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Secretary Certificate

The Secretary Certificate Course is designed for those looking to have a career as a Secretary and to study a shorter course compared to the Executive Secretary Diploma Course.

Suitable for those with some experience working in an office as well as Graduates and complete beginners looking to develop a professional career as a Secretary.

This is a popular course for those looking for a short course enabling them to apply for Secretarial/Administration jobs.

The entire course can be studied at home without the need to visit any exam centre.  You will have one to one tuition and support from both Tutors and Assessors in completing the course.

Certificates are issued by NCFE at the end of the course upon successful completion. 


The Secretary Certificate course has been accredited by NCFE, an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England and Wales.  NCFE’s regulators are the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and the Welsh Government in Wales.  This course isn’t regulated by Ofqual but has been accredited by NCFE under their IIQ Licence.

Lewis Secretarial College is an approved NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) Centre.  As part of NCFE centre approval we are inspected every 6 months to ensure we are maintaining standards as required by NCFE.  In our last inspection in September 2016 we achieved “Excellent” in all sectors.

We have benchmarked this course’s learning outcomes at Level 2 using the QCF national framework’s level descriptors, to allow you to consider the difficulty and depth of study and level of achievement involved.

The course leads to the:

Secretary Certificate


The course is broken down into several sections:

Touch Typing and Speed Development

We have invested in an interactive program from America to help develop your touch-typing skills, which you will have access to throughout your course.

After developing a good technique, you will find your speed develops over the weeks and you will have lots of different practice assignments to complete and a few games as well to help push the speed!


This section covers a range of different administrative tasks you will need to carry out in your role as a Secretary.  You will cover topics such as supporting business meetings and business trips, diary management and composing business documents.  You will also look at the role of the Secretary, using office equipment and developing your research skills.


Using a range of MS Office programs is an essential aspect of being a Secretary.  In this section of the course you will study Excel, Word, PowerPoint and of course Outlook - the key program used to communicate through email.  You will also develop your skills in using the Internet for research purposes.

Business Documents

This section of the course will enhance your document presentation skills and ability to use Word to a business standard.  You will cover the program in depth concentrating on the design and production of business documents using tables and editing techniques.  You will learn how to professionally display business letters, information in tabular format, as well as audio transcription skills.

For further information please click on the link below for a Course Booklet, details about start dates and different payment options.  Please also ask if you would like some careers advice.