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Executive Assistant Diploma

Location(s): Online

The Executive Assistant Diploma is designed for graduates of Administrative Assistant Certificate programs who want to develop their career opportunities and educational qualifications. Diploma graduates will be prepared to seek opportunities as office managers or as assistants to senior executives. Diploma graduates will also have the opportunity to ladder their coursework into business degree programs at Thompson Rivers University. All courses required for NLC’s Executive Assistant Diploma are available online, on a part-time basis. Face-to-face and video-conference delivery is available at designated NLC campuses, on a part-time or full-time basis depending on location.

Career Prospects

Program graduates may seek opportunities as office managers or as assistants to senior executives. Program graduates will also be well-prepared to write the accreditation exams for the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) or the Organizational Management (OM) designation programs.




30 credits (450 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over two semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer. Students in this program select course loads and course schedules that fit their needs and course availability. Registration is completed semester-by-semester. 

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 3,581.40$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 3,731.16

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 11,580.00$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 828.00$ 12,557.76

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Admission Requirements

Important Notes

  1. This program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit Student Aid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Student must provide a finanical calculator. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. Transfer agreements allow:
    1. Course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.
    2. Courses transfer to professional associations such as the Certified General Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, Chartered Accountants, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, Canadian Bankers Institute, and others. Students are responsible for confirming transferability of course credits to any external organization.
    3. Graduates to receive 30 credits towards Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce degrees provided GPA requirements are met.  Students who completed NLC’s Applied Business Technology (Administrative Assistant) Certificate will be granted an additional 15 credits.  Note that students who have completed 10-month Applied Business Technology programs elsewhere must confirm transfer credit with TRU.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement70% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); D grade (50%) minimum in all courses

Required Courses:

Core courses taken by all diploma students:


Diploma in Executive Assistant