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Are training programs available for administrative assistants?

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Question: “I’m having a hard time finding training programs for administrative assistants. Can anyone suggest training/skill-building programs in the Austin, Texas, area?” —Tonia Bouldwin


I have found some valuable training through National Seminars and Rockhurst. Since I live close to the Austin area these one or two day workshops are great. I also found several six-week on-line courses through Temple College Ed2go that has been a benefit to me and also for our Receptionist and Secretary.

Try Skillpath Seminars. There are several I have taken and they all are extremely helpful.

The IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals is a wonderful site for so many resources, which include training.

Careertrack also offers seminars.
Austin Community College also offers classes
Virginia College has class for Administrative assistants as well

Skillpath and Fred Pryor both offer affordable training in a wide range of subjects.

I have taken several of the National Seminars course in Austin and found them to be helpful.

I suggest you contact Nickie Hyde, owner of Legally Large in Austin. Although she operates mainly for the legal field, anyone could use her tips and seminars. She is full of good ideas and has weekly newsletter that is invaluable. The web address is Good luck

Skillpath has wonderful seminars and training. They may not be in your city but close to your area. Reason to get a vacation in also.

Skillpath offers on site training, seminars, workshops and conferences all over the United States. I try to attend at least 2 a year. Check out their website and get on their mailing list for a catalog of their learning opportunities.

P.A. Douglas offers good seminars.

I use the free Microsoft Office Webcasts at You can attend both live on-line training or on-demand training.

Microsoft also has free Work Essentials webcasts at

You can also get tips/tricks and links to other information available from Microsoft at

The American Management Association now has a list of courses available for admins. Some are online, on CDs or classroom.

I also want to recommend the P.A. Douglas Seminar. I attending one in Las Vegas earlier this year and found it to be one of the best I have attended. Some of the other 1 day seminars I have attended in the past are just a sales pitch for you to buy something else while you are there. The P.A. Douglas course actually taught tips I could use.

I really enjoy the PA Douglas seminars. They actually seem to understand what it is like in the real world of the administative assistance. The instructor goes through everything with you and If you ever get a chance to attend you will be surprised what you can learn.

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