Personal Assistant 101

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Course Description

Do you enjoy a dynamic, ever-changing workday? If so, the role of Personal Assistant may be perfect for you!

Busy and highly successful people don't have time for all the small, time-consuming, everyday chores most of us consider unavoidable. Instead of allowing such things to interfere, they hire dedicated professionals to manage mundane tasks so they can focus on their own career.

If you've ever wondered what a high-level personal assistant does during a typical workday or considered a career as a "right hand" to a wealthy or famous person, this course is for you. In 14 lessons, you'll learn what types of individuals hire personal assistants, how to prepare and present yourself when seeking a PA position, what to expect during a typical workday, how to create your own "PA tool kit," how to manage your employer's household, the importance of discretion, and much more.

If you enjoy a fast-paced, ever-changing work life, feel comfortable interacting with high-level individuals, and yearn for unique professional experiences, explore your options as a professional personal assistant with this informative course.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.8 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(576 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction and History

While a personal assistant may perform some or many of the duties of an executive assistant, they often are responsible for some or all household management as well. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Skills and Traits of a Good Personal Assistant

In this lesson, we'll explore many of the skills and personality traits of successful personal assistants. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Key Attributes of an Effective Executive Personal Assistant; What are the Qualities of a Good Personal Assistant?
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: How to Embark on the PA Career Path

Unless you have connections, chances are you'll have to put in several hours working for a variety of clients, and in a variety of capacities before you can expect to land a job really in line with your professional goals. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: PERSONAL-ASSISTANT-TIPS.COM; Introduction to and Expectations for Résumés
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Tools of the Trade - Part I

Once you've obtained your first personal assistant job, you'll want to ensure you arrive as prepared as possible for your first day at work. Our "tools of the trade" lessons will help ready you not only for your first day but also for a successful career. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network; How to Become a Celebrity Personal Assistant; Job Network site; Job Posting site; 10 Celebrities Who Are Hiring Now
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5 : Tools of the Trade - Part II / Technology

The most common technology developed to assist with secretarial duties includes shorthand, typewriters, dictation machines, voicemail, and of course, computer technology. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Seven Truths About Becoming a Celebrity Assistant
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Your Professional Persona - Part I

As much as no one wants to admit it, first impressions matter a lot. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Developing a Strong Professional Persona Does Not Mean Becoming Someone Else; PROJECTING A PROFESSIONAL PERSONA
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Your Professional Persona - Part II

Often, we label our mistakes as failures when all we've really done is make a simple mistake. Conversely, some things we see as harmless mistakes actually are disastrous failures in disguise. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Moving Forward: How to Overcome a Career Failure; How to deal best with failure and stress
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Understanding Your Role and Setting Boundaries

We now come to one of the more delicate subjects surrounding such a close one-on-one relationship between employer and employee, which is understanding your role or where you fit into the scheme of things. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Working Together; Where do assistants draw the line?
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Self-Care

This lesson will focus on caring for a personal assistant's most valuable asset--themselves. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Why Self Care Is So Important; Self-Care Strategies
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Travel

Chances are excellent your employer will require assistance with travel arrangements at some point during your tenure, so it's advisable to have more than a brief acquaintance with coordinating travel. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Differences between Butlers, House Managers and Personal Assistants
  • Take Poll: Traveling
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Managing a Household and Special Projects

Despite any personal life experience you may have with home management, looking after someone else's "great house" requires a different set of skills. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: 5 Easy To Use and Free Alternatives To Microsoft Access; Personal Database Apps; How to Create a Database in MySQL
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Creating Your Own Informational Database

Of all the tools of the trade, one of the best a personal assistant can have is a combination of the tangible and intangible, one you create yourself. It is your database. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: What's the best career path for an administrative assistant?; From EA to Anywhere: How to Get Promoted from Assistant-Level
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Life After a Personal Assistant Career

Even if a personal assistant practices good self-care and really enjoys the intense lifestyle, the fast pace, numerous responsibilities, and changing requirements become too much at some point. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Resources

In this final lesson, we'll provide you with resources to assist with many aspects of your PA career and beyond. 79 Total Points
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Exam 14
  • Complete: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what a personal assistant is.
  • Summarize skills and traits of a good personal assistant.
  • Describe how to embark on the PA career path.
  • Define tools of the trade.
  • Describe your professional persona.
  • Describe creating your own informational database, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Personal Assistant 101
Course Number: 9770435
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (576 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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