As an Executive PA you will come across many challenges and be given many projects to undertake on behalf of some of the top brass at any company you are working for. On top of that, it is a great job and there are many people out there who would be more than happy with stepping in to your role, leaving you redundant. This is why it is important to perfect your trade and keep on top of all the latest goings on relevant to the role. Of course, you can do this by doing your own research into things, but there is something else you can do that would be nationally recognised by employers – undertake an Executive PA course.
If you visit the following website – http://executive-assistants.org/ – you will find a whole host of information from the Institute of Administrators and Executive Assistants about who they are, what they do, and most importantly for this article, what qualifications they offer.
As an Executive PA, you are able to undertake the Executive Assistant and PA Qualification (surprising, hey?) which starts at Level 2 and finishes at Level 5.
Levels 2 and 3 don’t particularly apply to you if you are an Executive PA and are reading this as they will qualify you as a Secretary / Receptionist (Level 2) and a PA (Level 3).
Level 4 completion allows you to become a Certified Executive PA, and Level 5 completion allows you to become a Certified Assistant of the IEAA.
By undertaking an Executive PA qualification you are showing your commitment to the industry and showing a willingness to enhance your knowledge and skill set both for yourself and the organisation you are working for.
The IEAA provides specialist training material via their providers which includes:
- Minute Taking
- Written Business Communications
- Social Media for Administrators
- Event Management
- Project Management
and they aim to ensure that you, as an Executive PA, are provided with the highest quality standard of training possible to ensure that you have the real, proper job skills needed to fulfil the role to the best of your abilities.
There are other providers of such qualifications out there if you have a search around, but the IEAA are internationally recognised and you will find a very high proportion of their graduates in prestigious roles across the globe, so why not take a look at their site and investigate further as to which course will be best for your current level of work and how you can ensure you achieve more.
Executive PA courses will give you additional qualifications to add to your CV, and will enhance the offerings you can provide to your company – therefore making your position within the organisation a lot more important, and further secure than it may have been prior to you undertaking the qualification.