What Certifications Do Administrative Assistants Commonly Hold?


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Administrative assistants who have certifications typically hold Certified Administrative Professional designations, and specialized assistants can opt for designations such as Accredited Legal Professional. The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist designation can help prove the competency of assistants who work in business law, intellectual property law and other legal areas.

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What Certifications Do Administrative Assistants Commonly Hold?
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The International Association of Administrative Professionals provides the only certification, as of May 2015, that includes all aspects of the office. The Certified Administrative Professional designation does include a speciality endorsement in organizational management that focuses on a higher level of knowledge and skills.

Before assistants apply to become a Certified Administrative Professional, they must have gained at least 12 consecutive months of experience with the same employer in the past five years. All experience on the application must be from the past 10 years. Assistants who have no college degree must have at least four years of experience, three years for an associate degree and two years for a bachelor's degree or higher. The college degrees must be in an area related to business.

The exam lasts three and a half hours and consists of about 300 questions on communication, planning, distributing information, managing records and human resources. The exam for the Organizational Management endorsement is also three and a half hours and covers scenarios that center around advanced communication, team skills and other areas.

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