Program Overview

The Essential Office Skills Certificate program at Madison Area Technical College offers students education in office skills that are required in the present-day office environment. The certificate and credits received from certificate courses may be applied to the Business Software Applications Specialist diploma program, the Administrative Assistant Degree program, and many other programs offered at Madison College. There are no admission requirements for the certificate program. The program is designed for students who are working full time and can be completed alongside other educational coursework at Madison College.


Certificate courses may be taken at the Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg, Truax and Watertown campuses. In addition to traditional classes, students may opt to take the certificate courses completely online. Courses offered in the program include: Keyboarding Introduction, Word Beginning, Administrative Office Management, Excel-Beginning, Keyboard Skillbuilding and Customer Contact Skills. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses and must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for the Essential Office Skills Certificate.


Upon completion of the Essential Office Skills Certificate program students may find possible careers in Administrative Support, Customer Service Associate, Front Line Receptionist, Word Processor and Office Assistant. Certificate students that extend their education and work experience may find possible careers such as Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Executive Secretary, Information Coordinator and Office Manager.  Students who have completed the certificate program earn, on average, $8.00-$10.00 per hour, based on skill set and previous work experience.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Madison Area Technical College is a four-year public college located in Madison, Wisconsin. The school has grown tremendously from its foundation in 1912 and is now one of the largest 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System. MATC has developed formal agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities, which enable students to transfer the credits earned in an associate degree program to a specific institution.

    Students can choose from associate’s degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. Accelerated programs are available if students are interested in reducing time of completion.


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