Administrative and Executive Assistant
Certificate Program

Administrative and Executive Assistant

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Jennifer Cass, Administrative and Executive Assistant Alumna

"What I once looked at as my job, I now see as a career."
Jennifer Cass, Administrative and Executive Assistant Alumna

Program Description

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Tailored instruction for the career professional. The San Francisco Bay Area’s only UC-approved program for administrative and executive assistants provides tailored instruction and mentoring from the regions’ top executive assistants who have shaped the industry. Learn to increase your productivity and effectiveness, Improve your ability to organize and prioritize, Expand your network and build alliances, self-confidence, and respect. Our program prepares you to communicate business needs, manage multiple projects, master the technology, and multiply your impact at work.

Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program objectives:

  • Plan and lead effective meetings
  • Manage complex projects
  • Analyze and evaluate financial statements
  • Communicate business needs in writing and presentations
  • Collaborate with diverse teams

Total Required: 8–10 courses/14.5 units. Take 5 core courses (9 units) and 3–5 elective credit courses (5.5 units). End with certificate of completion review.

Time Commitment: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.

Estimated Cost: $ 5,500

F1 Students: [Costs for F-1 students]

Courses

Total Required: 8–10 courses/14.5 units. Take 5 core courses (9 units) and 3–5 elective credit courses (5.5 units). End with certificate of completion review.

Required Courses

Spring Classroom
Fall Classroom
Spring Classroom
Fall Classroom
Winter Online
Spring Classroom
Summer Classroom

Elective Courses

Units: 2.0 BUSM.X404
Winter Classroom
Summer Classroom
Units: 2.5 BUSM.X406
Fall Online
Spring Online
Units: 2.5 BUSM.X407
Summer Online
Units: 1.5 PPMT.X403
Fall Classroom
Winter Online
Spring Classroom
Summer Online
Fall Classroom
Spring Classroom
Units: 2.0 INDE.X401
Winter Classroom
Summer Online
Units: 2.0 HRMT.X406
Fall Classroom
Winter Classroom
Units: 0.5 HRMT.X412
Winter Online
Summer Online
Fall Classroom
Winter Classroom
Spring Classroom
Summer Classroom
Winter Classroom
Summer Classroom
Units: 1.5 PPMT.X400
Fall Classroom Online
Winter Classroom Online
Spring Classroom Online
Summer Classroom Online
Winter Classroom
Fall Classroom
Winter Classroom
Summer Classroom

Required Certificate Review

Fall Online
Winter Online
Spring Online
Summer Online

Requisite Knowledge

There are no prerequisites for the core courses, but please review elective course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Program Chair

Bonnie Savage and Sherry Parsons, co-chair the Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program.

BONNIE SAVAGE, program co-chair, is a founding board member of the Extension Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program with more than 25 years' experience as a senior executive assistant in the high tech industry. She supports the president of the Life Sciences Segment at BD a global medical technology company. As leader of administrative teams, she has the talent and ability to organize and set up C-suite offices for CEOs and executives and provides resources and insight to improve overall company efficiency and teamwork. Previously, she supported the CEO of Avaya. She has held similar positions at Agilent Technologies, Avaya, JDSU Corp., Aspect Communications, Beyond.com and Skystream Corp., and early-stage e-commerce and internet companies. Bonnie is a member of the Silicon Valley Catalyst Association, a group of executive assistants to Silicon Valley CEOs, and has been program chair for UCSC Extension since 2007.

AND

SHERRY PARSONS, B.S.B.M., program co-chair, is a founding board member of the Extension Administrative and Executive Assistant certificate program. She has more than 30 years' experience in the administrative field, including working as an executive assistant to several top executives—CEO, CCO, GM, and SVP—in Silicon Valley. Positions include executive assistant at Cisco, Avaya, Earthbound Farm, Network General, and Aspect Communications. A speaker at industry events, Sherry has served as an advisory board member for the Hilton Santa Clara and the Silicon Valley Admin Awards. In 2018, Sherry received the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence at Silicon Valley Admin Awards. She has taught at Extension since 2006.

Advisory Board

  • Bonnie Savage, Senior Executive Assistant, Becton, Dickinson and Company
  • Debbie Gross, Trainer and Coach for Administrative Excellence
  • Sherry Parsons, Executive Assistant, Cisco

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You are invited to declare candidacy in your certificate program as soon as possible so you can lock in the curriculum requirements and not be impacted by any subsequent program changes. Once you’ve declared, you have three years to complete the program.

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