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Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma

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

A Virtual Assistant (VA) can often be a saviour to a sole trader or small business. When it’s essential to keep overheads as low as possible, utilising the services of a Virtual Assistant is one of the most sensible business decisions they might make.

The areas of support you offer, assists a variety of business needs. You might help them deal with their admin and general office workload, manage their social media accounts or maintain the company’s financial records, it all depends on what their needs are. This offers a great variety to keep the days interesting.

Course Duration: 160 hours

CPD Points: 160


VA Essentials

This short 2 hour course is for anyone who would like to run their own business by becoming a VA. You’ll look at the practical side of running a business such as legal requirements, business planning, data protection etc. as well as looking at the specifics of the VA role.

Marketing Essentials

Over four lessons you’ll cover topics such as understanding what a marketing plan is, how to carry out appropriate research, how websites are designed to market the company, effective advertising and the four P’s of marketing products.

Understanding Business Accounts

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business; are considering setting one up or need to learn more about company accounts for your current or future role.

Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 1

In 8 lessons learn all aspects of manual accounts, the basics of VAT, checking invoices, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, petty cash books and balancing ledger accounts.

Introduction to Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in business structure and law. The structure of a business and the legal requirements for directors, shareholders and company secretaries are crucial; not least for Executive Assistants and finance professionals who often have to help prepare AGMs, business reports, prepare and file accounts and manage bank accounts, etc.

Costing and Pricing

Invaluable for anyone responsible for accounts or setting pricing within a business, this short course is something we’re sure you’ll get true value from, in terms of real pound signs.

Project Management Fundamentals

Good project management skills are always highly valued within a business as they ensure deadlines are met, costs are controlled and the deliverables are right first time. So with this Project Management course, your skills will be highly in demand.

Effective Online Communication

Communication is a key, must-have skill in today’s employment market. This short online course will help prove to employers that you’re able to communicate confidently and effectively online to different audiences in areas such as email and video conferencing.

WordPress for Business

WordPress is recognised worldwide as one of the most popular online blogging tools used by millions every day. WordPress has evolved a great deal and is now widely used as a full content management system where you can design, build and create a professional website.

Social Media for Businesses Courses

Choose 4 from the following:

  • Social Media Strategy for Business
  • SEO for Business
  • Twitter for Business
  • Facebook for Business
  • Linkedin for Business
  • Google+ for Business
  • Video for Business
  • Blogging for Business


Choose two from the following:

  • Typing
  • Time Management
  • SpeedWriting
  • Successful Meetings & Minutes
  • Audio Transcription
  • Microsoft Word or Microsoft Word Expert
  • Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Excel Expert
  • Microsoft Outlook

*Alternative choices are available. Please talk with your Course Advisor. Seminars are subject to availability at your local Pitman Training Centre

Working for yourself as a Virtual Assistant offers a unique and varied career opportunity. You will be your own boss, so be able to set your working patterns as you wish. Many businesses don’t need a full-time PA or Administrator so, rather than pay out a monthly salary, they will often utilise the services of a VA on an as and when basis and pay simply for what they need.

On completion of this Diploma you will have knowledge and understanding of the basics of being a Virtual Assistant, marketing, business accounts.  You will learn basic manual book-keeping, project management fundamentals and look at social media for businesses.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

ITA (Individual Training Account) funding may be available for this course subject to eligibility. Please contact us for more information.

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