Whatcom offers the following certificates:

Certificates:  Office Administration - Logistics
 Office Administration
Certificates of Proficiency:
 Clerical Assistant
 Sustainable Business Leadership

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within each certificate template, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

Certificate - Office Administration - Logistics

The office administration - logistics certificate provides students with knowledge and skills required to assist in the daily tasks associated with import/export processes, logistics, customer relations, and records management, all within the framework of international business, global trade, and inter-cultural issues. Specific topics include: The functions and characteristics of transportation companies; import/export documentation; laws and regulations pertaining to logistics; methods of payment; country of importation requirements.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically) Credits
ACCT& 201
Principles of Accounting I
5
or ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting
3
BTEC 101
Introduction to Business Computing
3
BTEC 121
Word Processing I
3
BTEC 141
Spreadsheets I
3
BTEC 122
Business Document Design
5
or BTEC 142
Spreadsheets II
5
ECON 260
Introduction to International Trade
5
OFFAD 105
Records Management
3
OFFAD 154
Introduction to Logistics
5
OFFAD 150
Office Procedures
5
or OFFAD 160
Office Management
5
Subtotal 35-37
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION Credits
BUS 100
Business Math (CP)
5
or Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP) 5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I (CM)
5
or BUS 140 Business Research and Communication (CM)
3
CMST& 230 Small Group Communication (HR)
5
or CMST 145 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
5
or BUS 170 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
3
Subtotal 11-15
ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE Credits
CO-OP 180
Preparing for Career Work Experience
1 to 2
or CO-OP 190
Cooperative Education/Internship
1 to 5
Subtotal 1-5
Total 47-57

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Certificate - Office Administration

This certificate prepares the student to be skilled in the job duties relating to the front office professional. Interpersonal, organizational, and technical skills are addressed to meet the demands for both small and large businesses, as well as government agencies. Graduates may find employment in the following occupations: office clerks, administrative assistants, information and records clerks, executive secretaries, and front office managers.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically) Credits
ACCT& 201
Principles of Accounting I
5
or ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting
3
ACCT 130
QuickBooks Pro
3
BTEC 101 Introduction to Business Computing 3
BTEC 104 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy I 2
BTEC 121 Word Processing I 3
BTEC 141 Spreadsheets I 3
BTEC 122 Business Document Design 5
or BTEC 161
Database Management I 3
or BTEC 181
Introduction to Presentation Software 3
OFFAD 105
Records Management
3
OFFAD 150
Office Procedures
5
OFFAD 160 Office  Management 5
Subtotal 33-37
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION Credits
BUS 100
Business Math (CP)
5
or Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP) 5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I (CM)
5
or BUS 140 Business Research and Communication (CM)
3
CMST& 230 Small Group Communication (HR)
5
or CMST 145 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
5
or BUS 170 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
3
Subtotal 11-15
ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE Credits
CO-OP 180
Preparing for Career Work Experience
1 to 2
or CO-OP 190
Cooperative Education/Internship
1 to 5
Subtotal 1-5
Total 45-57

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Certificate of Proficiency - Clerical Assistant

This training endorsement provides office skills appropriate to entry-level positions requiring specialized knowledge of payroll and benefits record keeping methods. Coursework may be applied toward a one-year certificate in Office Administration or an AS in Business.

Course requirements (effective spring 2013)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 ACCT 100
 Introduction to Accounting
 3
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 BTEC 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BTEC 121
 Word Processing I
 3
 BTEC 141
 Spreadsheets I
 3
 or BTEC 161  Database Management I
 3
 or BTEC 181  Introduction to Presentation Software
 3
 BUS 170
 Customer Service for Professionals
 3
 BTEC 104
 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy I
 2
 OFFAD 105
 Records Management
 3
 OFFAD 150
 Office Procedures
 5
 Subtotal  28
 Total  28

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Certificate of Proficiency - Sustainable Business Leadership

This three-class series will provide a practical introduction to sustainability in business and leadership practices. The sustainable business leadership certificate is designed for individuals who wish to become change agents for sustainability within their respective organizations, and series assumes students are business professionals or students who have a sound business foundation. This certificate will provide graduates with the skills that managers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees need to implement a customized sustainability program. The topics covered will include: energy efficiency, transportation, water, zero waste, responsible purchasing, renewable energy, sustainable food, sustainable building and development, alternate sources of revenue and savings, triple bottom line accounting, leadership skills for change agents, corporate social responsibility, employee ownership, and marketing.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 OFFAD 280
 Sustainable Business Practices I
 3
 OFFAD 281
 Sustainable Business Practices II
 3
 OFFAD 282
 Sustainable Business Practices III
 3
 Subtotal  9
 Total  9

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