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Pitman Training specialises in supported distance learning, and our support teams are available at each of 15 centres nationwide to help. We will provide everything you need to upskill and secure a recognised qualification! You can complete all your training from home now and you also have the opportunity to train later at your local training centre. We have no hidden fees and you have 12 months to train.

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CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATE: We are here to help. If you are at home during this challenging time, this is your opportunity!

Pitman Training specialises in supported distance learning, and our support teams are available at each of 15 centres nationwide to help. We will provide everything you need to upskill and secure a recognised qualification! You can complete all your training from home now and you also have the opportunity to train later at your local training centre. We have no hidden fees and you have 12 months to train.

Get in touch now by calling freephone 1800 532 632 or click here. Your local Pitman Training support team are available to answer your questions and help you enrol now!

Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma

This diploma is for anyone wanting to work as a Virtual Assistant (VA). You will gain excellent skills to help you provide a good service but also skills required to be able to run and market your own business.

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Is this for you?

Get the skills required to get to a job you’ll love!

If you’re looking to become a Virtual Assistant and offer a flexible office support service from the comfort of your own home office, this is absolutely the best Diploma choice for you. This role can be really wide ranging and as you’ll be working with a number of different clients, often no two days are the same. 

 

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 130 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date

Flexible

Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type

diploma

Duration

130 hours or 5 weeks full-time study

About this diploma

Become an invaluable resource from your own home.

A Virtual Assistant (VA) can often be a saviour to a sole trader or small business. When it’s essential to keep overheads as low as possible, utilising the services of a Virtual Assistant is one of the most sensible business decisions they might make. 

Working for yourself as a Virtual Assistant offers a unique and varied career opportunity. You’ll be your own boss, so be able to set your working patterns as you wish. Many businesses don’t need a full-time PA or Administrator so, rather than pay out a monthly salary, they will often utilise the services of a VA on an as and when basis and pay simply for what they need. 

The areas you offer support a business with are varied. You might help them deal with their admin and general office workload, manage their social media accounts or maintain the company’s financial records, it all depends on what their needs are. This offers a great variety to keep the days interesting.

With the flexible method of study available, you can study this Diploma whenever suits you in any of our handy local centres.

  • Flexible training which fits around your commitments
  • Support on hand from our friendly course advisors
  • Get the skills and confidence you need to achieve your career goals!

Aims and Objectives

This diploma will give you the skills required to be able to offer a great VA service to your clients. You’ll cover all the essential areas a VA will need to know such as Microsoft Office and Business Document Production but also gain valuable marketing and project management knowledge to give you a wide skillset.

Courses Included

In addition to the core courses listed below you also choose an additional 4 social media courses from a list which includes: Social Media Strategy for Business, Facebook for Business, Twitter for Business, Introduction to Google Website Tools, LinkedIn for Business, Video for Business, Blogging for Business, Pinterest for Business, Instagram for Business and SEO for Business. 

Marketing Essentials

Over four lessons you’ll cover topics such as understanding what a marketing plan is, how to carry out appropriate research, how websites are designed to market a company, effective advertising and the four P’s of marketing products.

Understanding Business Accounts in Ireland

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business.

Introduction to Irish Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in the basics of business structure and law.

VA Essentials

If you’re thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant, our VA Essentials course will help give you a rounded overview of what is involved in running your own business as a Virtual Assistant. 

Project Management Fundamentals

Split into four engaging parts, this course takes you through the full life cycle of a project in terms of defining what it is, planning every aspect, implementation, completion and evaluation of a project. 

Effective Online Communication

Communication is a key, must-have skill in today’s employment market. This short online course will help prove to employers that you’re able to communicate confidently and effectively online to different audiences.

 

WordPress for Business

Our online WordPress for Business training course is specifically designed for those wishing to learn how to create a business-focused website. You’ll learn about designing a site and how to physically create a website. 

 

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, you also choose two additional elective courses. Below is a list of recommended courses but there is a wider list available. Please speak to a Course Advisor for full details of how best to tailor this Diploma to your requirements.

Bookkeeping - Module 1

People with strong bookkeeping skills are always in demand. This course is designed to give you an advantage over others with less experience, teaching you double-entry bookkeeping.

Excel

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level and you can choose which version you'd like to study; 2013 or 2010. Over 10 self-paced lessons you'll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

Outlook

This flexible study Outlook course takes you through everything you need to use this popular email system as a work tool, from navigation and views through contacts and appointments, to tasks and folders.

Word

Our Microsoft Word course is designed to provide you with the essential skills you will need to be proficient in Word, in a work environment, in as short a time as possible. 

Successful Meetings and Minutes

Taking clear and accurate minutes is a core task for any office admin, secretarial or PA job. This course will teach you all of the skills and techniques you need to take the stress out of minute taking. 

Time Management

Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency - and this is the perfect time management course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time. 

Payroll - Manual & Computerised

Pitman Training Ireland is delighted to bring you this comprehensive Payroll training course, which provides a thorough introduction to Payroll Principles in the Manual Section, and in the Computerised Section you create real life payroll scenarios using Sage Micropay software. 

Sales Training

This is an online sales training course. It contains eight modules covering subjects such as the laws and ethics of selling, using market information, preparing and delivering a sales presentation to handling objections and negotiating. 

SpeedWriting

Our SpeedWriting course is a new way to learn the BakerWrite™ SpeedWriting system in just six hours. It will help you accurately record the spoken word, to speeds over 40 wpm.

Audio Transcription Level 1

Audio Transcription is a valuable skill to gain, with applications in many industry sectors. This course will help you learn how to operate audio transcribing equipment and become proficient in document transcription.

 

Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites required for this diploma.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 

 

Self-Funded: 

  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

 

 

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

 

 

Career Path

This diploma is quite specific in that it aims to help you get the skills required to work as a Virtual Assistant and make use of your entrepreneurial spirit that is required to run your own business. 

Virtual Assistant (VA) Diploma Training Centres

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Carlow Pitman Training Carlow, First Floor, 1 Tullow Street, Carlow Town Enquire &
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Cork Pitman Training Cork, Unit 4, Airport East Business & Technology Park, Cork Enquire &
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Dublin Pitman Training Dublin, 3 Westland Square, Pearse Street, Dublin Enquire &
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Dundalk Pitman Training Dundalk, First Floor, Ramparts Shopping Centre, The Ramparts, Dundalk, Co Louth Enquire &
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Galway Pitman Training Galway, Centrepoint, Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway Enquire &
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Kerry Pitman Training Kerry, 2nd Floor Davcon Building, Monavalley Business Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry Enquire &
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Limerick Pitman Training Limerick, Unit 8 Chapel Court, Cathedral Place, Limerick Enquire &
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Maynooth Pitman Training Maynooth, Unit H 11 - First Floor, Maynooth Business Campus, Straffan Road, Maynooth Enquire &
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Mullingar Pitman Training Mullingar, Castle House, Castle Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Enquire &
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Naas Pitman Training Naas, Monread Shopping Centre, Monread Road, Naas Enquire &
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Sligo Pitman Training Sligo, Abbey House, JFK Parade, Sligo Enquire &
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Swords Pitman Training Swords, Chamber Buildings, North Street, Swords, Co.Dublin Enquire &
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Wexford Pitman Training Wexford, Unit 10, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford Town Enquire &
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Waterford Pitman Training Waterford, Unit 630C, Northern Extension, IDA Business Park, Cleaboy Road, Waterford Enquire &
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Laois Pitman Training Laois, Kea-Lew Business Park, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois, Enquire &
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Carlow
Pitman Training Carlow, First Floor, 1 Tullow Street, Carlow Town R93 H7VO
Cork
Pitman Training Cork, Unit 4, Airport East Business & Technology Park, Cork T12 KW88
Dublin
Pitman Training Dublin, 3 Westland Square, Pearse Street, Dublin D02 N567
Dundalk
Pitman Training Dundalk, First Floor, Ramparts Shopping Centre, The Ramparts, Dundalk, Co Louth A91 R820
Galway
Pitman Training Galway, Centrepoint, Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway H91 RYD2
Kerry
Pitman Training Kerry, 2nd Floor Davcon Building, Monavalley Business Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 XY58
Limerick
Pitman Training Limerick, Unit 8 Chapel Court, Cathedral Place, Limerick V94 F6K2
Maynooth
Pitman Training Maynooth, Unit H 11 - First Floor, Maynooth Business Campus, Straffan Road, Maynooth W23 R9V4
Mullingar
Pitman Training Mullingar, Castle House, Castle Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 Y896
Naas
Pitman Training Naas, Monread Shopping Centre, Monread Road, Naas W91 YR12
Sligo
Pitman Training Sligo, Abbey House, JFK Parade, Sligo V94 YH6Y
Swords
Pitman Training Swords, Chamber Buildings, North Street, Swords, Co.Dublin K67 A347
Wexford
Pitman Training Wexford, Unit 10, Westpoint Business Park, Clonard, Wexford Town Y35 YX60
Waterford
Pitman Training Waterford, Unit 630C, Northern Extension, IDA Business Park, Cleaboy Road, Waterford X91 HY58
Laois
Pitman Training Laois, Kea-Lew Business Park, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois, R32 W0DT

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