IAAP – CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional)



SELECT Training – CAP® (Certified Adminsitrative Professional) Exam Preparation Course aims to provide delegates with an overview and understanding of the benefits of earning and maintaining this certification, its requirements and exam format. The course also aims to provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the content of the CAP Body of Knowledge and strategies to help them pass the exam.

About IAAP – CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional)

The CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional) is a professional certification geared towards office and administrative professionals. It is the only recognised professional certification in the administrative field that encompasses all areas of the profession. Earning and maintaining this Certification credentials demonstrates the person’s aptitude as an administrative and office support professional.

Earning and maintaining CAP is a three-step process:

1. Certification Eligibility

  • No college degree – 4 years of relevant experience is required
  • Associate degree – 3 years of relevant experience is required
  • Bachelor’s degree – 2 years of relevant experience is required

2. Exam Overview

  • A written 300-multiple-choice format
  • Approximately 3½ hours to comple
  • Delivered via assessment system’s approved computerised testing centers
  • Based on the CAP Body of Knowledge, which has Six Domains
    • Organizational Communication (24%)
    • Business Writing and Document Production (22%)
    • Technology and Information Distribution (16%)
    • Office and Records Management (15%)
    • Event and Project Management (12%)
    • Operational Functions (11%)
  • 3. Re-certification Requirements

    • Maintain professional development points
      • Average 12 per year = 36 points for 3 years
    • Three categories
      • Professional development
      • Industry-specific professional development
      • Leadership

Programme Duration

  • Three-Day IAAP – CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional) Overview Programme
  • Modular IAAP – CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional) Intensive Programme
    • Organizational Communication (24%) 5 days
    • Business Writing and Document Production (22%) 5 days
    • Technology and Information Distribution (16%) 3 days
    • Office and Records Management (15%) 3 days
    • Event and Project Management (12%) 2 days
    • Operational Functions (11%) 2 days

Domain One: Organisational Communication

PO 1: Describe the concepts and applications of communication, management, and leadership models/theories within organisations.

  • Identify the various types of communication (written, verbal, nonverbal, interpersonal, group, public) and which is the most effective for different business situations
  • Describe management/leadership theories and how they relate to effective organisational communication

PO 2: Describe the process of effective interaction with internal and external stakeholders of an organisation.

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and proficiency in managing and resolving conflict within an organisation

PO 3: Recognise the importance and utilisation of professional networking.

  • Describe how networking (both in-person and virtual) has changed the way people find jobs and companies recruit new employees

PO 4: Demonstrate an understanding of team dynamics within organisations.

  • Identify the different types of teams and describe their purpose
  • Describe the specific kinds of dynamics within teams and how they can be managed
  • Demonstrate knowledge in effective decision making, communication, and team building

PO 5: Describe the positive and negative types of interpersonal interactions existing within an organisation.

  • Explain how human motivation affects organisational dynamics
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the differences between managing and leading
  • Explain the dynamics of mentorship and coaching, including the effect on performance

PO 6: Demonstrate knowledge in the techniques of creating and giving presentations.

  • Describe how to apply methods of coping with communication anxiety
  • Identify the different types of presentations and appropriate usage of each
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to prepare for and deliver a presentation

PO 7: Demonstrate the ability to conduct business with diverse cultures.

  • Describe international business practices with regard to cultural norms and rituals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of multicultural communication in today’s workplace

PO 8: Demonstrate a basic knowledge in organisational structure, systems, and strategies including their role in productivity and effective management.

  • Describe the parts of a strategic plan and how it affects organisation performance
  • Define various organisation management systems that examine productivity (such as Six Sigma and TQM)

PO 9: Describe how confidentiality, legality, and ethics are important for the functioning of an organisation.

  • Understand basic employer and employees’ rights with regard to legality

Domain Two: Business Writing And Document Production

PO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of terminology associated with business writing and document production.

  • Identify the different functions of correspondence, documents, and reports within an organization
  • Describe which method is best for creating and distributing reports and documents within an organization
  • Identify best practices for developing business communications such as research, audience analysis, and composition

PO 2: Exhibit proficiency in proofreading and editing documents.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of document readability for business communication
  • Identify and describe the most important steps when editing and proofreading
  • Apply the basics of copy editing for various types of documents

PO 3:Demonstrate proficiency in the use of grammar, spelling, and sentence construction.

  • Demonstrate ability to apply basic rules of English grammar, especially spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence construction

PO 4: Describe the steps required to create and edit different types of business documents

  • Demonstrate an ability to determine and develop materials for the appropriate audience for different types of business documents
  • Exhibit knowledge of which software applications are appropriate to produce common business documents (e.g., MS Word, Google Docs, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in spreadsheet creation, including simple formulas and data manipulation
  • Understand the application and use of presentation software (e.g., MS PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)

PO 5: Describe the features and tools used in desktop publishing for newsletter, flyers, etc.

  • Exhibit knowledge of desktop design software including features and functions
  • Identify important aspects of layout and design
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with online tools for web publishing • Recognize basic graphic design tools for office and web publishing

PO 6: Identify the necessary elements needed to create and present effective charts and graphs.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of software applications used to create, format, and insert charts, tables, and graphs into business documents and

PO 7: Identify the important elements necessary for finishing a document (e.g., binding, collation, stapling, coloring, graphics, etc.)

  • Describe the key differences and requirements for electronic versus hard-copy output of documents

PO 8: Demonstrate proficiency in the creation of minutes for meetings.

  • Identify how to prepare minutes for a meeting, capturing the essence of agenda items and actions taken

Domain Three: Technology and Information Distribution

PO 1: Describe the process of information distribution within an office environment.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in how to organize distribution lists for various types of communications

PO 2: Identify the important differences between traditional and electronic distribution of information.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency of different email interface types
  • Know which software and technology is available for distributing information

PO 3: Identify copyright laws, regulations regarding intellectual property, and ways to maintain confidentiality when distributing information.

  • Identify proper attribution of quotations from published documents

PO 4: Describe the process and techniques of gathering, compiling, and analyzing data.

  • Exhibit knowledge of which software applications are appropriate for compiling, storing, and analyzing data
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of which data are appropriate to collect and why
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in creating a well-organized report with regard to organization and data visualization

PO 5: Demonstrate knowledge in the use of the Internet, including social media, as a way of distributing information.

  • Identify and describe the important characteristics of sending email (e.g., etiquette, attachments, formatting, etc.)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in social media usage and etiquette
  • Exhibit knowledge of which social media applications are appropriate for a specific task and how to use them

PO 6: Demonstrate basic knowledge in the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of both equipment and software.

  • Identify various computer hardware used in an office
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic office software and functions
  • Identify available online resources for equipment and software training and usage

PO 7: Demonstrate basic knowledge in the use of different types of computer systems.

  • Identify potential issues with compatibility of different operating systems, such as Microsoft and Apple

PO 8: Describe common ways of storing and transferring data and the types of media appropriate for each.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in identifying file types and the appropriate ways of converting documents
  • Exhibit knowledge of software programs used for document conversion
  • Identify and describe common procedures of backing up electronic information and databases, including cloud storage

PO 9: Explain appropriate security procedures for maintaining, backing up, and storing information.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues regarding the storing of electronic information

Domain Four: Office and Records Management

PO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of basic terminology associated with records management using ARMA Guidelines.

  • Prove knowledge of terms such as metadata, records retention, and data archiving
  • Demonstrate familiarity with terms used by ARMA and general records management

PO 2: Identify the key advantages and disadvantages of electronic and manual (paper) file management based on ARMA Guidelines.

  • Demonstrate usage of both paper and electronic filing systems as appropriate based on access requirements and organizational needs

PO 3: Demonstrate knowledge of both electronic and manual (paper) filing rules and standards based on ARMA Guidelines.

  • Describe types of electronic files, naming conventions, options for accessing, and methods of altering information
  • Exhibit knowledge of available software, systems, and services for electronic filing
  • Describe the different methods for creating, storing, and retaining files

PO 4: Identify the appropriate security for both electronic and manual files.

  • Identify the key laws regarding record storage and confidentiality
  • Describe both the strengths and weaknesses of types of record and file security

PO 5: Demonstrate knowledge of file retrieval, maintenance, and retention.

  • Describe how to develop a record retention schedule for both electronic and paper files

PO 6: Identify appropriate ergonomics for a productive personal workspace.

  • Describe the significant elements of workspaces and why they are important to efficient and effective working conditions

PO 7: Demonstrate knowledge of resources necessary to efficiently manage an office.

  • Describe the steps in placing and receiving supply orders
  • Describe the process of creating and distributing an RFP (Request for Proposal)

PO 8: Identify the important methods of checking and maintaining office supplies.

  • Identify the steps involved in creating inventory lists
  • Recognize types of software appropriate for maintaining inventory

PO 9: Demonstrate knowledge of functioning in a virtual office.

  • Identify both the advantages and disadvantages of virtual offices versus traditional offices

Domain Five: Event and Project Management

PO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of basic terminology associated with event management.

  • Identify the necessary elements in planning events ranging from internal meetings to external conferences

PO 2: Demonstrate proficiency in travel preparation.

  • Describe the necessary elements for planning and organizing travel, both domestically and internationally

PO 3: Describe the key requirements for meetings both in person and virtual.

  • Describe the steps required in the organization and planning of professional meetings
  • Exhibit knowledge of which software applications are appropriate for online meetings

PO 4: Demonstrate knowledge in prioritizing and delegating elements of a project from planning to implementation.

  • Identify and describe the important techniques of time management from the planning stage to the implementation of a project
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate the skills and competencies of others for project delegation

PO 5: Describe the steps required in organizing, planning, and managing a project.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in prioritizing and organizing work tasks
  • Identify which software and technology tools are appropriate for managing a project
  • Demonstrate knowledge of negotiating, budget review, and bill explanation when organizing a project

Domain Six: Operational Functions

PO 1: Demonstrate knowledge in the duties and processes of human resources.

  • Identify different forms of harassment in the workplace
  • Describe the ways to address employee situations professionally and legally
  • Identify approaches to and the importance of following organizational policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and purpose for performance evaluations

PO 2: Describe the various methods of recruitment, staffing, and hiring practices.

  • Define different interview types and processes
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine the staffing requirements of an organization

PO 3: Recognize why cultural and generational diversity is important for organizations.

  • Describe how differing cultural and generational perspectives can benefit an organization
  • Identify what should be included in diversity training within an organization

PO 4: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the procedures involved in onboarding and offboarding employees within organizations.

  • Describe the process of scheduling orientation and completing required paperwork

PO 5: Identify basic terminology associated with the financial functions of the organization.

  • Distinguish between terms such as assets, liabilities, overhead, and balance sheet
  • Describe the key differences between a budget, a profit and loss statement, and a statement of cash flow

PO 6: Demonstrate a knowledge of budgets and financial statements.

  • Describe how to track electronic credits and debits on bank statements
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in how to read a financial statement
  • Describe the process of creating, tracking, and balancing a budget
  • Identify the procedures and management of handling petty cash

PO 7: Identify important elements of the banking process and transactions.

  • Identify the appropriate forms for depositing, withdrawing, and transferring cash
  • Describe how to record, report, and document cash and checks
  • Describe safe and secure money-handling procedures

Programme Methodology

Facilitator-Led Workshop
  • Presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Individual tasks
  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Training DVDs
  • Video evaluation
  • Group activities
  • Individual activities
  • Training games
  • Action planning
  • Physical tasks
  • Experiential learning activities
  • Presentations
  • Group challenges and competitions
Pre-course Assessment*
  • Knowledge and skills related to the content
  • English Language
  • Psychometric
Practice-Based Project*
  • Performance on an individual task
  • Performance within a team
  • Facilitator-led professional discussions, advising, coaching and/or mentoring sessions
  • A real work task assigned by the participant’s direct line manager and facilitator to observe and conduct professional discussions to address any challenges.
  • Follow-up day where participates display application of concepts learned
Guided Self-Study*
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Answering case studies
  • Reading journals
  • Documented and verified professional discussions and feedback sessions

Practice Exam*

* Optional when booking Modular IAAP – CAP® (Certified Administrative Professional) Intensive Programme

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