Office Administration - Executive

Program: OFAE
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022
Location: Barrie (Fall, Winter), Owen Sound (Fall)


Students focus their learning on acquiring knowledge and skills in administrative-based courses by the use of diverse technology to be able to effectively perform in an executive environment. Students have the opportunity to develop supervisory, leadership, and training skills.

Students in all Office Administration streams enroll in a common first semester. As they gain experience and background, they have course selection options to complement prescribed office administration curriculum and further their interests, skills, and career goals.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates of this program are well qualified for a variety of challenging careers and may gain employment in government, education, corporations (all-sizes), entertainment, telecommunications, manufacturing, banking, and numerous professional services. Graduates may hold positions as administrative, executive or research assistants, customer service representatives, information processing specialists, and software applications specialists, with career paths leading to supervisory or office management roles.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. conduct oneself professionally and adhere to relevant legislation, standards and codes of ethics;
  2. manage the scheduling, coordination and organization of administrative tasks and workflow within specific deadlines and according to set priorities;
  3. coordinate the collection, analysis, distribution and response to communications in the workplace to facilitate the flow of information;
  4. operate and provide support related to the use, maintenance and procurement of office equipment and technologies;
  5. evaluate, establish and administer a variety of records management systems to ensure confidential, secure, accessible and organized electronic and paper records;
  6. produce financial documents and reports by identifying and compiling relevant information and using accounting software;
  7. prepare and produce a variety of business documents using available technologies and applying industry standards;
  8. use interpersonal, leadership and client service skills to respond to diversity and to support the vision and mission of the organization;
  9. research, analyze and summarize information on resources and services and prepare summary reports with recommendation;
  10. select and use information technologies to support communication with internal and external stakeholders and to promote the organization;
  11. organize and coordinate meetings, conferences, special events and make travel arrangements, including the preparation of related documentation;
  12. support the implementation of projects by applying basic principles of project management;
  13. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies, employing critical thinking and ethics within the Office Administration field;
  14. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the industry.

Program Progression 

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake - Barrie, Owen Sound

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Sem 4: Winter 2023

Winter Intake - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Winter 2022
  • Sem 2: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Sem 4: Winter 2023


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

17 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Program Option Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
COMP 1012 Introduction to Business Documentation 42
COMP 1048 Introduction to Keyboarding 42
OFAD 1001 Office Procedures and Strategies 42
OFAD 1007 Computer Applications 1 for the Office 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1013 Advanced Business Documentation 42
MATH 1034 Office Math Applications 42
OFAD 1003 Multi-Media Language Processing 42
OFAD 1020 Computer Applications 2 for the Office 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
COMP 2026 Integrated Office Simulations 42
COMP 2100 Social Media and Web Management 42
OFAD 2014 Bookkeeping for the Office Professional 42
OFAD 2018 Project Management for the Office Professional 42
OFAD 2019 Executive Office Procedures 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
COMP 2027 Computerized Administrative Simulations 42
OFAD 2015 Administrative Support and Records Management 42
OFAD 2020 Executive Office Management 42
OFAD 2021 Financial Management for the Executive Assistant 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1008
Program options may include:
ACCT 1003Finance and Management Accounting
ADVE 1000Foundations of Advertising
ADVE 2004Public Relations
BUSI 1000New Business Development
BUSI 1001Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
BUSI 1002Consumer Behaviour
BUSI 1011Professional Business Practices
BUSI 2024International Experience
COMP 1002HTML, CSS, and JS Fundamentals
COMP 2003Relational Database
COMP 2093Macintosh and Design Basics
ECON 1000Microeconomics
ECON 2000Macroeconomics
ENTR 1000Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 1001Student Teams for Entrepreneurship Projects
ENTR 1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENTR 2009Entrepreneurship and Small Business
HURM 1000Human Resources Management Foundations
HURM 1001Occupational Health and Safety
HURM 1002Labour Relations
HURM 1003Labour Economics
HURM 1004Compensation
HURM 1005Human Resources Planning
HURM 1007Recruitment and Selection
LAWS 2000Business Law
MGMT 1000Retail Management
MGMT 2000Production and Operations Management
MGMT 2001Principles of Management
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
MKTG 2004Introduction to Logistics
MKTG 2033Professional Edge
OFAD 1004Introduction to Legal Office Administration
OFAD 1006Introduction to Medical Terminology
STAT 2000Statistics 1
STAT 2001Statistics 2

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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