Introduction to Office Skills Diploma


This Diploma is designed for those who wish to gain an understanding of the variety of skills required in today’s busy office environment.

Diploma Description

All businesses need highly skilled staff and, with the continuing development of IT as part of every role, it is important when considering a career within an office environment that you have the right skills to do a variety of jobs. Much of the work in any business is carried out on a computer; whether it is typing letters, inputting data or booking appointments.

So, a working knowledge of Microsoft and other office skills are essential to give individuals a good understanding of what is required in today’s busy office. Whatever the role, a career in any office environment is both challenging and demanding and will give the individual a true insight into the many career paths that are available.

Learning these office skills is easy with Pitman Training. Our tried and trusted methods are the best available. You will work at your own pace in our comfortable premises, helped by experienced tutors as required. You choose your own hours and keep the reference materials when the course is over.

On completion, you will receive a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers.

Core Subjects - choose FOUR

Computer Keyboard Skills – Learn how to touch type accurately, using the correct keyboard technique


Keyboard Skills Development – Develop your typing speed to improve productivity using graded copying exercises and time dictations. A number of stages are available of up to 70 wpm

Windows XP - Learn the basic principls of the Windows XP operating system

Microsoft Word – Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Word Expert – Learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables.

Microsoft Excel –Introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Outlook – Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Microsoft PowerPoint – Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Health and Safety Essentials - Learn health and safety essentials, fire safety, manual handling, workstation safety and basic first aid

Communication at Work - Learn how to communicate effectively in the workplace using verbal and non-verbal communication. Understand the principles and structure of written communication.

Basic Book-keeping – gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of book-keeping. Learn how to maintain a cash book, petty cash book and reconcile a bank statement

Course Benefits

Equip you to start a new career

The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

Personalised workbooks to use as a reference guide on completion of your training

The opportunity to gain a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers

This Diploma provides you with the vital IT skills and professional office skills training to improve your employment opportunities and ensure you become a valuable asset to any business.

Guideline Learning Time

3 weeks full-time* (80 hours flexi study)

* full-time is based on approx 20-30 hour week