Executive Support online short course

Course starts in 3 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
28 September 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Executive assistants are the glue that hold an organisation together. They play a vital role in supporting the productivity and effectiveness of senior staff and, by extension, a company’s entire team. As a result, they can have a significant impact on the overall functioning of a business.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Executive Support online short course is designed to prepare you to take on all the strategic and administrative duties of a professional in this role. You’ll discover key leadership, people management, business communication and problem-solving techniques. You’ll also learn how to plan meetings, prepare reports, and manage staff training.

Acquire sought-after transferable skills, applicable to any industry, and invest in your executive administration career with this course from Africa’s leading university.1

1QS Top Universities (Jun, 2019).

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

    • The ability to draft and format corporate correspondence, and compile effective business presentations
    • A firm grasp of basic financial management principles, and an advanced understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Prezi
    • The expertise to plan and manage special projects and corporate events
    • The skills to oversee staff training and handle conflict in the workplace
    • The grounding to expand your scope of influence in your organisation by helping leaders achieve their goals

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for administrative assistants, personal assistants, and office managers, as well as those in unrelated fields, who aspire to develop the competencies needed to become a high-level executive assistant.

It’s also ideal for established executive support personnel who want to update their skills, gain formal recognition of their expertise, and boost the value they can add to a company.

Course curriculum

Hone your administrative and support skills as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The corporate environment and executive support
  • Module 2 Advanced executive administrative support
  • Module 3 Effective communication and conflict management
  • Module 4 Advanced computer practices
  • Module 5 Written communication and presentation skills
  • Module 6 The fundamentals of financial management
  • Module 7 Corporate project and events management
  • Module 8 Leadership and people management
  • Module 9 Staff training and development
  • Module 10 Self-management skills

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop advanced executive support skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts in 3 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.