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Professional Executive and Personal Assistant Certification


Take this unique programme to gain the skills and insight to support leaders, managers and organisations from a practical, hands on point of view. There is compelling evidence to show that often an executive personal assistant role can be a stepping stone to other roles within an organisation.  


In some cases, PA’s have gone on to become CEO’s and Managing Directors because they have spent valuable time supporting CEO’s and Directors and have witnessed and learned, first hand, the nuts and bolts of how organisations function at the top level. 


This course was built in conjunction with our partner recruitment agency as they have had experience for many years placing PAs and Executive Secretaries. The curriculum is jam packed with top skills that are relevant and needed in the workplace. We believe there is no other curriculum like this in South Africa as it encompasses all aspects of what is needed to “hit the ground running” and immediately add value to any organisation. 


Features and Benefits  


  • This course is broken up into 3 different certificates: Business and Administration, Professional Executive Essentials, Digital Marketing and Computer Essentials (Social Media, Web and Search Engine Optimization) Certifications.  
  • Get exposure to guest lecturers from relevant external companies and organizations both on campus and online. 
  • Through our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning we deliver our programmes via fflexible study method options including class-based sessions and blended learning for online student.  
  • For online students, we ensure that you are supported by technology and people throughout your academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.  
  • Sign up for our Internship opportunities / Work Integrated Learning opportunity  

Admission Requirements:

  • Students are expected to have passed matric or the equivalent (this requirement can be waived in special circumstances).  
  • Although subject choice will not detract from qualification entry, the subjects Mathematics, Accounting, Business Studies & English are an advantage. 
  • Students should be able to use basic computer applications and thus should have basic computer literacy. If this is not the case proof of training in basic computer literacy will be required in order to be eligible for this course. 

Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 10 months (5 Sessions/Week, 3:00 hours each
    • All hours are achieved via your study duration at the institute and project-based assignments. 


    • Online = 10 Months (Online live Q&A classes, once/week, 17:00 - 18:00) 
    • Hours are obtained through a combination of live virtual Q&A sessions, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
  • Career Options

    • Professional Executive
    • Executive Assistant
    • Personal Assistant
    • Office Manager
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain: 


    • Free WIFI (10GB/Month, On Campus only). 
    • Electronic study guides for online students. 
    • A prescribed textbook list and a recommended reading list will be issued to face to face students. 
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, and Getting Started Guide. 
    • Access to our myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets. 

What you get

  • Professional Executive and Personal Assistant Certificate 
  • Business and Administration certificate 
  • Professional Executive Essentials certification 
  • Digital Marketing, and Computer Essentials certificate 
  • Project Management Certificate (PMI, Project Management International)


* Please note that external modules may change in wording and institution based on availability
and relevance of the module.  

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a personal assistant. 

Business and Administration certificate:

  • Business Communication
  • Meetings and minutes
  • Office Administration, Systems and etiquette
  • Health and Safety Essentials
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Sage One Accounting
  • Sage One Payroll
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management   



Professional Executive Essentials certificate:

  • Event Management
  • Travel Administration
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Internship / Work Integrated Learning              



Digital Marketing, and Computer Essentials certificate:

  • Microsoft Office Beginner and Intermediate (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Digital Marketing (Social Media for Business, SEO and Social Media aps) 


    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.
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