Florida Secretary Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Secretaries in Florida

Secretaries and administrative assistants take care of the clerical and administrative duties a business is required to stay on top of and are typically located in an office setting. Their tasks might revolve around replying to emails, answering phones, sending memos, and other related tasks.

Florida Secretary Schools

Each task that a secretary and administrative assistant performs is helpful to the efficiency and overall success of the business. Though on-the-job training is important, secretaries and administrative assistants may also consider earning a degree or certification from a Florida secretary school. Here are a few examples of schools you could check out:

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Ranking among the top 25 most affordable public, four-year institutions, Florida State College at Jacksonville offers traditional as well as hybrid and online courses.
  • Indian River State College: Indian River State College offers over 150 different programs and was selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence.
  • Miami Dade College: Miami Dade had the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the country in 2013 and boasts a 16% transfer student rate.
  • Palm Beach State College: Florida's first public community college, Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 and has grown from three classrooms with 41 students to five campuses and 48,000 students.
  • Atlantic Technical College: Atlantic Technical College offers over 35 certificate and applied technology diploma programs as well as many continuing education courses.
  • Rasmussen College-Florida: Rasmussen College focuses on not only general education skills, but also innovative programs and a dynamic curriculum.
  • Suncoast Technical College: Suncoast Technical College sets itself apart with academic programs based on community members' input and demonstrated needs.

What to Expect from Florida Secretarial Programs

Secretarial training typically covers topics such as general knowledge of programs like word processors, spreadsheets, and database software. Navigation of programs like Microsoft Word and Excel are also common, as well as PowerPoint. Development of a reasonable typing speed may also be included.

Typical skills crucial for a secretary position are:

  • Organizational skills
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Writing skills

More detailed training tasks might cover answering performing basic bookkeeping, telephones and taking messages, maintaining databases and filing systems both electronic and paper, scheduling appointments, arranging meetings, preparing memos, editing documents, handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes, etc.

Florida Secretarial Certification and License

The state of Florida does not have a licensing requirement for secretary positions. Earning certification though does have the potential to validate your aptitude in the position to employers.

For general secretaries, the International Association of Administrative Professionals offers certification the Certified Administrative Professional or CAP, in the area of office administration. To take the qualifying exam, candidates must have obtained a college degree (or equivalent work experience) as along with relevant work experience.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. The Accredited Legal Professional or ALP certification, offered by the National Association of Legal Secretaries, is available if you have at least a year of office experience. The NALS also offer Professional Legal Secretary certification, widely viewed as an even more renowned certification.

Legal secretaries additionally have the opportunity to obtain the Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification, which is offered by Legal Secretaries International. This certification however will often require both passing the exam as well as having at least five years of legal experience.

Resources for Secretaries in Florida


  1. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-4 accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Secretaries in Florida are listed below.

Selected Secretary Training Schools in Florida

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More Florida Secretary Training Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Brevard Community College Cocoa Associate 14,496
Clearwater Christian College Clearwater Masters 594
College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus Miami Associate 118
College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus Hialeah Associate 103
Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound Bachelor 135
Trinity Baptist College Jacksonville Masters 333

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Secretaries

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Secretaries relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Gainesville 2500 $29390 1.2
Homosassa Springs 810 $27040 1.59
Jacksonville 12210 $30290 1.19
Cape Coral 5670 $30490 1.45
Fort Myers 5670 $30490 1.45
Crestview 2360 $31310 1.41
Fort Walton Beach 2360 $31310 1.41
Destin 2360 $31310 1.41
Deltona 5450 $28570 1.81
Daytona Beach 5450 $28570 1.81
Ormond Beach 5450 $28570 1.81
Orlando 21220 $30930 1.15
Kissimmee 21220 $30930 1.15
Sanford 21220 $30930 1.15
Palm Bay 3930 $30060 1.21
Melbourne 3930 $30060 1.21
Titusville 3930 $30060 1.21
Panama City 1470 $29110 1.12
Pensacola 3670 $28320 1.37
Ferry Pass 3670 $28320 1.37
Brent 3670 $28320 1.37
Port St. Lucie 3450 $29030 1.58
Punta Gorda 1310 $27590 1.83
Lakeland 3910 $28900 1.15
Winter Haven 3910 $28900 1.15
Miami 55670 $31620 1.38
Fort Lauderdale 55670 $31620 1.38
West Palm Beach 55670 $31620 1.38
Naples 3110 $32570 1.43
Immokalee 3110 $32570 1.43
Marco Island 3110 $32570 1.43
North Port 5480 $30650 1.21
Sarasota 5480 $30650 1.21
Bradenton 5480 $30650 1.21
Ocala 2570 $27110 1.63
Sebastian 1350 $31340 1.75
Vero Beach 1350 $31340 1.75
Sebring 620 $26600 1.5
Tallahassee 5070 $30360 1.91
Tampa 25200 $31110 1.25
St. Petersburg 25200 $31110 1.25
Clearwater 25200 $31110 1.25
The Villages 430 $27210 1.08
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