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Professional Executive PA Diploma

The Professional 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.

With the Professional Executive PA Diploma you will learn how to stay one step ahead, anticipating needs and meeting the demands of this challenging, yet rewarding role.

You will learn advanced touch typing, Microsoft Office to an expert level, Social Media and Marketing as well as undertake a series of self-development programs. In addition, you can also choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your core skills in the fields of Book-keeping, Payroll, Event Management and Business Structure and Law to name just a few.

Course Duration: 380 hours without shorthand, 420 hours with shorthand

CPD Points: 380 without shorthand, 420 with shorthand


Professional Executive PA Diploma with AAT

This includes the content of the Professional Executive PA Diploma; adding the Foundation courses in Accounting to the core elements and enables you to achieve AAT accreditation to your diploma. You will still have the same number of electives to choose from the list.

Course Duration: 560 hours without shorthand, 600 hours with shorthand

CPD Points: 560 without shorthand, 600 with shorthand



In just 25 hours, speeds of 20-40+ words per minute are perfectly achievable, even if you have little prior experience. You’ll also receive guidance on ergonomics, technique and accuracy.

Typing Speed Development

If you want to build speed and accuracy, this course will take you to speeds of 40-60 words per minute and, on completion, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a recognised typing qualification.

Either Effective Business Communication

Learn how to communicate effectively in business by letter, email, telephone and by presentation. This will cover correct use of grammar, punctuation, principles of letter writing and CV writing.

Or Business Document Production

Develop skills and understanding of routine and complex business documents and the conventions used in their production and presentation.

Microsoft Word and Microsoft Word Expert

Learn word processing skills to a good business standard, enabling you to create professional looking documents. Learn advanced word processing skills including mail merge, creating graphs, creating and running macros, creating an index, table of contents and more.

Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Excel Expert

Learn spreadsheet skills to a good business standard and be confident in this essential software. Advanced spreadsheet skills, covering importing and exporting data, creating templates, linking workbooks, data tools, analysis and pivot tables.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Includes formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound and hyperlinks; transition and timing effects.

Microsoft Outlook

Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically. Covers the use of email, electronic calendar, scheduling meetings and appointments; creating and assigning tasks and creating address lists.

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. Learn some tricks of the trade and really get to grips with event project management to ensure your events are always ones people are talking about for all the right reasons.

Audio Transcription – Level 2

Learn audio typing techniques to produce business documents to a high degree of accuracy and skill.

Successful Meetings and Minutes

Gain the skills to ensure every meeting you attend is productive. Build your understanding on logistics, preparation, note-taking, agenda planning and how to clarify actions.

HR Essentials

HR Essentials is an entry-level HR training course. You will you learn essential knowledge on areas such as recruiting new staff, employment contracts, salary processing and maternity rights. Through the use of a case-study, you’ll gain an excellent understanding of the ins and outs of HR in a business.

Elective courses

Choose any four of the following:

  • Health & Safety Essentials
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Get Into PR
  • Legal Text Processing
  • Medical Terminology
  • Shorthand Speed Development or Shorthand Fast
  • Numeric Data Entry
  • Introduction to Business Structure & Law
  • Executive PA Seminar
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • SpeedWriting

If you have your sights set on becoming the right hand person to a senior director or boss of one of the UK’s top companies, the Professional Executive PA Diploma is the right choice of training for you.

You will get all the essential skills required to be an indispensable PA or EA, delivering reports, figures, forecasts and reports to enable decision-making at the highest level, quickly and accurately. Quite simply this is the most comprehensive Executive PA training available.

On completion of this Diploma you will have gained skills such as advanced touch typing, Microsoft Office to an expert level, Social Media and Marketing as well as undertake a series of self-development programs. In addition, you can also choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your core skills in the fields of Book-keeping, Payroll, Event Management and Business Structure and Law to name just a few.

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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