Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Virtual Assistant

Individuals seeking to gain the administrative skills and technical knowledge needed to begin a career as a virtual personal assistant may want to consider the Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program offered though Penn Foster Career School. Learn more about this fully online career diploma program here.

Official Program Name:

Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's online Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to teach students the skills needed to help build a career as an online personal assistant. The courses cover the role of a virtual assistant and the steps for starting an online business as well as discuss how to find work and build a positive work history. Additional courses examine common technology and tools used by virtual assistants, including communicating through the Internet, creating presentations with PowerPoint, managing social media accounts, and utilizing search engine optimization. Students can also take a course on the nature of contract work, where they learn about setting rates, working with clients, managing bills, and time management.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster Career School supplies students with all required books, lessons, and learning aids. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Orientation to Virtual Assistant
  • Starting a Virtual Assistant Business
  • Written Communication and Presentations
  • Using Social Media and Web Tools
  • Managing Time and Clients
  • Working as a Contractor

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program could decide to continue their education through a related certificate or associate degree programs. These programs could help students gain advanced administrative skills or learn industry practices.

Some of the programs students may be interested in include:

  • Business Management Certificate
  • Human Resources Certificate
  • Associate Degree in Business Management
  • Associate Degree in Administrative Assisting

Career Paths:

After completing Penn Foster Career School's Virtual Assistant Career Diploma Program, students could be prepared to begin their path towards a career as a virtual assistant. Graduates could seek employment as independent contractors who provide services to a variety of clients, work as freelancers, or they could seek positions with virtual staffing agencies.

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