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Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™)

Course summary
Length: 5 days
Language: English
Provider: BMTG (UK) Ltd plus
Course type: Open / Scheduled
Next available date: 12/02/2018 09:00 - Zanzibar
Course Dates
12/02/2018 09:00  (English)
26/02/2018 09:00  (English)
19/03/2018 09:00  (English)
24/09/2018 09:00  (English)

Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™)

The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™) 

also known as

The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant (ACEA™) 

International Certification

This Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™) course equips Executive Assistants with the skills and knowledge to meet the increasingly demanding roles that are expected of them in the modern corporate environment.

ACEPA™ is fast becoming the de-facto must have training certification for ambitious Executive Assistants.

The 5-day programme is certified by Qualifi and delivered from a unique top-down perspective that spans the range of duties now assigned to Executive Assistants, from basic presentation skills through to corporate strategy.

Led by an experienced international Director, the course thus focuses on delivering a fundamental conceptual understanding of areas such strategic thinking, corporate finance, as well as practical skills in tasks including:

  • Project management 
  • Organising & running effective meetings
  • Delivering presentations
  • Interpreting financial reports & statements
  • Communication skills
  • Managing conflicts
  • Time management
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem solving

The training includes a final "open book" examination, which participants will need to pass in order to receive the Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant.

* ACEPA™ is known as ACEA™ (Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant) in the USA

Certified By:

Accredited by:

Endorsed by:

Institute of Administrative Management

Suitability - Who should attend?

The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant course is suitable for:

  • Executive Personal Assistants
  • Executive Secretaries
  • Executive Assistants
  • Personal Assistants
  • Personal Secretaries
  • Office Managers
  • Administration Managers
  • Management Secretaries
  • Senior Assistants
  • Executive Personal Secretaries
  • Anyone responsible for the support of senior management and executives

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Candidates who successfully complete the examination and participate effectively in the course case studies will receive the Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA™) and/or the Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant (ACEA™).

Delegates also gain 30 CPD credits through the course Accreditation by the CPD Standards Office. CPD is recognised and applicable across all industry sectors, this means that when an individual undertakes and records CPD training they know it will carry value across the board and in any sector they wish to work in.


Within the United States of America slightly different language is used to describe the practice of CPD.

Commonly known  as ‘CE’ Continuing Education, the term is regularly adjusted to describe different disciplines. For example, CLE – Continuing Legal Education, CME – Continuing Medical Education, or CPE – Continuing Professional Education.

Despite different terminologies, it is important to remember that CPD and CE are the same thing simply a formal approach to lifelong learning, whereby individuals record training and learning undertaken within the work place that keeps their professional qualifications up to date.

The CPD Standards Office accreditation services support all CE, CLE and CME policies associated to US professional bodies, regulators and societies.

As the English language describing CPD and or CE is “interchangeable”, therefore so are the attendance certificates and logos, and this is a benefit for providers delivering in this region:

For example, a UK doctor and a US doctor attending the same CPD Standards accredited event in Chicago could use the CPD Certificate within their respective CPD and CE records.

Hence CPD Standards Office accredited CPD activities, and their corresponding certificates, are acceptable by US, and other international, professional bodies as appropriate for use within a professionals CPD or CE record. Dependent on the professional body and sector, will depend on exact CPD policy and requirements, but broadly an individual is expected to do a number of CPD/CE hours per annum. These are expected to be sourced from a variety of training and learning situations, and the CPD Standards CPD Certificates are generally used within the ‘independently’ sought section of a CPD / CE record*.

*Please note that CPD policies vary amongst different professional bodies, and there may be a variation on the language used, or the requirements for recording CPD / CE activities. It is always worth checking directly with a specific professional body if there are queries on recording CPD / CE activities.

Training Course Content

The course covers the following topics and includes a series of group exercises, a personality profile and case studies with a high level of delegate interaction.

  • Aligning Operations to Strategy
  • Fundamentals of Modern Corporate Behaviour
  • Exploring Linkages Between Strategy, Projects and Operations
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Financial Statements, Reports & Budgets
  • People Management & Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective Communication & Conflict Management
  • Other Essential Management Skills
  • Balanced Scorecards
  • Presentation & Report Writing Skills
  • Problem Solving & Multitasking
  • Business Etiquette, Protocol & Diplomacy
  • Using technology in the 21st century
  • ACEPA™ Examination*
  • 1 Personality Profiling Test

     * Only those who successfully pass the "open book" examination and participate effectively in the course case studies will receive the Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant ACEPA™. The pass mark is 75%.

Delivery Options & Expenses

Public Courses

The ACEPA™ public course is delivered in multiple international locations including Europe, Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Australasia and the United States of America

In-House Courses
BMTG can also deliver this course in-house anywhere in the world, either directly or via one of their global Partners.

Though 80% of the course material must remain the same in order for the courses to retain their international accreditation, the remaining 20% can be customised to meet client-specific needs.

PA Networks and Associations

Special exclusive deals are available for bona fide PA Networks and Associations. For details of how your members can benefit significantly from group bookings please contact us directly.

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Reviews by course attendees

Anon, Singapore   |   11/12/2017
It was an enriching experience to be part of ACEPA ** 5 day training session**. The session was comprehensive and covered all the basic topics from the project management, while discussing the real world scenarios and challenges of the EA's in the modern world. The training not only provided me the knowledge but also equipped me with a viewpoin...
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Jean   |   01/12/2017
This was the first training course that I've been to and it definitely did not disappoint! Richard was amazing - very patient and helpful. The main takeaway from this course has got to be the experiences that were shared among all the delegates during the exercises and it was great to be able to analyze in a deeper context when we did our DiSC p...
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Jemma Norton   |   01/12/2017
Extremely valuable lessons learnt. Great instructor, delivered the content well.