If working from home or traveling while earning an income is appealing to you, the flexibility offered by becoming a virtual administrative assistant is ideal. This online professional development course is designed to help you launch your career as a virtual assistant.
Professional Development for Virtual Assistants will take you through the process of starting your own business and provide you with the tools and techniques that are required to be successful as a virtual assistant.
In this online virtual assistant course, you will hone your communication and organisational skills, learn how to manage multiple tasks and gain a range of business skills designed to help you succeed as a virtual assistant. You will also undertake business planning, develop your services and pricing and learn how to successfully market your virtual assistant business.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to launch your own virtual assistant business in administration.
Unit 1- Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
Touch typing techniques
Using the keyboard
Identify and develop keyboard skills
Speed and accuracy
Use safe work practices
Health and safety (OHS)
Mouse buttons and operations
Alpha keys and numeric keypad
Quick access toolbar
Creating a new document
Check spelling and grammar
Errors and corrections
Typing Test Standard: AS2708-2001.
Unit 2 - Write complex documents
Business letters and documents
Purpose and audience
Format & communication
Categories and logical sequence
Structure and content
Graphics and graphs
Personal and impersonal writing
Writing an outline
Check grammar spelling and style
Accuracy and punctuation
Revisions in final copy
Quoting, paraphrasing and plagiarising
Author-date (Harvard) system
Unit 3 - Manage personal and professional development
Personal work goals
Qualities of manager/leaders
The balanced scorecard
Strategic and operational plans
Efficiency vs effectiveness
Effective filing processes
Measuring personal performance
Using technology effectively
Maintain professional competence
Unit 4 - Design and produce business documents
Select and prepare resources
Select technology and software
Select layout, format and style
Basic design principles
Open and generate file
Short cut keys
Quick access toolbar
Shading and borders
Bullets and numbers
Headers and footers
Themes and styles
Object linking and embedding
Clipart and text wrapping
Charts and graphs
Check produced document
Store and save
Help desks and user manuals
Check spelling and grammar
Name and store
PDF file format
Print and present
Unit 5 - Research and develop business plans
The purpose and components of a business plan
How to create a business plan
What to include in your business plan
Business goals, objectives and budgets
Market needs and size
Product mix, volumes and pricing opportunities
Planning market activities
Draft business plan
Consulting with stakeholders
Costs of products and services
Fixed costs and variable costs
Mixed or semi-variable costs
Step costs or semi-fixed costs
Calculating prices based on costs and profit targets
Cash flow projections
Budget types and targets
Forecasting and operations budgeting
Budgets as controls and reporting tools
Setting budget targets
Business finance options
Grants, subsidies and tax concessions
Over draft or line of credit
Risk management strategies and planning
Identify compliance breaches
Feasibility studies and strategic plans
Operational and financial plans
Unit 6 - Virtual Assistant Business
Virtual assistant services
Setting up your virtual office
Virtual assistant tools
Virtual assistant organisations
SEO for your business
Developing your services
Marketing your services
Social media marketing
Estimated duration 90 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
One (1) Typing Speed and Accuracy Test. This typing test is marked according to Australian Standards. Conditions apply.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 90 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit plus $100 for unit 6.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $350.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.