Business Administration

Level 3
NIPA offers a broad-based 2-year Business Administration program. Students are educated in the office management, bookkeeping/accounting, and secretarial skills. Students can follow up their studies with an additional year to specialize further to become an assistant manager, assistant accountant, or an management-assistant (secretary).

Course : Business Administration
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:2 years


A Bookkeeping assistant's range of duties comprises of routine automated activities such as compiling monthly reports, sorting, registering and inputting financial data, e.g., estimates, budgets, and annual statements accounts.


A Bookkeeping assistant is capable of working in companies of various dimensions working according to standardized procedures. This requires knowledge of business administration, insight in figures, the ability to function independently, and contribute to a greater transfer value.


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


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 experts in real situations. Consequently, by the time you complete the program you will already have gained relevant work experience.


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This course requires a PKL, TKL, or a SBO level 2 diploma. The student could also have made it to HAVO 3 or equivalent to enter this course.

Level info:
Level 3 Professional.

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.

With a level 3 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 4 course.
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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

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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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