Canadian Certified Administrative Professional Designation


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Keeping skills up to date with current trends is vital to any role. More and more often, administrative assistants are being recognized as key team members and as such, employers are looking for a higher level of professionalism. The Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) designation is a benchmark of excellence for the advanced administrative professional. 

The designation is awarded by the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), a national association whose main purpose is to encourage people in the business world to continuously upgrade their professionalism through continuing education.

The CCAP program will provide you with valuable background in general business education, assist you in understanding corporate initiatives, advance your professional development, and prepare you for future office demands and innovations.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

All 8 courses required for your CCAP.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study.


The Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) is a program for office professionals interested in meeting the challenges of today’s demanding workforce. Through a series of university-level business courses, you are provided with an up-to-date knowledge of business practices, essential skills, and career-building expertise, along with a credential widely recognized in the professional office environment.

Program Plan


The CCAP program is comprised of seven AAP courses (or 8 equivalent Faculty of Extension courses) that must be successfully completed so you can apply for the designation. As a university accredited by the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), UAlberta offers all courses needed to fulfill the designation’s educational requirements. 

AAP course titles are not exact matches for university course titles. The chart below lists course titles as they appear on AAP’s website (left hand column), followed by the corresponding UAlberta course titles as they relate to the CCAP designation requirements (right hand column).

The CCAP designation also carries an experience requirement—please consult AAP’s website for more information on non-educational components of the program.


Core courses – complete all 4 equivalent Faculty of Extension courses
AAP course: Our equivalent:
Business English complete both:
Grammar for Effective Writing (EXGEN 3797)
Writing Skills: Improving Style and Clarity (EXGEN 3112)
Organizational Behaviour Organizational Behaviour (EXMGT 5587)
Supervision/Management Studies Introduction to Management (EXMGT 5577)
Elective courses – select Extension equivalent of 4 AAP courses
AAP course: Our equivalent:
Business or Commercial Law Commercial Law (EXMGT 5566)
Financial Accounting Financial Management and Budgeting (EXMGT 5515)
Human Resources Management Human Resources Foundations (EXMGT 5596)
Marketing Marketing (EXMGT 5584)

Project Management

complete all 3:
Project Management Essentials (EXMGT 5427)
Project Management: Risk and Resourcing (EXMGT 5443)
Project Management: From Communication to Closure (EXMGT 5444)
Social Media

complete both:
Fundamentals of Social Media (EXSM 5510)
Effective Social Media Communication (EXSM 3988)

Business Analytics for Managers (EXMGT 5447)



Qualifications & Admission

Students seeking strictly a CCAP designation are not required to apply for admission to the University of Alberta—only to register for each course on an individual basis. 

If you’re interested in earning a UAlberta credential while you work toward your CCAP designation, you may enrol in the Management Development Certificate program as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses. 

Please note that the Association of Administrative Professionals does require students to complete a CCAP enrolment form, which is available at their website. Applicants wishing to register as a CCAP student must also become a member of the association.

Courses are currently open for enrolment—register now!

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Some courses require a textbook at an additional cost.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

Take courses individually for professional development or complete them all to earn the CCAP designation.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core courses

    Elective courses