Business Administration

Level 4
The NIPA offers an additional year to Business Administration students to specialize in one o the following areas:
Managerial: Assistant Manager
Accounting: Assistant Accoutant
Secretarial: Management-assistant

Course : Business Administration
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:3 years


A Secretarial job is multifaceted. A secretary performs a great number of secretarial, administrative and organizational functions independently. For instance, a secretary conducts correspondence in English and in foreign languages. She makes preparations for meetings and takes down the minutes. When conferences need to be organized she is the appointed one as well.


A Secretary plans her personal work; she also monitors the work of her closest colleagues. She takes active part in the thinking process, she can take the initiative and she is proactive. She consults on a regular basis with her colleagues in various departments, most specifically with (departmental) secretaries.


- Accuracy
- Resourcefulness
- Flexibility
- Self-reliance
- A helpful attitude
- A service-oriented attitude
- Problem-solving skills
- Result-oriented work attitude
- Oral and written command of English
- Enjoy working with figures and computers
- An analytical and conceptual intellect
- Ability to function in as a team member


Possible career opportunities include: Office clerks, Assistant managers, Assistant bookkeeper, Secretaries, Personal assistants, Entrepreneur


This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.


Submit your application

This course requires a preparatory secondary vocational education (PSVE) VMBO-TKL or SBO level 3 diploma. The student could also have made it to HAVO 3 or equivalent to enter this course.

Level info:
Level 4 Middle Management.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479

Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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