’s challenging, automated office spaces. 

Build skills in communications, administrative procedures, computer applications and accounting, and gain practical experience working in a real-world office.

Program description

Office Administration is a full-time program that prepares graduates for positions in the office administration field.

There are two certificates: Accounting Clerk certificate (offered at Ayamdigut Campus) and Administrative Assistant certificate (offered via Distance Learning or at Ayamdigut Campus), that provide specialized training for accounting and administrative assistant positions respectively. Extensive training in communications, administrative procedures, computer applications and accounting prepares graduates for employment in today’s automated office. Hands-on learning is emphasized.

Students will work (through a field placement) in a local business or government office for one month during the program. Student learning is assisted through lectures, class discussions, group work, assignments, lab sessions and fieldwork.

Admission requirements
  • Math 10 (min. 65%) and English 10 (min. 65%)
Other requirements

A typing speed of 25 net w.p.m is recommended.

Distance learning

All courses in the Administrative Assistant stream of the Office Administration program are available through Distance Learning using web-conferencing or online courses.  Students may participate in classes from home, any of our Yukon University campuses, or other off-campus locations.

Learning Online 

Potential Experiences in the Office Administration Certificate Program 

If you are considering taking the Office Administration Certificate Program via distance, there are things you should know and consider before applying.  

All courses in the Office Administration Certificate program are offered via distance technologies. Distance courses are offered in two distinct ways: online courses, and web-conferenced courses. Online courses have no set class times, with lectures being pre-recorded and learning activities and assignments pre-arranged. Web-conferenced courses allow you to participate in a live, face-to-face class, and will have predetermined class times. Both provide engaging learning opportunities, but both require certain technologies, infrastructure, and supports to be effective. 

To successfully participate in the Office Administration Certificate via distance, you’ll need – at minimum – the following: 

  • A Windows-based PC that is less than five years old.  
  • A webcam (built-in or external), speakers or headphones, and a microphone 
  • A computer with installed and up-to-date internet browsers and installed web-conferencing software (free). You’ll need a current operating system: we recommend Windows 10 
  • If you have a laptop, you will need a separate mouse and keyboard with numeric keypad 
  • A fast, wired, broadband internet connection
    • The minimum bandwidth for web-conferencing software is 1Mbps upload and 4Mbps download. Check with your internet provider to confirm you have sufficient internet speeds. Double-check your internet speed online (, etc.) 
  • A high internet usage cap. Ensure you have sufficient data usage if you have a cap on your internet plan. A single 1.5-hour class may use between 1GB and 2.25GB (exact usage may vary). Students are encouraged to carefully monitor their usage to avoid expensive overages 
  • If you are registered in Business Math 100 (online) you will also be required to purchase a business calculator that has the capacity to print 

If you have access to all of the above, great! You should be able to participate in both online and web-conferenced classes successfully.

If you do not have access to all of the above, we do not recommend joining the program via distance without first speaking to a program advisor. There may be alternatives that we can arrange, but they may impact or limit your experiences within the program. We’ll need to discuss what we can make work for your situation. 

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Career opportunities

The Office Administration program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce as accounting clerks and administrative assistants in both the private and public sectors.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Program Pre-Requisite

Title Campus Scheduled
TUTR CE01 - Distance Learner Success Online/Video