Assistant Essentials

An online learning programme that will ensure you have covered ALL of the most important tasks for an Executive, Personal or Administrative Assistant.

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Sharpen those essential Assistant skills

Assistant Essentials is one of Practically Perfect PA's most popular courses, and it is for one main reason.

It is because we cover the essential skills for new and experienced Assistants.

When I put this course together, I had two types of Assistants in mind.

The first was the relatively new Assistant. What would be the best way to help someone quickly find their feet, in what is always a challenging environment?

My answer was to create this course with a mix of beneficial articles and amazing videos covering all essential skills.

Once a new Assistant has completed this course, they will be able to settle, exceptionally quickly, into their role in any organisation!

The second type of Assistant, I had in mind, is the one that I believe Practically Perfect PA supports the most: the aspiring Assistant who wants to move up in their organisation.

To be seen as a business asset and not "just" an Assistant is crucial for any Assistant looking to advance their career.

So to help those dynamic Assistants, I structured the essential parts of our roles into seven sections.

  1. Essential tasks
  2. Meetings and minutes
  3. Travel planning
  4. Event management
  5. Email management
  6. Managing your Executive
  7. Common projects

These seven sections are made up of tasks that fundamentally define the Assistant role. Master these tasks, and you will advance in any organisation.

Our curriculum provides a great refresher for the experienced Assistant, and of course, the lectures still pack a punch!

What makes this course so different?

Well, as you would expect from a course designed by and for Assistants, we know the central part of the role is working with your Executive, creating a fantastic partnership and optimising their time. We have put a considerable amount of effort into getting this most essential of elements right!

This section is a real highlight of the course, and the feedback we have received so far suggests this section alone justifies the course fee.

But of course, there is so much more!

A course designed for Assistants who want to grow in the role

The content has been handpicked to cover everything an Assistant needs in their day to day role.

It is essential, no matter if you are a new Assistant or an experienced one, that you get the essentials right.

Assistant Essentials has become an "essential" for assistants across the globe.

***This course is designed for you***

World-class trainers and Assistants deliver the sessions at the top of their game.

Whether you are at the start of your career or want to refresh your training, this course is a fantastic way to cover all those essential skills and tasks you need to thrive in this role.

I can't wait to get you started!


Hi, I'm Nicky Christmas

I launched Practically Perfect PA back in October 2011, and it has since grown to become the go-to blog for Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Office Managers and Administrative Professionals at all levels of business seeking support, information and guidance in their chosen profession.

Practically Perfect PA offers practical tips, honest advice and all kinds of career development support specifically for Assistants. Since 2015 we have organised events, virtual summits and online courses for over 3,000 Assistants from around the world.

It is fair to say the Assistant role has changed significantly and I am so proud that Practically Perfect PA has been part of the journey for over eight years

The Assistant Essentials in 57 seconds

A great summary of our brilliant course


What will you learn?

As an Assistant, we know you are being pulled in all directions, so this course will help you master your key Assistant tasks so that you can tackle any challenge. The course will teach you the essential skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and be seen as a real business asset within your Organisation. Sessions include:

  • How to remember those random requests
  • Minute-taking tips and tricks
  • Managing a business trip from start to finish
  • A full event management process
  • Managing someone else's email inbox
  • Building a partnership with your Executive
  • Managing your Executive's schedule and planning their day
  • Project management for Assistants

The role of an Assistant is ever-changing, and this course will give you all of the essential skills you need to truly deliver.

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Course Curriculum


Course Information

We have selected ove 20 video sessions, each with a different presenter. Many of the presenters are well known and respected trainers from all over the globe, and others are Assistants with amazing tips and techniques that they want to share with you.

Every one of our presenters wants to help you master the essential skills needed in this profession. They have structured their content to give you clear action items to help you succeed and teach you how to thrive in the role.

We have an additional 37 articles, bonus templates and checklists which will help you master all of the key skills you need to suceed in the role.

I want to help you develop, and I am excited at the thought of you joining our course and thriving in your career. We would love to have your feedback on the course and individual sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Will I get access to the full course all at once?
What do I do if I need help?
If you need help with something related to the course, please contact [email protected]

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