Secretarial Studies (New Version)






Administration, commerce et informatique

Number of credits


Number of contact hours allotted for specific training

1485 Hours


Program approuved in 2016.
Optional implementation in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
Mandatory in 2018-2019.

Old version

Secretarial Studies

This program of study prepares a candidate to be a secretary. As part of their daily tasks, secretaries independantly assume the administrative tasks necessary to support managers and professionals. Their responsibilities vary according to the type and size of the company they work for. They are resource persons in their work environment and act as liaisons between different services in their company.

Secretarial tasks consist of entering texts and data into a computer, editing documents and designing presentations, spreadsheets, visual design of documents, with or without directions. Furthermore, secretaries can edit, put together documents that are entered by another person and translate texts. They correct texts, do layouts, collate and distrubute documents. Secretaries must also assure the quality of documents produced by proofreading for spelling, syntax and grammar.

In addition to producing quality documents, secretaries also perform the following tasks: provide customer service; follow up on business correspondance; organise meetings and events, large and small; perform document management by opening, filing and keeping files up to date by traditional means as well as digital; provide technical support on occasion for using equipment and integrating new employees; keep agendas up to date and making and confirming appointments; contribute to the office supplies; perform accounting tasks such as bookkeeping, bank deposits as well as follow up on supplier and client accounts and updating the information diffused on Internet sites and social media.

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

CS Central Québec
Vocational training centre

C.F. Eastern Québec

GroupStatusD/WStart date
D/WSep 24, 2018
Lester-B.-Pearson SB
Vocational training centre

West Island Career Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DAug 28, 2018
DFeb 01, 2019
DFeb 01, 2019
DAug 28, 2018

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Job titles

Program content

Number or codeCourse Name / CompetencyHours
960501Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process15
960515Proofread the spelling and grammar of English texts75
960526Perform word processing tasks90
960534Ensure the quality of written English60
960544Provide customer service60
960554Perform document management60
960562Produce spreadsheets30
960572Design presentations30
960584Write business texts in English60
960596Carry out accounting operations90
960605Produce business correspondence75
960613Create databases45
960623Handle cash45
960635Translate texts75
960644Produce tables and charts60
960656Prepare the visual design of documents90
960666Write and format business texts in French90
960672Update information published on digital media30
960683Interact in French in a business setting45
960695Follow up on business correspondence75
960704Carry out activities related to the organization of meetings and events60
960714Produce reports60
960722Provide technical support30
960733Coordinate multiple tasks45
960746Enter the workforce90