Professional Designations


Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP)


The Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP) is a chartered, non-profit, Canadian association. We strive to provide administrative professionals the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by encouraging all members to add to their individual competencies, advance their leadership skills, realize their value in the workplace and community and have confidence to excel in their careers.

The AAP offers the Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) certificate and designation. The CCAP program is a certificate program for administrative professionals. In order to achieve the CCAP designation, candidates must meet all of the following requirements: 

  1. Be an AAP member for at least one year.
  2.  Enroll in the CCAP program.
  3. Provide verification that you possess a minimum of two years’ work experience in an administrative role
  4. Provide verification that you also possess a good balance of the AAP core competencies, which are in the areas of business management, technology, leadership/organizational skills and communication/interpersonal skills.
  5. Complete seven courses at accredited universities and colleges across Canada, consisting of three compulsory courses and four elective courses. Members enrolled in the CCAP program may complete some or all of their requirements with Mount Royal University as follows:

AAP Courses

Mount Royal University Equivalent

Compulsory Courses
Business EnglishMGMT 2130: Business Communication Theory and Practice
Organizational BehaviourMGMT 3210: Organizational Behaviour
Supervision/Management StudiesMGMT 3276: Management Principles and Practices
Elective Courses
Business or commercial lawMGMT 3230: Business Law
Computer Technology - advanced courses in Excel, Access, etc.COMP 4522*: Database-II: Advanced Databases
EconomicsECON 1101: Principles of Microeconomics AND
ECON 1103: Principles of Macroeconomics
Event managementNot available at this time
Financial accountingACCT 2121: Financial Accounting Concepts
Human resources managementHRES 2170: Introduction to Human Resources
MarketingMKTG 2150: Introduction to Marketing
Project managementNot available at this time
PsychologyPSYC 1105: Introduction to Psychology
Public relationsNot available at this time
Social mediaNot available at this time
StatisticsNot available at this time
Website design/managementNot available at this time

COMP 4522 has a prerequisite: Computer Science 2503 and 2521 with a minimum grade of C-.

CCAP Recertification

CCAP graduates must complete a certification renewal process every three years, based on a credits system. Credits are awarded by completing professional development programs, attending AAP meetings and events, working in the administrative profession, community involvement and more. A total of 40 certification renewal credits must be accumulated in the three year renewal period. For more information, visit or contact the CCAP National Coordinator at

For more information on the Association of Administrative Professionals, how to become a member, where our branches are, the CCAP designation and more, visit or email the National Director – Register at