There are no items in your cart

News & Resources

CCAP Vs. CCAPA: Two Administrative Designations Compared

08 Jun, 2021 | Certification | Return|

When it comes to getting certified as an administrative professional, there are many different paths you can take – two of those being the CCAP Designation and the CCAPA Designation from the Association of Administrative Professionals (the AAP).

Deciding which one is right for you ultimately comes down to your budget and the amount of time you can give to earning a designation, but we can give you all the information you need to decide which is best for you.

Within each designation we will compare:

  • Level of Education
  • Cost
  • Course Requirements
  • Work experience
  • Membership
  • Time to Complete
  • Renewal

By the end of this article, you should have no problem deciding which direction to take. Before we get into some of the more detailed comparisons, however, lets get a quick overview of what the two designations are.

What is the CCAP Designation?

CCAP stands for Canadian Certified Administrative Professional.

The CCAP designation is designed for administrators who have experience working as an administrator and can demonstrate the skills, expertise, and real-world know-how demanded of today’s administrative professional careers. Candidates should be generally familiar with the Five Centres of Expertise and can thoroughly demonstrate expertise in their field.

Canadian Certified Administrative Professionals can successfully show that they have expertise in their field and are committed to keeping their skills up to date.

What is the CCAPA Designation?

CCAPA stands for Canadian Certified Administrative Professional Associate.

The CCAPA designation recognizes the skills, expertise, and real-world know-how of today’s administrative professionals. Are you an Office Assistant who keeps your company’s day-to-day running smoothly, or a data entry clerk who organizes and stores data for a company? Perhaps you’re a receptionist responsible for answer phone calls, running important errands, drafting letters, and welcoming guests into the office – essentially you are the face of the company.

Whatever your role the CCAPA credential is designed for individuals who have some experience as an administrative professional and continuously look for ways to assist their professional development by getting even more from additional skills and capabilities.

CCAP Vs. CCAPA

Now that you have a basic idea of the two designations, lets dive deeper into some of the key differences to give you a better idea of which path is best for you.

Level of Education + Work Experience
 

CCAP

CCAPA

There is no minimum number of years of experience to enroll in the CCAP program. Experience can be accumulated while you are working through the program.

 

However, to be awarded the certificate you must have a minimum of five years’ work experience or three years’ experience if you have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

There is no minimum number of years of experience to enroll in the CCAPA program. Experience can be accumulated while you are working through the program.

 

However, to be awarded the certification you must have a minimum of three years’ work experience or two years’ experience if you have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

 

Generally, it is recommended that if you have already obtained a BBA then you would be more suited to the CCAP Designation, whereas someone with some experience but no degree might be better suited to start with the CCAPA Designation. It can also be noted that you can start with the CCAPA Designation and continue on to earn the CCAP Designation later. You will need to complete the missing courses that provide credit for the Leadership Centre of Expertise through one of the AAP’s educational partners.

Cost Breakdown
 

CCAP

CCAPA

Enrollment fee

$200

Enrollment fee

$200

Courses and related school fees

Set by college or university

Individual courses

$399 each

 

 

Exam fee

$249

 

 

CCAPA Bundle Package

$1899*

 

*The CCAPA Bundle includes first year membership free, 4 courses and exam fee included.

Course Requirements
 

CCAP

CCAPA

Courses cover the five Centres of Expertise. Seven courses are required to complete the CCAP program consisting of four compulsory courses and three elective courses.
 

Compulsory:

  • Communications
    • Business Writing
  • Leadership/Management
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Management/Supervision Studies
    • Human Resource Management

Electives:

  • Project Management (choose one)
    • Project Management
    • Event Management
  • Technology/Computer Skills (choose one)
    • Social Media
    • Website Design/Management
  • Business Operations (choose one)
    • Financial Accounting
    • Statistics
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Economics

 

Courses cover the four Centres of Expertise. There are four courses required to complete the CCAPA program consisting of one compulsory course and three elective courses. Courses are taken through the AAP’s online portal. Courses can be taken in any order.
 

Compulsory:

  • Communications
    • Business Writing

Electives:

  • Project Management (choose one)
    • Project Management
    • Event Management
  • Technology/Computer Skills (choose one)
    • Social Media
    • Website Design/Management
    • Advanced levels of Microsoft Programs (certification as Microsoft Expert is accepted)
  • Business Operations (choose one)
    • Financial Accounting
    • Statistics
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Economics

 

 

Work Competencies to be Validated
 

CCAP

CCAPA

Work competencies must be verified by a current or previous supervisor (or someone in a position to professionally confirm) that the CCAP student has demonstrated expertise in each of the five categories in a work component equaling a minimum of two working years.

Work competencies must be verified by a current or previous supervisor (or someone in a position to professionally confirm) that the CCAPA student has demonstrated expertise in each of the four categories in a work component equaling a minimum of two working years.

 

Membership
 

CCAP

CCAPA

You must be a member of the AAP for a minimum of one full year before obtaining the CCAP designation.

All applicants wishing to register as a CCAPA student must already be a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals. There is no minimum requirement other than to join to association.

 

Time to Complete
 

CCAP

CCAPA

Dependent on workload and university and college course start dates.

There are no start and end dates for the online courses, they are 100% self-study and can be completed whenever the student has time to allocate to their studies.

 

Renewal

To renew the designation, you must pay the renewal fee ($100 every three years) and earn certification renewal credits over a three-year period.

CCAP

CCAPA

40 credits

30 credits

 

So, which is right for you?

If you have the time and the budget to take the required university or college courses, we would recommend the CCAP Designation.

If you’re on a tighter budget or need a more flexible schedule but still want to get certified, the CCAPA Designation is the right choice for you.

Related

Stay in the loop

Spam-free insight direct to your inbox.

Name

CCAPA Certification from Think Training in Partnership with the AAP

THINK TRAINING

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AAP

Certification

Overview

Courses

Pricing

FAQ