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How Much Does Administrative Assistant Training Cost?

 
average costOnline Diploma/Certificate Program: $1,000-$3,000high costExtensive Administrative Training: $12,000-$25,000
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Administrative assistants are the grease that makes offices run smoothly. Administrative assistants handle all basic day-to-day operations of an office including filing, answering multiple phone lines, maintaining databases of clients, and writing general correspondence. Typically, administrative assistant have high school diplomas or GED in addition to secretarial training from technical or vocational schools.

Typical costs:

  • Prospective administrative assistants can earn diplomas and certificates online for $1,000-$3,000 total. Most programs take less than six months to complete. For example, Online Career Training (formerly the Gatlin Institute) offers a variety of administrative assistant training programs including Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2007 Training[1] for $1,995 and administrative dental assistant[2] for $1,595.
  • Some online schools offer more extensive administrative training with specialized courses in business administration that cost $12,000-$25,000. Minnesota School of Business Online costs $19,140 for a nine-month training course that covers accounting principles and business practices. Textbooks and technology fees cost extra -- typically $250-$800 per quarter.
  • Prospective administrative assistants can also attend classes in person. Community colleges and technical schools offer in-person training for administrative assistants for $1,000-$12,000 depending on a student's residency status. Community College of Philadelphia[3] offers an office clerk proficiency certificate program for $1,152-$1,536, with the difference in price depending on whether the student needs a keyboarding course.
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What should be included:
  • Coursework should include learning basic computer operating systems and software for word processing, spreadsheets, database management and Internet browsing. Training should include basic math and business concepts. Training programs should also cover English and business writing techniques as well as effective communication skills. Education Portal outlines career information and requirements[4] .
  • The International Association of Administrative Professionals[5] provides information on education and certification for administrative assistants.
  • The Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals offers a list of recommended classes[6] for office personnel.
Additional costs:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist certification[7] is available through Microsoft for $125.
  • Textbook, software and technology fees may not be included in tuition. Textbooks, depending on coursework, typically cost $200-$750 per quarter of study.
Discounts:
  • For degree-based programs, such as those at junior or community colleges, financial aid is available to qualified students. Students can apply for federal financial aid[8] online.
  • Fastweb, an online scholarship and grant finder, offers information on administrative assistant scholarships, including a scholarship for Minnesota West Community and Technical College[9] .
  • Allied Schools[10] offers a $100 discount for students who pay tuition in full at the time of enrollment.
  • Microsoft offers free training courses in each of its products.
  • The American Society of Administrative Professionals offers free membership[11] which allows access to online training and webinars.
Shopping for administrative assistant training:
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics[12] provides information on expected wages and job prospects for trained administrative assitants.
  • The College Board handbook[13] , revised every year, is a good place to start when looking for schools. The book, which costs $30, lists 3,800 accredited colleges, universities and technical schools.
  • The Department of Education provides tips for finding a school[14] and the College Navigator[15] to help prospective students find the right school.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.gatlineducation.com/administrative_professional_training.html
  2.  www.gatlineducation.com/dentalassistant.htm
  3.  www.ccp.edu/site/academic/catalog/degrees/office-clerk_prof-certificate.php
  4.  education-portal.com/certified_administrative_assistant.html
  5.  www.iaap-hq.org/
  6.  www.theaeap.com/education.aspx
  7.  www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification-exams.aspx
  8.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/#
  9.  www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships
  10.  www.alliedschools.com/bc_admin_assist-prices.shtml
  11.  /www.asaporg.com/Membership.aspx?mode=register&refurl=content.aspx?id=4294996943
  12.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/Secretaries-and-administrative-assist...
  13.  /store.collegeboard.org/sto/productdetail.do?Itemkey=009676
  14.  www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/consumerinfo/finding.html
  15.  nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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