Illinois Secretary Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Secretaries in Illinois

Secretaries and administrative assistants take care of the various clerical and administrative duties required in running a business, usually in an office setting. Tasks might involve answering phones, replying to emails, sending memos, and other related tasks. In order for a business to run efficiently, each of these tasks must be performed with the utmost speed and accuracy. Administrative assistants usually receive on-the-job training, but it may do well to consider attending a secretary school or program in Illinois.

Illinois Secretary Schools

Most administrative assistants can enter this career at the entry-level with a high school diploma. However, some may consider an associate degree program to better prepare for the job, or increase opportunities to move up later on. Here are a few examples of Illinois schools that may offer business associate degrees, or programs for administrative work. 

  • Black Hawk College: Located in Moline, Black Hawk College offers a wide range of special purpose and community service programs as well as more than 140 career, certificate and transfer programs.
  • Carl Sandburg College: In addition to its specialty in continuing ed/adult learning, Carl Sandburg College offers exceptional associate degree level education for students of all ages.
  • Danville Area Community College: Serving the community for over 65 years, Danville Area Community College offers education to earn a wide range of career degrees and certificates.
  • Heartland Community College: Heartland Community College has a variety of degree programs and areas of study with a focus on small class sizes and personal attention.
  • Parkland College: Located in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Parkland has provided both educational opportunity as well as community enrichment since 1967.
  • Southwestern Illinois College: With classes hosted at five different Illinois campuses, Southwestern Illinois College provides an accessible way to earn both certificates and degrees from over 150 different programs.
  • Wabash Valley College: Part of a group of four total community colleges to create the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Wabash Valley College offers a smooth transition to senior institutions of the area and a variety of degrees.
  • Lincoln Land Community College: Recognized as an affordable top quality institution, Lincoln Land Community College is located in Springfield, the capital city of Illinois.

What to Expect from Illinois Secretarial Programs

Secretarial programs will generally involve training in utilizing programs such as word processors, spreadsheets, and database software. Programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel are common in most offices as well as PowerPoint. Training may also include development of a reasonable typing speed.

General skillsets important in a high quality secretary include:

  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Writing skills

More specific training tasks may include acquiring a knowledge of answering telephones and taking messages, scheduling appointments, arranging meetings, preparing memos, editing documents, handling incoming and outgoing mail and faxes, maintaining databases and filing systems both electronic and paper, performing basic bookkeeping, etc.

Illinois Secretarial License

The state of Illinois does not require licensing in order to become a secretary. However, earning certification may demonstrate proficiency in the role to employers.

For general secretaries, the International Association of Administrative Professionals offers certification in the field of office administration called the Certified Administrative Professional or CAP. In order to take the qualifying exam, candidates must have a college degree (or equivalent work experience) as well as relevant work experience.

Legal secretaries have a few different certification options. The Accredited Legal Professional or ALP certification is offered by the National Association of Legal Secretaries as long as you have at least 1 year of office experience. The association also offers Professional Legal Secretary certification which is viewed as an even more distinguished certification.

Legal secretaries also have the option of obtaining the Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification, offered by Legal Secretaries International, though this certification often requires at least 5 years of legal experience in addition to passing an exam.

Resources for Secretaries in Illinois


  • 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 Illinois are listed below.

Selected Secretary Training Schools in Illinois

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More Illinois Secretary Training Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Black Hawk College Moline Associate 6,311
Carl Sandburg College Galesburg Associate 2,693
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Associate 25,768
College of Lake County Grayslake Associate 16,010
Danville Area Community College Danville Associate 2,832
East-West University Chicago Bachelor 1,144
Elgin Community College Elgin Associate 9,613
Heartland Community College Normal Associate 4,827
Highland Community College Freeport Freeport Associate 2,049
Illinois Central College East Peoria Associate 11,804
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll Fairfield Associate 2,102
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Lincoln Trail College Robinson Associate 1,445
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney Associate 1,610
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College Mount Carmel Associate 4,206
John A Logan College Carterville Associate 7,559
John Wood Community College Quincy Associate 2,417
Joliet Junior College Joliet Associate 13,149
Kankakee Community College Kankakee Associate 3,591
Kaskaskia College Centralia Associate 5,041
Kishwaukee College Malta Associate 4,466
Lake Land College Mattoon Associate 7,177
Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey Associate 7,875
Lincoln Land Community College Springfield Associate 6,655
McHenry County College Crystal Lake Associate 5,274
Midstate College Peoria Bachelor 641
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Associate 15,859
Morton College Cicero Associate 5,057
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Associate 10,805
Parkland College Champaign Associate 9,407
Prairie State College Chicago Heights Associate 5,507
Rend Lake College Ina Associate 4,821
Richland Community College Decatur Associate 3,274
Rock Valley College Rockford Associate 7,923
Saint Augustine College Chicago Chicago Bachelor 1,289
Sauk Valley Community College Dixon Associate 2,700
South Suburban College South Holland Associate 6,260
Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg Associate 2,606
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Associate 13,713
Spoon River College Canton Associate 2,139
Triton College River Grove Associate 15,658

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Secretaries

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. 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


Bloomington 1770 $35170 1.12
Carbondale 790 $26790 0.91
Marion 790 $26790 0.91
Champaign 1420 $33340 0.87
Urbana 1420 $33340 0.87
Danville 440 $29340 0.95
Decatur 850 $28040 1.06
Peoria 2720 $29380 0.93
Rockford 2300 $31610 0.95
Kankakee 610 $29930 0.87
Springfield 1600 $32670 0.9
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