What You Need To Become An Office Administrator

Thinking of becoming an office administrator? Here's what you need to know. Office Administrators can work within the formal and informal commercial sectors as well as the non-commercial sector.


Office administration involves you managing common office environments and leadership and communication skills are therefore important. If you find yourself to be a good leader who communicates well, office administration might be for you. Here's all you need to know about becoming a boilermaker.

There are many office administration opportunities in South Africa.

What do Office Administrators do?

Office administration involves the oversight of daily activities within an office. 

What skills and abilities are required to become an Office Administrator?

  • Supervisory skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Good organisation skills

What are the duties of an Office Administrator?

  • Organising files;
  • Answering telephone calls and responding to e-mails
  • Sorting mail
  • Helping with inventory (stock) control
  • Secretarial duties
  • Supervising and coordinating activities of staff
  • Oversight of junior staff
  • Interacting with clients

Where can I study to become an Office Administrator?

TVET Colleges offer courses to become an Office Administrator. Through these programmes, you can develop the skills you need and become qualified. 

Visit the TVET Colleges website for more on South Africa's TVET Colleges.

How do I become an Office Administrator?

To become qualified as an Office Administrator, you will need to do a Business Studies course in Office Administration at a TVET College.

These programmes are designed to provide both the theory and practice of Office Administration. The practical component of the study may be offered in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment. It will provide students with an opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study.

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