Is the Executive PA Diploma for you?

Businesses throughout the UK respect the Pitman Training name. Thus, a Pitman degree assures them you have received the highest level of training. With our personal assistant courses, you can enjoy a successful career as a PA. Upon successful completion of this diploma, you will have world-class skills to be a highly-valued and well-paid Personal or Executive Assistant.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 320 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
320 hours or 13 weeks full-time study

About the Executive PA Diploma

With Pitman’s executive assistant training, you can enjoy a rewarding and successful career. You will learn how to properly manage and organise the daily duties of an executive. Upon completion of this diploma, you will have the skills to be a highly-valued and well-paid Personal or Executive Assistant.

Get a job as a highly efficient Personal Assistant

Do you thrive working under pressure? Do you have exceptional organisation skills? How about keen attention to detail? If so, the Executive PA Diploma is the ideal training option for you.

Personal assistant courses will enable you to combine your existing personal skills with practical business skills. Thus, you will become an asset to any company.

With your diploma, you will have everything you need to work in the highly demanding and challenging role of Executive PA. Or, you can find employment as an Executive Assistant.

Gaining an executive assistant certification is a sure way to make your CV stand out. It shows that you have the proficiency to handle any task. This demonstrable qualification lets executives know that they can rely on you.

In your career, you will use the latest software to plan schedules and take minutes. You will also manage office requests and other duties. Plus, you will gain insight into how an organisation runs at a senior level.

The Essential Skills You Need to Get the Job and Succeed

As a regarded Executive PA, you’ll act as a life organiser to the senior management and company directors. You will anticipate their needs and ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Typical duties will include planning and organizing the schedule, taking meeting notes, managing expense reimbursement, internal and external communication, and more.

Our Executive PA Diploma will give you a broad range of skills to help you stand out and get the job. With your complete skill set, you will always be one step ahead.

In personal assistant courses, you will learn up-to-date Microsoft Office applications. Also, you will get familiar with the latest accountancy packages. Further, learn or refine traditional secretarial skills including touch typing and audio transcription.

You can also choose from four elective subjects to complement your core skills. Electives include shorthand, marketing and bookkeeping, to name a few. You can choose to study online or in one of our training centres.

What will you get in return?

A Pitman Training diploma is one of the most prestigious courses you can take. In fact, Pitman is one of the most highly regarded training organisations in the world. All our programmes have a reputation for the highest quality of learning. Rest assured our executive assistant courses are of the highest calibre.

With your Executive PA Diploma, you’ll have world-class skills to get a job as a valued, well-paid Personal or Executive Assistant.

Download Course Packet

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Aims and Objectives

Our Executive PA Diploma will give you a broad range of skills to help you stand out and get the job. With executive assistant training, you will always be one step ahead.

As a regarded Executive PA, you’ll act as a life organiser to the senior management and company directors. You will anticipate their needs and ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

Courses Included

Shorthand Option

If you would like to include shorthand as a core course in your Executive PA Diploma, please let us know. We have a number of courses available designed to take you from beginner to expert writing 60-70 words per minute

Touch Typing Courses

Audio Transcription Level 1

Audio Transcription is a valuable skill, with applications in many industry sectors. This audio typing course will teach you how to operate audio transcribing equipment…

Communication Courses

Effective Business Communication

This excellent course will raise your game when it comes to business communication skills, which is often top of the list of qualities demanded by…

Event Management Courses

Event Management Essentials

Learn some tricks of the trade and really get to grips with event project management to ensure your events are always ones people are talking…

Microsoft Office


Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. In Part 1, you will learn how to use the core features of Excel, such as…

Social Media Courses

Facebook for Business

Learn how to use Facebook to promote and market your organisation. This course looks at how businesses can maximise their social media presence on this…

Social Media Courses

Instagram for Business

This course will teach you what you need to know about Instagram, the popular image-sharing platform, and how it can help your business with its…

General Office Skills Courses

Leadership Skills

If you are new to management or looking to broaden your opportunities, this course will provide key insights into successful leadership and how to make…

Marketing Courses

Marketing Essentials

Over four lessons you’ll cover topics such as understanding what a marketing plan is, how to carry out appropriate research, how websites are designed to…

Microsoft Office Courses


This flexible study Outlook course takes you through everything you need to use this popular email system as a work tool, from navigation and views…

Microsoft Office Courses


Our comprehensive PowerPoint training course will help you get to grips with this popular presentation software. Learning with us will teach you how to produce…

General Office Skills Courses

Successful Meetings and Minutes

If you work as a Secretary, Administrator, PA, EA or Office Manager for instance, your role may involve taking notes or minutes at meetings.

Personal Development Courses

Time Management

Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency. This is the ideal course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time.

Touch Typing Courses


In just 25 hours speeds of 20-40+ words per minute are perfectly achievable, even if you have little prior experience. Comprising 10 lessons, you’ll also…

Touch Typing Courses

Typaz Professional

For those needing high proficiency at touch-typing and keyboard skills. The course takes up to 42 hours and includes the alpha-numeric keys and high-end learning…

Microsoft Office Courses


Our Microsoft Word course is designed to provide you with the essential skills you will need to be proficient in Word, in a work environment,…

PA Courses

Meetings and Minutes Seminar

This one-day tutor-led seminar is one of our most popular seminars ideal for anyone involved in organising meetings and taking notes at those meetings. You'll…

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, you also choose four additional elective courses. Below is a list of recommended courses but there is a wider list available. Please speak to a Course Advisor for full details of how best to tailor this Diploma to your requirements

Bookkeeping Courses

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

The course is ideal for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It is a great starting point for those…

Personal Development Courses

Health and Safety Essentials

This is a flexible study course, so you’ll have the freedom to study whenever suits you. The interactive e-learning system makes this an extremely accessible…

HR Courses

HR Essentials

HR Essentials is an entry-level HR training course. You'll learn essential knowledge on area such as recruiting new staff, employment contracts, salary processing and maternity…

Legal Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Legal Text Processing

The course utilises CILEx specialist course materials and will introduce you to the various forms of documentation, terminology and processes associated with six different legal…

Marketing Courses

Marketing Essentials

Over four lessons you’ll cover topics such as understanding what a marketing plan is, how to carry out appropriate research, how websites are designed to…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Terminology

This course helps you get under the skin of commonly used medical terminology across a wide range of disciplines. You’ll also have the opportunity to…

General Office Skills Courses

Professional Receptionist Essentials

The Professional Receptionist Essentials course has been designed to give people the chance of becoming the best receptionist they can be.

Shorthand & Speedwriting Courses

Teeline Fast Shorthand

This course will take you from novice to a Pitman Teeline shorthand speed of 40 words per minute. Beginning with the basics we’ll lead you…

Social Media Courses

WordPress for Business

This course is specifically designed for those wishing to learn how to create a business-focused website. You’ll learn about designing the site and how to…


You don’t need to have gained any specific experience or qualifications before starting this diploma programme.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

The executive assistant diploma is one of our most popular diplomas for anyone wanting to work as a PA. Courses cover a wide range of topics, so progression options are wide. You could opt to add some niche skills, such as social media or bookkeeping, to take on more responsibility. Or you can progress further to work as a Virtual Assistant.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.