Secretary Certificate

Program Description

Office secretaries are considered to be at the front line of the companies they’re working for. Generally, they are the first to meet individuals from both inside and outside the company. Thus, their behavior and their role is seen as essential to the success of the company. More importantly, secretaries are those who support senior staff and department heads.

Besides typing and word processing skills, secretaries must also have strong management and soft skills. This is directly tied to the fact that secretaries are responsible for handling client and office needs, and making sure that the office runs properly.

The Secretary Certificate at Bramson ORT College combines secretarial skills and advanced computer applications. With an emphasis on hands-on training, students will learn advanced keyboarding and publishing skills, and will take courses in accounting, business law, advanced computer applications and small business management. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to perform the basic skills necessary to manage any business office.

Credits obtained by students while in the Secretary Certificate program are transferable to two-year and four-year programs at Bramson ORT College and other colleges and universities worldwide. In order to earn the Secretary Certificate at Bramson ORT College, a student must complete at least 30 credits.

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US Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification Code for Secretaries: 436014.

Program Summary Chart


Secretary Certificate

Program Length:

30 semester credits

Entrance Dates:

Rolling Semesters


Queens & Brooklyn Campuses

Admission Requirements:

Admission to Bramson ORT College's Secretary Certificate Program is open to all students who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies.

Please visit the Admissions Office Site for the complete requirements. High School Diploma or High School Equivalency is required.

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More Information
Office Technology Department
Bramson ORT College
69-30 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 877-281-3717

12 Credits
Required Major Courses
CS100 Introduction to Computer and Information
SS101 Keyboarding I
3 Credits
SS111 Secretarial Practices I
3 Credits
SS121 Word Processing I
3 Credits
Elective Major Courses
9 Credits
Elective Major Courses - Select credits from the following list of courses:
AC111 Principles of Accounting I
3 Credits
AC121 Business Law I
3 Credits
AC261 Advanced Computer Applications for Business
3 Credits
BM100 Introduction to Business
3 Credits
BM140 Small Business Management
3 Credits
CS206 Advanced Computer Applications
3 Credits
MA110 Business Mathematics
3 Credits
SS102 Keyboarding II
3 Credits
SS111 Secretarial Practices I
3 Credits
SS112 Secretarial Practices II
3 Credits
SS125 Desktop Publishing
3 Credits
Arts and Sciences Courses
9 Credits
General Education Courses
EN100 English Composition I
3 Credits
Elective Liberal Arts
  General Education Courses (Select two)
6 Credits
  Select credits from the list of liberal arts courses which are not required liberal arts.

Career Outlook

As one of Bramson ORT College's oldest programs, the Secretary Certificate is an excellent course of study for those wishing to work as secretaries, receptionists and assistants. The Secretary Certificate prepares students for a prosperous career in administrative support. With hands-on training and exposure to the latest software technologies, Bramson ORT graduates are able to successfully enter the workforce.

  • Executive Secretary
  • Secretary
  • Office Support
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerks
  • Receptionist

  • Employment Opportunities

    Below you will find a table of average annual salaries for Secretaries. Salaries are listed by both position and industry/sector. These salaries have been provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and Bramson ORT College's Career Services Center.


    Average Salary

    Industry / Sector






    Real Estate



    Professional & Financial Services