Become a Virtual Assistant

You will learn how to become a virtual assistant, including: what a virtual assistant does and how to provide virtual assistant services, how to develop your skills to succeed in a virtual assistant career, how to get hired for a job as a virtual assistant, and how to start your own virtual assistant business and get clients.

What Happens in the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course

The Virtual Assistant Certificate course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Virtual Assistant ). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Virtual Assistant Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Virtual Assistant Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Virtual Assistant Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Virtual Assistant Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

Introduction to Virtual Assistance

  • What is a Virtual Assistant?
  • Services Provided by a Virtual Assistant
  • Benefits of Being a Virtual Assistant

What a Virtual Assistant Does

  • Choosing Your Niche
  • How to Do a Client Consultation
  • Understanding Your Clients’ Learning Style
  • Evaluating Your Performance
  • Managing Your Time and Productivity
  • Setting Policies, Processes and Procedures
  • Working with Strategic Partners

Getting Hired for Subcontract Work

  • Who Hires Subcontractors
  • How to Find Telecommuting Opportunities
  • Job-Hunting Materials
  • Interviews

Starting Your Own Business

  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Financial Matters
  • Working with Support Staff

Getting Clients

  • Choosing Your Target Markets
  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Selling Your Services
  • Meeting with a Prospective Client
  • Client Contracts

What Is Included in the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course

This all-inclusive Virtual Assistant Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Virtual Assistants for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Virtual Assistant Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Virtual Assistant (e-book edition)

Register for the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course

$149.00
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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

SPRING SPECIAL: This all-inclusive registration package for the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course is priced as only $149.00 for the April 22, 2024 course.

Register today for the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

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About a Career as a Virtual Assistant

If you have ever worked in an office, you may have spent countless hours commuting, dealing with office politics, and working long hours for little financial reward or appreciation.

If this sounds familiar—or if you are seeking interesting new challenges, higher pay, or more flexibility and freedom in your life — becoming a virtual assistant could be your dream career.

Instead of going into an employer’s office to work, you work “virtually” from the comfort of your own home or another location of your choice.

You might choose to work for prestigious corporate clients who have an increasing need for virtual assistants because of downsizing and outsourcing of jobs.

Or you might choose to provide virtual assistant services for busy professionals such as authors, entrepreneurs, real estate agents, doctors, or lawyers.

You might offer a variety of services such as appointment setting, bookkeeping, customer service, data entry, editing, event planning, human resources, legal assistance, medical transcription, proofreading, project management, public relations, research, web design, word processing, writing, or anything else clients need help with. The choice is yours!

The one thing I wish I had known before I started my virtual assistant business was how amazing being an entrepreneur and a business owner can be. I wish I had done this sooner. It has allowed me the freedom to choose to do what I want, for who I want, when I want.
Kate Kerans, Kerans Virtual Assistance (Kate is one of the VAs who share advice in the guide)

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Do Virtual Assistants Make?
    Your fees as a VA will vary based on your specialization, level of experience, and unique skills, as well as the industry and types of clients you are targeting. Some VAs earn over $100 per hour – but more typically the range falls somewhere between $25 and $60 per hour. Virtual assistants who offer general office support services only are more likely to earn toward the lower end of the scale, while those who have experience in specialized areas such as internet marketing, web design, medical, legal, or real estate fields typically charge higher fees.
  • What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
    As a virtual assistant, you might choose to work for prestigious corporate clients who have an increasing need for virtual assistants because of downsizing and outsourcing of jobs. Or you might choose to provide virtual assistant services for busy professionals such as authors, entrepreneurs, real estate agents, doctors, or lawyers. You might offer a variety of services such as appointment setting, bookkeeping, customer service, data entry, editing, event planning, human resources, legal assistance, medical transcription, proofreading, project management, public relations, research, web design, word processing, writing, or anything else clients need help with. The choice is yours!
  • How Do I Become a Virtual Assistant?
    Earning a certificate as a virtual assistant will equip you with the principles and techniques for starting and running your own virtual assistant business and becoming a professional virtual assistant. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • What is the Virtual Assistant Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Virtual Assistant Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional virtual assistant. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.