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Executive PA Diploma

The Executive PA Diploma training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

If you thrive on working under pressure, demonstrating your exceptional organisation skills and possess keen attention to detail, the Executive PA Diploma is the ideal training option for you. You’ll be able to take your existing personal skills and combine them with great practical business skills – making you an asset to any company.

With your diploma you’ll have everything you need to work in the highly demanding and challenging role of Executive PA or Executive Assistant, using the latest software to plan schedules, taking minutes and having a great insight into how an organisation runs at a senior level.

Course Duration: 300 hours (without shorthand), 340 hours (with shorthand)

CPD Points: 300


Keyboard Skills –Learn how to touch type accurately, using the correct keyboard technique

Keyboard Skills Development – Develop your typing speed to improve productivity using graded copying exercises and time dictations. A number of stages are available of up to 70 wpm

Effective Business Communication – Learn to communicate effectively in business – via letter, email, telephone and personal presentations

Microsoft Word – Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Word Expert – Learn advanced word processing skills including mail merge, graphs, macros, creating an index and table of contents

Microsoft Outlook – Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Audio Transcription – Learn to type from audio dictation using a variety of correspondence eg memos, reports and letters

or Marketing Essentials – To give an understanding of how marketing departments plan and execute marketing strategies

Microsoft Excel – Introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Excel Expert – Learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables

Microsoft PowerPoint – Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Event Management Essentials – Getting under the skin of events means they become easier to manage. Event organising is no walk in the park and there are many complexities that go into making an event a success.

Successful Meetings and Minutes – To teach you to understand the different types of meetings, how they run and how best to organise your role as minute taker.

Time Management or Different Leadership Attributes and Skills

Twitter or Facebook for Business

Shorthand (optional) – Learn the complete theory of either shorthand system. This will enable you to take notes at speeds of up to 70 wpm

Choose Four Elective Courses

  • Dreamweaver or WordPress for Business
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 1
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Get into PR
  • HR Essentials
  • Shorthand Speed Development or Shorthand Fast
  • Legal Text Processing
  • Health and Safety Essentials
  • Executive PA seminar
  • Sage 50 Accounts
  • SpeedWriting
  • Medical Terminology
Individuals who wish to gain comprehensive secretarial, business and computer skills in preparation for a career as a Personal Assistant at high-level management
To provide you with both excellent IT and business skills to support senior executives.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland


For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:




A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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