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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, web design, book-keeping, accounts (including Sage 50 Accounts) and payroll. You will also 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 Marketing, HR, PR and Law to name just a few.

Course Duration: 410 hours without shorthand, 450 hours with shorthand

CPD Points: 410 with shorthand, 450 without 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 Access

Develop database skills from initial design stage. Covers the creation of tables, reports, queries and forms, relationships, wizards and more.

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.

Either Dreamweaver

Learn to create a website using the most popular industry standard web design program.

Or 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.

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.

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.

Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 2

Module 2 covers the double entry book-keeping system, bank reconciliation, sales and purchase ledger, accounting for bad debt, correcting errors, reconciliation of statements and VAT returns.

Book-keeping Level 2 – Module 3

Module 3 covers using the journal in order to correct book-keeping errors, as well as recording year-end adjustments prior to preparing the final accounts.

Payroll Principles

Payroll Principles is a great short course that can be studied in just 4 hours. The course is designed to teach those new to payroll the theory behind practicalities of running a business’s company payroll.

Sage 50 Accounts

Convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software.

Sage 50 Payroll

Convert your manual payroll skills to computerised payroll using the most popular program including statutory sick pay and statutory maternity pay.

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,  web design, book-keeping, accounts (including Sage 50 Accounts) and payroll. You will have covered Microsoft Office to an expert level. In addition, you can also choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your core skills in the fields of Marketing, HR, PR and Law to name just a few.

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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