Virtual Administrative Assistants

A virtual administrative assistant is a highly-skilled office professional who provides administrative and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, and any other individual in need of administrative support. Unlike office administrative assistants, who work in the office environment, virtual administrative assistants work as independent contractors from a home office.

There are many reasons a business may choose to hire a virtual administrative assistant rather than take on a full-time employee. One factor may be cost. Another factor might be that the amount of work does not necessitate full-time attention. However, simply because virtual administrative assistants do not work under the watchful eye of the boss doesn’t mean their workload is less strenuous. Virtual administrative assistants must often be more disciplined, more skilled, and more adept at self-marketing than traditional administrative assistants in order to launch a successful career.


Virtual administrative assistants must be proficient in using communication technology, as their entire job depends on it. They seek out and complete assignments using the Internet and e-mail as their primary forms of communication.

The responsibilities of a virtual administrative assistant are based on their skill-set and the needs of their clients. VA’s usually have several clients for whom they are providing administrative support. They may also specialize in a certain service, such as website maintenance or bookkeeping, although. Services typically offered are word processing, transcription, database management and updating, research, email management, and information management. Virtual administrative assistants are also usually responsible for providing website development and design, desktop publishing, event planning, generating spreadsheets, bookkeeping, payroll, and business consultation.


In order to work efficiently from home, virtual administrative assistants must furnish their home office in such a way that replicates the office environment. The most invaluable tool a virtual administrative assistant can own is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. The computer should be able to run any programs and software used for administrative support. A list of other essential equipment includes a copier, fax machine, scanner, business phone line, and a photo-copier. The home office should be set up in a way that is conducive to working without distractions.

Training & Certification

Starting a career as a virtual administrative assistant doesn’t require extensive schooling. Most VA’s get their start after years of experience working as administrative assistants in offices. Basic clerical, communication, and organizational skills can be learned on the job or through a 1-2 vocational program. Virtual administrative assistants must be knowledgeable about computers and modern technology employed in offices. Therefore some budding VAs choose to take courses covering communication technology.

Virtual administrative assistants can choose to become a CPVA – Certified Professional Virtual Assistant. The certification is awarded to virtual administrative assistants who have shown mastery of skills, as well as a. A second level of certification, CMVA – Certified Master Virtual Assistant, is also available, but cannot be earned until 1,500 hours of billable hours have been completed. Certification demonstrates a commitment to the profession and a high standard of achievement.


As independent contractors, virtual administrative assistants set their own pay rate. The determining factors are usually the difficulty of the work, the level of skill needed to complete the work, the cost of living, and other financial needs. Virtual administrative assistants with years of experience can charge up to $100 for their services. When just starting out, virtual administrative assistants usually charge an average of $25.

Top Administrative Assistant Schools

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependents. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.
Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.


Elmira Business Institute

Take the fast track to your future at Elmira Business Institute!

Learn how you can get the training you need to begin a rewarding career in a field of high-demand. Complete and submit the form and one of our Admissions Representatives will be in touch soon to tell you more.

Advantages offered by Elmira Business Institute include:

  • Financial aid available for those who qualify
  • Accelerated, career-centered training in a wide range of industries
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Tuition planning
  • Lifetime career assistance
  • Two convenient campus locations

Complete one of EBI’s Certificate Programs:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • General Office Assistant
  • Small Business Management
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Office Assistant

Earn your Associate Degree:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Office Technologies
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist

EBI holds Accreditation through New York State Board of Regents, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

EBI is proud to support our country’s veterans and has been approved for veterans benefits.


Mildred Elley

The mission of Mildred Elley is to provide quality career education and technical training to allow students of diverse educational, cultural and personal backgrounds to become successful in an ever-changing global economy. Mildred Elley strives to afford students quality placement opportunities and instill in all of our graduates a desire for lifelong education and learning.


McCann School of Business and Technology

Start your future now!

McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) will help you choose your ideal career before you get started and assist with real-world employment after you’re done with school. We have a wide range of resources to help you every step of the way.

In today’s world, it makes sense to spend less time in the classroom, and more time earning a salary. McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) can help you start your new career in as little as 18-24 months.

If you’re worried that you can’t afford an education, think again. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. We will work with you to explore the financial aid options available to help you complete your degree.

The path to a bright future and a new career is easy – complete the form to learn more about McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) now!

McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann)

  • Allentown, PA
  • Hazleton, PA
  • Lewisburg, PA
  • Monroe, LA
  • Pottsville, PA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Wilkes-Barre, PA

McCann School of Business was founded by Louis C. McCann in 1897 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, as a school of accountancy and secretarial training. Louis McCann’s sons, Dwight and Charles, entered the field and held administrative positions at the school and its additional locations. After the death of Dwight McCann in 1956, Dorothy Houser began serving as director. In 1959, Ms. Houser purchased the school in partnership with her husband, Harry D. Houser.

In 1981, James and Elizabeth Noone purchased the school from the Housers and McCann Education Centers, Inc. was formed. In 1995, the school opened an additional location in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to provide a better service and quality of education to residents of southern Schuykill County. A third campus of McCann commenced operations in September, 1998, in downtown Sunbury, Northumberland County.

In August 2002, McCann Educational Centers Inc. was acquired by the company now known as Delta Career Education Corporation headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Scranton campus opened in 2003 and relocated to Dickson City, Lackawanna County, in 2008. The original Mahanoy City campus relocated to Hazleton in 2005, and in 2009 the school opened additional locations in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Pottsville campus opened an additional location in Macon, Georgia and in 2011 opened an additional location in Gulfport, MI. The Macon and Gulfport campuses are named Miller-Motte Technical College. They share the name of the Miller-Motte family of schools, also owned by Delta Career Education Corporation. In early 2012, an additional location of McCann was opened in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

In 2012, McCann School of Business & Technology merged with Miami-Jacobs Career College and the Academy of Court Reporting. Pottsville remains the main campus and additional locations were acquired, as a result of the merger, in Dayton, Springboro, Troy, Columbus, Sharonville and Independence Ohio. All of the acquired schools share the name Miami-Jacobs Career College.

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This school is regulated as a commercial motor carrier by the US DOT and their respective state agency: PADOE and LBOR. It takes fewer than 300 hours to complete this program; therefore it is not eligible for Title IV funding. This program is not within the scope of ACICS Accreditation.