Whether you want to set yourself apart from the competition when an employer looks at your resume, enhance your existing professional skills, or add more value within your organization the CCAPA designation and being an AAP member is what you want to do.
In 1951, an enterprising group of 35 women, aided and encouraged by two gentlemen, Mr. W. G. Frisby and Dr. W. J. Dunlop, both prominent in educational circles, took action. The Association they formed was to establish a national standard of qualifications for senior secretaries and to help reach this standard by providing facilities for advanced education and a common meeting ground for the exchange of ideas. The result gave a senior secretary a new title, Administrative Assistant, and made management aware of the value of the fully-qualified administrative assistant.
The AAP now administers the CCAPA program along with Think Business Training. The courses have been created for administrative professionals who prefer to work independently online and are not interested in the full leadership/management Centre of Expertise.
All applicants wishing to register as a CCAPA student must already be a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals (the AAP). Refer to the membership page for general membership forms. Once your AAP membership is confirmed by the Treasurer you will have access to our online portal. Through the portal you will be able to enroll in the CCAPA program.
Courses cover the four Centres of Expertise. There are four courses required to complete the CCAPA program consisting of one compulsory course and three elective courses. Courses are taken through the AAP’s online portal. Courses can be taken in any order.
There is no minimum number of years of experience to enroll in the CCAP program. Experience can be accumulated while you are working through the program. However, to be awarded the certification you must have a minimum of three years’ work experience or two years’ experience if you have a Bachelor of Administration. Work experience must be verified by a supervisor/manager.
To earn your CCAPA designation: 1. Fill out the online application. 2. Enroll in your courses. 3. Complete your work experience. This can be done in parallel with completing your four courses. 4. Pass the exam and earn your designation, propel your job into the career of your dreams.