Applied Business Technology

By , May 5, 2014

Applied Business Technology students are trained for entry-level administrative positions in a variety of businesses or industries. Students specialize in one of three streams: Administrative Assistant, Financial As­sistant or Office Assistant. Each stream includes a practicum placement as part of the program. There are three exit points, depending on the stream chosen. Students utilize Microsoft 2013 software.

The Administrative Assistant program trains students in communications, administrative procedures, accounting, and a wide range of business software packages. The program runs for three semesters, from September to June.

The Financial Assistant program trains students in the use of the most popular software packages currently used in the business world, with a focus on accounting and financial services. The program runs from September to April.

Students in the Office Assistant program train in the use of the current software packages used in the business world, with a focus on written communications and administrative procedures. The program runs from September to February.

Career prospects include: business settings in the public and private sectors such as Administrative Assistant, Financial Office Assistant, Payroll Assistant, Computerized Bookkeeping Assistant, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Receptionist/Switchboard, Office Assistant, Data Entry Clerk, and Records Management Clerk.

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent, from the previous five years, indicating successful completion of:

  • Grade 11 English, or Grade 11 Communications; and Grade 10 Math;
  • Permission of the Dean of the program.

Where is the program offered?

Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, or Fort St. John (starts September)


For more information on Applied Business Technology at Northern Lights College, go to the NLC website:

Administrative Assistant

Financial Assistant

Office Assistant

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