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Want to advance your secretarial and administrative skills and unlock new career opportunities? Take the next step in your professional development with our online executive secretarial and personal assistant (PA) course.

Developed in conjunction with senior industry representatives, our executive secretarial and PA course will help you to hone the skills you need to thrive in this competitive field.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our executive secretarial course online, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Administer Projects
    • Plan project administration
    • Coordinate project administration
    • Finalise and review project administration
    2Implement Workplace Information Systems
    • Identify and source information needs
    • Collect, analyse and report information
    • Implement information systems
    • Prepare for information system changes
    3Write Complex Documents
    • Plan and write letters and documents
    • Draft text
    • Prepare final text
    • Produce document
    4Workplace Occupational Health and Safety
    • Workplace safety and ergonomics
    5Communicate Effectively (Telephone and Face to Face)
    • Body language
    • Building self confidence
    • Personal qualities to develop
    • Telephone skills, gaining information and closing calls.
    6Word Processing (MS Word)
    • Managing Your Documents
    • Using Formatting Tools
    • Using Time Saving Tools
    7Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
    • Prepare and develop a spreadsheet
    • Working with Functions and Formulas
    • Managing Tables
    • Enhancing your Workbook
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our PA courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career as an executive secretary or PA
    • Study remotely, saving time and money
    • Have access to a personal tutor for the duration of your course
    • Set your own timetable, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments
    • Study a learning programme that has been developed in conjunction with senior administrative professionals
    • Pay upfront to save 10% on your course fee, or take advantage of our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Experience the benefits for yourself by enrolling on our executive secretarial and PA course today!

  • Career Prospects

    Executive secretaries and PAs are an essential part of any management team. They perform a variety of functions that are integral to the running of both private and public sector organisations.

    Studying an ICI PA course will prepare you for roles in a wide range of companies in all industries, and we find that many of our graduates move into management positions in the years after completing their learning programmes.

    Recent graduates have found employment in areas including:


    • Banking and finance
    • Advertising, marketing and public relations
    • Fashion and retail
    • Entertainment
    • Travel and leisure
    • Law
    • Health
    • Government
    • Sports
    • Real estate
    • Publishing

    Our extensive training course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to gain employment in roles such as:

    • Personal assistant
    • Executive assistant
    • Executive secretary
    • Administration assistant
    • Receptionist
    • Office Manager
    • Bookkeeping Assistant
  • Course Levels Explained


    Our PA and executive secretarial course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our executive secretarial and PA course.

    So, if you want to advance your career in this dynamic and rewarding profession, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within 24 weeks.

    One of the advantages of taking our executive secretarial and PA course online is that you dictate the pace at which you learn. You can work through the course material and take the assessments according to your own timetable, putting you in complete control.

    If you wish to graduate as quickly as possible, you can complete the course in a matter of months. Alternatively, you can take significantly longer. We allow students up to three years to finish our PA course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our executive secretarial and PA course is carried out entirely online via distance learning. Also called correspondence learning, this approach offers you total flexibility and convenience. You can study at a time and place that suits you, anywhere in the world. With no need to travel to attend classes in person, you will save time and money. This freedom makes it easy to fit your studies around existing professional or personal commitments.

    Like all ICI business courses, our executive secretarial and PA course has been created to be highly practical and engaging, making it easy to maintain your focus throughout. You will also have access to a personal tutor for the duration of the learning programme, who will answer any questions you have and provide guidance.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Taking you far beyond the theory of secretarial and administrative work, the course takes a ‘hands on’ approach that will provide you with the key practical skills you need to gain a competitive advantage in this profession.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a secretary or PA? This course is for you. It will allow you to build on your knowledge and skills, making it easier to gain promotions and achieve other professional objectives.

    Note that course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our executive secretarial and PA course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications as an executive secretary
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

SAVE 10%
One off payment
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Weekly Instalment Plan
€28 x 32 weeks
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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a PA – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.