Pitman Training

Executive PA Diploma

Diploma Outline

If you thrive on working under pressure, demonstrating your exceptional organisation skills and possess keen attention to detail, the Executive PA Diploma is the ideal training option for you.

With our Executive PA Diploma you’ll have everything you need to work in the highly demanding and challenging role of Executive PA or Executive Assistant, using the latest software to plan schedules, taking minutes and having a great insight into how an organisation runs at a senior level. You’ll be able to take your existing personal skills and combine them with great practical business skills – making you an asset to any company.

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly course advisors
  • Get the skills in demand by employers


Enjoy a rewarding career as a successful PA.

To help you stay one step ahead, our Executive PA Diploma has been designed to give you a broad range of skills to help you stand out and get the job. As a highly regarded Executive PA, you’ll act as a life-organiser to the senior management and company directors, anticipating their needs and ensuring everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

With our Executive PA Diploma, you’ll learn up-to-date Microsoft Office applications and learn or refine traditional secretarial skills including minute taking, touch-typing and audio transcription.

Businesses throughout the UK recognise the Pitman Training name as a sign that you have been trained to the very highest level. On successful completion of this Diploma you will have world-class skills to be a highly-valued and well-paid Personal or Executive Assistant.

Get a job as a highly efficient Personal Assistant.

The Executive PA Diploma consists of the following core courses:-

  • Typing (choose from a selection)
  • Typing Speed Development
  • Effective Business Communication OR Business Document Production
  • Successful Meetings & Minutes
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Word Expert
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Excel Expert
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Audio Transcription
  • Event Management Essentials

You will then choose four additional elective courses or seminars to suit your requirements.

Shorthand Option

If you would like to include Shorthand as a Core Course in your Executive PA Diploma, we have a number of courses available designed to take you from beginner to expert writing 60-70 words per minute.

To discuss your current skills and aspirations for the future, call us and speak to one ofour friendly advisors.

The guideline learning time for the Executive PA Diploma is:-

  • 265 hours flexi study (without Shorthand*) or 10 weeks full-time**
  • 325 hours flexi study (with Shorthand*) or 12 weeks full-time**

* Shorthand is an optional subject
** full-time is based on approx. 20-30 hours a week

Our Executive PA Diploma has courses which can be accessed online, via our distance learning portal and courses which you will need to study in one of our centres.

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Executive PA Diploma in different ways:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required.

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The best way to make sure your training programme suits you, your skills, your ambitions and your busy schedule, is to get in touch with us for a free, friendly expert career consultation.

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