Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma

This diploma is for anyone wanting to work as a Virtual Assistant (VA). You will gain excellent skills to help you provide a good service but also skills required to be able to run and market your own business.

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Is this for you?

Get the skills required to get to a job you’ll love!

If you’re looking to become a Virtual Assistant and offer a flexible office support service from the comfort of your own home office, this is absolutely the best Diploma choice for you. This role can be really wide ranging and as you’ll be working with a number of different clients, often no two days are the same. 

 

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 130 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date

Flexible

Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type

diploma

Duration

130 hours or 5 weeks full-time study

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About this diploma

Become an invaluable resource from your own home.

A Virtual Assistant (VA) can often be a saviour to a sole trader or small business. When it’s essential to keep overheads as low as possible, utilising the services of a Virtual Assistant is one of the most sensible business decisions they might make. 

Working for yourself as a Virtual Assistant offers a unique and varied career opportunity. You’ll be your own boss, so be able to set your working patterns as you wish. Many businesses don’t need a full-time PA or Administrator so, rather than pay out a monthly salary, they will often utilise the services of a VA on an as and when basis and pay simply for what they need. 

The areas you offer support a business with are varied. You might help them deal with their admin and general office workload, manage their social media accounts or maintain the company’s financial records, it all depends on what their needs are. This offers a great variety to keep the days interesting.

With the flexible method of study available, you can study this Diploma whenever suits you in any of our handy local centres.

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly course advisors
  • Get the skills and confidence you need to achieve your career goals!

Aims and Objectives

This diploma will give you the skills required to be able to offer a great VA service to your clients. You’ll cover all the essential areas a VA will need to know such as Microsoft Office and Business Document Production but also gain valuable marketing and project management knowledge to give you a wide skillset.

Courses Included

In addition to the core courses listed below you also choose an additional 4 social media courses from a list which includes: Social Media Strategy for Business, Facebook for Business, Twitter for Business, Introduction to Google Website Tools, LinkedIn for Business, Video for Business, Blogging for Business and SEO for Business. 

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 market a company, effective advertising and the four P’s of marketing products.

Understanding Business Accounts

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business.

Introduction to Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in the basics of business structure and law.

VA Essentials

If you’re thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant, our VA Essentials course will help give you a rounded overview of what is involved in running your own business as a Virtual Assistant. 

Project Management Fundamentals

Split into four engaging parts, this course takes you through the full life cycle of a project in terms of defining what it is, planning every aspect, implementation, completion and evaluation of a project. 

Effective Online Communication

Communication is a key, must-have skill in today’s employment market. This short online course will help prove to employers that you’re able to communicate confidently and effectively online to different audiences.

 

WordPress for Business

Our online WordPress for Business training course is specifically designed for those wishing to learn how to create a business-focused website. You’ll learn about designing a site and how to physically create a website. 

 

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, you also choose two 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.

Audio Transcription Level 1

Audio Transcription is a valuable skill to gain, with applications in many industry sectors. This course will help you learn how to operate audio transcribing equipment and become proficient in document transcription.

 

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

This course will help you learn the processes and procedures involved in manual bookkeeping. You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping. Once you have completed this training, you will be well placed to go on to study computerised accounting. 

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

The course is perfect for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It’s the ideal intermediate bookkeeping course for those wanting to further develop their bookkeeping skills and want to learn the correct methods and techniques to be able to confidently manage the financial records for businesses or other organisations.

Speedwriting

Our SpeedWriting course is a new way to learn the BakerWrite™ SpeedWriting system in just six hours. It will help you accurately record the spoken word, to speeds over 40 wpm.

Time Management

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

Successful Meetings and Minutes

Taking clear and accurate minutes is a core task for any office admin, secretarial or PA job. This course will teach you all of the skills and techniques you need to take the stress out of minute taking. 

Outlook

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 through contacts and appointments, to tasks and folders.

Excel

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level. Over 10 self-paced lessons you'll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

Word

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, in as short a time as possible. 

Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites required for this diploma.

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: - 

 

Self-Funded: 

  • 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

This diploma is quite specific in that it aims to help you get the skills required to work as a Virtual Assistant and make use of your entrepreneurial spirit that is required to run your own business. 

Available Locations

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Aberdeen Pitman Training Aberdeen, 469 Union Street, Aberdeen Scotland Enquire &
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Birmingham Pitman Training Birmingham, Suite 16B Mclaren Building, Priory Queensway, Birmingham Midlands Enquire &
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Chesterfield Pitman Training Chesterfield, 1st Floor 37 Holywell Street, Chesterfield Midlands Enquire &
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City EC2 Pitman Training City EC2, Salisbury House, London Wall, London Enquire &
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Clapham Pitman Training Clapham, 2nd Floor, Polygon House, 18-20 Bromells Road, London - Clapham, London Enquire &
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Colchester Pitman Training Colchester, 2 St Johns Wynd, Colchester East Anglia Enquire &
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Crawley Pitman Training Crawley, No. 3 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley South East Enquire &
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Crewe and Nantwich Pitman Training Crewe and Nantwich, 2nd Floor, Nantwich Court, Hospital Street, Nantwich North West Enquire &
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Croydon Pitman Training Croydon, 2nd Floor, 19 Park Street, London - Croydon, London Enquire &
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Dover Pitman Training Dover, Victoria House, 1 Maison Dieu Road, Dover South East Enquire &
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Edinburgh Pitman Training Edinburgh, 4 Queen Street, First Floor, Buzzer 12, Edinburgh, Scotland Enquire &
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Enfield Pitman Training Enfield, 36-38 First Floor, London Road, London - Enfield, London Enquire &
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Glasgow Pitman Training Glasgow, 1st Floor, 82 Union Street, Glasgow, Scotland Enquire &
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Greenwich Pitman Training Greenwich, 133 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, London Enquire &
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Guildford Pitman Training Guildford, Stamford House, Woodbridge Road, Guildford South East Enquire &
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Hastings Pitman Training Hastings, Sussex Coast College, Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings South East Enquire &
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Hendon Pitman Training Hendon, 15 Watford Way, Hendon Central, Hendon London Enquire &
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High Holborn Pitman Training High Holborn, 3rd Floor, 4/4A Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury Square, London London Enquire &
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Notting Hill WE ARE CURRENTLY RELOCATING! Please give us a call to arrange to visit us at one of our London centres. 1st Floor United House, 9 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London London Enquire &
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Hounslow Pitman Training Hounslow, 3rd Floor, B301- B302 The Vista Centre, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow London Enquire &
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Inverness Pitman Training Inverness, 3rd Floor, 2 Baron Taylor's Street, Inverness, Scotland Enquire &
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Ipswich Pitman Training Ipswich, 12 Northgate Street, Ipswich East Anglia Enquire &
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Leeds Pitman Training Leeds, Leeds Media Centre, 21 Saville Mount, Leeds, North East Enquire &
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Liverpool Pitman Training Liverpool, Suite G01, Ground Floor, The Cotton Exchange Buildings, Bixteth Street, Liverpool, North West Enquire &
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Manchester Pitman Training Manchester, 2nd Floor, Richmond House, Bloom Street, Manchester, North West Enquire &
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Newcastle Pitman Training Newcastle, 2nd Floor, 10-13 Saville Row, Newcastle North East Enquire &
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Northampton Pitman Training Northampton, 4A Alfred Street, Rushden, Northampton Midlands Enquire &
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Nottingham Pitman Training Nottingham, Suite 50-51 Westminster Building, Theatre Square, Nottingham Midlands Enquire &
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Oxford Circus WE ARE CURRENTLY RELOCATING! Please give us a call to arrange to visit us at one of our London. 4th Floor, 50 Margaret Street, Oxford Circus, London London Enquire &
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Peterborough Pitman Training Peterborough, Trinity Court, Trinity Street, Peterborough East Anglia Enquire &
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Devon and Cornwall Pitman Training Devon and Cornwall, 58 New George Street, Plymouth South West Enquire &
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Reading Pitman Training Reading, Bowman House, 2/10 Bridge Street, Reading South East Enquire &
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Southampton Pitman Training Southampton, The Gallery, 1st Floor, 31 Eastgate Street, Southampton South East Enquire &
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Stratford Pitman Training Stratford, 44 Broadway, Old Stratford Shopping Centre, Stratford London Enquire &
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Swansea Pitman Training Swansea, 6th Floor, Alexandra House, 1 Alexandra Road Swansea Wales Enquire &
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Taunton Pitman Training Taunton, 50 North Street, Taunton South West Enquire &
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Warrington Pitman Training Warrington, Mayfield House, 84 Sankey Street, Warrington, North West Enquire &
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Watford Pitman Training Watford, Meridien House, 69-71 Clarendon Road, Watford London Enquire &
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Wembley Pitman Training Wembley, Hazel House, 1-3 Lancelot Road, Wembley London Enquire &
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Wetherby Pitman Training Wetherby, Deem House, Walkers Court, Audby Lane, Wetherby, North East Enquire &
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Worcester Pitman Training Worcester, 1st Floor Richardson House, 21-24 New Street, Worcester Midlands Enquire &
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York Pitman Training York, 9a Davygate, York, North East Enquire &
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Middlesbrough Pitman Training Middlesbrough, The Princess Alice, 69 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, North East Enquire &
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Leicester Pitman Training Leicester, Suite 15, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester Midlands Enquire &
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Bromley Kingfisher House Business Centre, 21-23 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent London Enquire &
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Eastleigh Pitman Training Eastleigh, Eastleigh Business Centre, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, South East Enquire &
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Milton Keynes Pitman Training Milton Keynes, 1 Radian Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes South East Enquire &
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Maidstone The Master's House, College Road, Maidstone South East Enquire &
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Aberdeen
Pitman Training Aberdeen, 469 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6DB
Belfast
2nd Floor, Andras House, 60 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BB
Birmingham
Pitman Training Birmingham, Suite 16B Mclaren Building, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR
Bishop's Stortford
Pitman Training Bishop's Stortford, Suite 3, 15 Market Square, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3UT
Brighton
Pitman Training Brighton, The Dock Hub, Wilbury Villas, Hove, BN3 6AH
Bristol
Pitman Training Bristol, Unit 9 Hide Market, Waterloo road, St Phillips, Bristol BS2 0PL
Cambridge
Pitman Training Cambridge, 2nd Floor St Andrews House, 59 St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3BZ
Canterbury
Pitman Training Canterbury, 1 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NY
Cardiff
Pitman Training Cardiff, 2nd Floor, 1-7 Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BS
Chelmsford
Pitman Training Chelmsford, 2 St Johns Court, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0JD
Chesterfield
Pitman Training Chesterfield, 1st Floor 37 Holywell Street, Chesterfield S41 7SH
City EC2
Pitman Training City EC2, Salisbury House, London Wall, EC2M 5QQ
Clapham
Pitman Training Clapham, 2nd Floor, Polygon House, 18-20 Bromells Road, London - Clapham, SW4 0BG
Colchester
Pitman Training Colchester, 2 St Johns Wynd, Colchester CO1 1WQ
Crawley
Pitman Training Crawley, No. 3 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley RH10 6AD
Crewe and Nantwich
Pitman Training Crewe and Nantwich, 2nd Floor, Nantwich Court, Hospital Street, Nantwich CW5 5RH
Croydon
Pitman Training Croydon, 2nd Floor, 19 Park Street, London - Croydon, CR0 1YD
Dover
Pitman Training Dover, Victoria House, 1 Maison Dieu Road, Dover CT16 1RW
Edinburgh
Pitman Training Edinburgh, 4 Queen Street, First Floor, Buzzer 12, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
Enfield
Pitman Training Enfield, 36-38 First Floor, London Road, London - Enfield, EN2 6ED
Glasgow
Pitman Training Glasgow, 1st Floor, 82 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 2QS
Greenwich
Pitman Training Greenwich, 133 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, SE8 3BU
Guildford
Pitman Training Guildford, Stamford House, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4QD
Hastings
Pitman Training Hastings, Sussex Coast College, Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings TN34 1BA
Hendon
Pitman Training Hendon, 15 Watford Way, Hendon Central, Hendon NW4 3JL
High Holborn
Pitman Training High Holborn, 3rd Floor, 4/4A Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2RP
Notting Hill
WE ARE CURRENTLY RELOCATING! Please give us a call to arrange to visit us at one of our London centres. 1st Floor United House, 9 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 3JY
Hounslow
Pitman Training Hounslow, 3rd Floor, B301- B302 The Vista Centre, 50 Salisbury Road, Hounslow TW4 6JQ
Inverness
Pitman Training Inverness, 3rd Floor, 2 Baron Taylor's Street, Inverness, IV1 1QL
Ipswich
Pitman Training Ipswich, 12 Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DB
Leeds
Pitman Training Leeds, Leeds Media Centre, 21 Saville Mount, Leeds, LS7 3HZ
Liverpool
Pitman Training Liverpool, Suite G01, Ground Floor, The Cotton Exchange Buildings, Bixteth Street, Liverpool, L3 9JR
Manchester
Pitman Training Manchester, 2nd Floor, Richmond House, Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3HZ
Newcastle
Pitman Training Newcastle, 2nd Floor, 10-13 Saville Row, Newcastle NE1 8JE
Northampton
Pitman Training Northampton, 4A Alfred Street, Rushden, Northampton NN10 9YS
Nottingham
Pitman Training Nottingham, Suite 50-51 Westminster Building, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 6LG
Oxford Circus
WE ARE CURRENTLY RELOCATING! Please give us a call to arrange to visit us at one of our London. 4th Floor, 50 Margaret Street, Oxford Circus, London W1W 8SB
Peterborough
Pitman Training Peterborough, Trinity Court, Trinity Street, Peterborough PE1 1DA
Devon and Cornwall
Pitman Training Devon and Cornwall, 58 New George Street, Plymouth PL1 1RR
Reading
Pitman Training Reading, Bowman House, 2/10 Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
Southampton
Pitman Training Southampton, The Gallery, 1st Floor, 31 Eastgate Street, Southampton SO14 3HB
Stratford
Pitman Training Stratford, 44 Broadway, Old Stratford Shopping Centre, Stratford E15 1XH
Swansea
Pitman Training Swansea, 6th Floor, Alexandra House, 1 Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5ED
Taunton
Pitman Training Taunton, 50 North Street, Taunton TA1 1LX
Warrington
Pitman Training Warrington, Mayfield House, 84 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SG
Watford
Pitman Training Watford, Meridien House, 69-71 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1DS
Watford
Pitman Training Watford, Meridien House, 69-71 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1DS
Wembley
Pitman Training Wembley, Hazel House, 1-3 Lancelot Road, Wembley HA0 2AJ
Wetherby
Pitman Training Wetherby, Deem House, Walkers Court, Audby Lane, Wetherby, LS22 7FD
Worcester
Pitman Training Worcester, 1st Floor Richardson House, 21-24 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DP
York
Pitman Training York, 9a Davygate, York, YO1 8QR
Middlesbrough
Pitman Training Middlesbrough, The Princess Alice, 69 Newport Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LA
Leicester
Pitman Training Leicester, Suite 15, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX
Bromley
Kingfisher House Business Centre, 21-23 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 1LT
Eastleigh
Pitman Training Eastleigh, Eastleigh Business Centre, Wessex House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9FD
Milton Keynes
Pitman Training Milton Keynes, 1 Radian Court, Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes MK5 8PJ
Maidstone
The Master's House, College Road, Maidstone ME15 6YF

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