Continuing & Professional Education

Certified Administrative Professional

Earn a Designation

Courses for everyone 16

The des­ig­na­tion is award­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Admin­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­als (AAP)

Keep­ing skills up to date with cur­rent trends is vital to any role. More and more often, admin­is­tra­tive assis­tants are being rec­og­nized as key team mem­bers and as such, employ­ers are look­ing for a high­er lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. The Cana­di­an Cer­ti­fied Admin­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­al (CCAP) des­ig­na­tion is a bench­mark of excel­lence for the advanced admin­is­tra­tive professional.

The des­ig­na­tion is award­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Admin­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­als (AAP), a nation­al asso­ci­a­tion whose main pur­pose is to encour­age peo­ple in the busi­ness world to con­tin­u­ous­ly upgrade their pro­fes­sion­al­ism through con­tin­u­ing education.

The CCAP pro­gram will pro­vide you with valu­able back­ground in gen­er­al busi­ness edu­ca­tion, assist you in under­stand­ing cor­po­rate ini­tia­tives, advance your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, and pre­pare you for future office demands and innovations.

The Cana­di­an Cer­ti­fied Admin­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­al (CCAP) is a pro­gram for office pro­fes­sion­als inter­est­ed in meet­ing the chal­lenges of today’s demand­ing work­force. Through a series of uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el busi­ness cours­es, you are pro­vid­ed with an up-to-date knowl­edge of busi­ness prac­tices, essen­tial skills, and career-build­ing exper­tise, along with a cre­den­tial wide­ly rec­og­nized in the pro­fes­sion­al office environment.


The CCAP designation certifies that you are up to the standards required to practice your profession. The designation is recognized in the professional environment and can lead to greater challenges, opportunities, and financial remuneration.

The CCAP designation showcases the value of the courses you’ve taken, the administrative excellence and core work competencies you have demonstrated, and your commitment to lifelong learning.

Employers recognize the value of hiring an employee with a professional designation. They also recognize individuals who have worked to complete a personal goal and fully support those who constantly upgrade their skills.

Additional credential opportunity in Management Development Certificate – can receive course equivalencies toward both

The CCAP program is comprised of seven AAP courses (or 8 equivalent Online and Continuing Education courses) that must be successfully completed so you can apply for the designation. As a university accredited by the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), UAlberta offers all courses needed to fulfill the designation’s educational requirements.

AAP course titles are not exact matches for university course titles. The chart below lists course titles as they appear on AAP’s website (left hand column), followed by the corresponding UAlberta course titles as they relate to the CCAP designation requirements (right-hand column).

The CCAP designation also carries an experience requirement—please consult AAP’s website for more information on non-educational components of the program.

Core courses – complete all 4 equivalent Online and Continuing Education courses
Business Englishcomplete both:
Grammar for Effective Writing (EXGEN 3797)
Writing Skills: Improving Style and Clarity (EXGEN 3112)
Organizational BehaviourOrganizational Behaviour (EXMGT 5587)
Supervision/Management StudiesIntroduction to Management (EXMGT 5577)

Elective courses – select Online and Continuing Education equivalent of 4 AAP courses
Business or Commercial LawCommercial Law (EXMGT 5566)
Financial AccountingFinancial Management and Budgeting (EXMGT 5515)
Human Resources ManagementHuman Resources Foundations (EXMGT 5596)
MarketingMarketing (EXMGT 5584)

Project Management

complete all 3:
Project Management Essentials (EXMGT 5427)
Project Management: Risk and Resourcing (EXMGT 5443)
Project Management: From Communication to Closure (EXMGT 5444)
Social Media

complete both:
Fundamentals of Social Media (EXSM 5510)
Effective Social Media Communication (EXSM 3988)

Business Analytics for Managers (EXMGT 5447)
Addi­tion­al Cre­den­tial: Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Certificate

Many of the CCAP cours­es are com­po­nents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram. You may reg­is­ter con­cur­rent­ly in the CCAP cours­es and the Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate and receive equiv­a­len­cies toward both.

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep