Why do I need Administration and Office Skills Training?

Whether for an office-based role or an ‘on the floor’ job, a broad set of office skills course is key to success. For example, CVs that demonstrate a good working knowledge of computers and their software is a necessity for many office roles, especially those in receptionist, secretarial, and administration domains. Similarly, an understanding of interview techniques opens up future career paths in the areas of HR and recruitment.

Explore our General Office Skills Courses

Secretarial Courses

Administrative Assistant Diploma

Pitman specialises in offering world-class secretarial training. This administrative assistant program provides you with a high-level, well-rounded administrative skill set. Your diploma is sure to…

General Office Skills Courses

IT Office Administrator Diploma

An ideal route for anyone with an interest or experience in IT, looking to work in an administration or office support role.

General Office Skills Courses

Legal Receptionist Diploma

Professionally trained legal receptionists are in high demand by employers. This diploma will help you gain the all-round skillset to enable you to confidently manage…

General Office Skills Courses

Microsoft Office Diploma

Gain a good business standard level of knowledge in key Microsoft Office programs - Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint.

General Office Skills Courses

Microsoft Office Specialist – Associate Certification Diploma

The Microsoft Office Specialist certification is renowned globally. This diploma can help you get top-level Microsoft Office skills in the key packages such as Word,…

General Office Skills Courses

Office IT Diploma

This diploma will help you gain a key skillset most office staff are required to possess. You’ll study key Microsoft Office courses (Word, Excel, Outlook…

General Office Skills Courses

Office Management Course

This diploma is designed to teach you the fundamental skills you will need to turn you into a highly valued and well-paid office manager who…

General Office Skills Courses

Office Skills Diploma

This diploma is fully customisable, allowing you to select four courses that best suit your requirements to help you gain professional expertise in your chosen…

General Office Skills Courses

Receptionist Diploma

People can underestimate the skills required to work as a receptionist. Often juggling numerous tasks at once; maintaining calm and controlled at all times is…

General Office Skills Courses

ICDL Courses (Formerly ECDL Courses)

This course is the way to gain your ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) qualification. Here, we offer a professionally-written ICDL course split into modules. You…

What do Office Skills and Admin Course Cover?

Pitman Training courses grant you the tools to succeed in a diverse, fast-paced working environment

From basic computer skills to learning how to use Microsoft Office packages (WordExcelOutlook, and PowerPoint) and improving admin skills in the legal and medical professions, there is a Pitman administration course to suit your needs.

What is an ECDL Course?

The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world’s leading computer skills certification.

It is designed to improve understanding of computers and their software and is often identified by employers as a marker of computer literacy. Our ECDL Course is best suited to beginners with limited IT understanding; trainees do not need any prior experience to complete this course.

Why choose a Pitman Training Office Skills and Administration Course?

  • Pitman Training is one of the most highly respected training providers in the UK, placing your computer and administrative qualification above the competition.
  • Our administration and office skills training covers everything from minute-taking courses to using Microsoft Office packages effectively and increasing your typing and writing speed.
  • You can combine a Pitman office training diploma with a related Pitman Training course to further improve your employability. Secretarial and PA courses pair well with our office skills courses.
  • All our computer and administration courses are CPD-accredited, a well-recognised certification that is favoured by employers.
  • Our Pitman Training centres are available all year long so you can access a UK computer course whenever you need. All our office and admin courses are available online, so you can improve your office skills from the comfort of your home.
  • Improve your admin skills around your schedule. Whether it is full-time or part-time, with a Pitman Training course you learn at a pace that suits you.
  • Regardless of your choice to study in-centre or online, the support of our course advisors, is always available to you. Many years of experience indicates that this extra support may determine your success in effectively learning the subjects.

Careers using Admin and Office Skills

Admin and Office Skills Courses Available

Our broad range of computer and admin courses focus on everyday administration tasks along with profession-specific new office skills.

For instance, our online Minute-Taking Course is designed to boost note-taking efficiency in meetings while our Computer Skills Award lays the foundation for any computer-based role.

Many of our admin courses are also ideal for those considering a career change. The Professional Receptionist Course teaches essential admin skills for the job, while our Office Manager Course builds computer confidence for those already established in an office environment.

Whichever online computer or admin course you choose, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

Got a question about our basic computer courses or minute taking courses? Just >contact us for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

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

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

Pitman Training Course Enquiry

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