Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP)

The Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP) is a chartered, non-profit, Canadian association. We strive to provide administrative professionals the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive by encouraging all members to add to their individual competencies, advance their leadership skills, realize their value in the workplace and community and have confidence to excel in their careers.

The AAP offers the Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) certificate and designation. The CCAP program is a certificate program for administrative professionals. To earn the CCAP designation, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be an AAP member for at least one year.
  2. Enroll in the CCAP program.
  3. Provide verification that you possess a minimum of five years’ work experience in an administrative role or three years with a BA.
  4. Provide verification that you also possess a good balance of the AAP core competencies, which are in the areas of business management, technology, leadership/organizational skills and communication/interpersonal skills.
  5. Complete seven courses at accredited universities and colleges across Canada, consisting of four compulsory courses and three elective courses.

Members enrolled in the CCAP program may complete some or all of their requirements with Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies as follows:

AAP Compulsory Courses

Equivalent Continuing Studies Course

Business English

Organizational Behaviour

Supervision / Management Studies

Human Resources Management

No equivalent

Elective Courses (choose one from each group)

Equivalent Continuing Studies Course

Technology/Computer Skills (choose one):

Computer Technology — advanced courses in Excel, Access, etc.

No equivalent

Social media

No equivalent

Website design / Management

No equivalent

Business Operations (choose one):

Business or Commercial Law

Business Law   (MGMT360)


Economic Theory   (MGMT230)

Financial Accounting


Marketing Management   (MGMT240)


No equivalent

Public Relations

No equivalent


No equivalent

Project/Event Management (choose one):

Event Management

No equivalent

Project Management

CCAP Certification Renewal

CCAP graduates must complete a certification renewal process every three years, based on a credits system. Credits are awarded by completing professional development programs, attending AAP meetings and events, working in the administrative profession, community involvement and more. Earn 40 certification renewal credits in the three-year renewal period to meet the criteria. For more information, visit AAP or contact the CCAP National Coordinator at

AAP Contact

For more information on the Association of Administrative Professionals, how to become a member, where our branches are, the CCAP designation and more, visit the AAP website or email the National Director – Registrar at