Executive Assistant & PA Training
In London And Manchester.


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  • The oldest name in PA training – nationally recognised.
  • Our practical courses are loved by recruitment agencies and employers.
  • Start any time – no waiting for term to start.
  • Study daytimes, evenings, Saturdays or a mixture – and even online!
  • Four easy to reach locations.

Executive PA SuccessWe offer the widest range of PA training courses which can be studied at our Pitman Training centres in London (Notting Hill and Holborn), Croydon and Manchester. If you prefer home study, many of our courses are available via distance learning.

Either way, you can start a course at any time and study at times to suit you!

The Pitman Training way is the most convenient way to gain practical workplace skills!

Training Programmes for Personal Assistants & Executive Assistants

We offer over 100 courses; please see our course list for more information.

EA & PA Training In London, Croydon & Manchester

Want to start a career as a PA or as an EA? Or perhaps you’re already working in such a role and want to become the best you can – either way you’ve come to the right place!

Award winning Holborn Training offers nationally recognised Pitman Training PA courses for aspiring PA’s and EA’s, plus non Pitman, cutting edge PA seminars for experienced PA’s.

If it’s training for your team you’re looking for, you’ll want to have a look at in our corporate discounts.

Why not get in touch today to see how we can help you with your PA training?

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What’s The Difference Between A Secretary, A PA And An EA?

When people come to us for advice, one of the main confusions we deal with is over the roles of secretaries, PA’s and EA’s, and how these differ.

Whilst there’s no official definition, we’ve come up with an explanation, with the main difference being the level of responsibility:

A secretary may work for more than one boss and will not usually be expected to make decisions on behalf of the organisation.

A Personal Assistant usually works for one or two bosses and will have much more responsibility for organising and making decisions than a secretary, as well as fulfilling a secretarial role.

An Executive Assistant will usually work for just one boss and will have input into the organisation’s management decisions, often through being tasked with researching matters and preparing reports. They may also retain some secretarial responsibilities.

How Do I Become A Personal Assistant Or Executive Assistant?

If you’re entering into this career as a newcomer, the best thing to do is to take the Pitman Training diploma level Executive PA course.

Depending on whether you study full time or part time (or even somewhere in between), this qualification will take you 3-12 months to complete and is nationally recognised proof of your practical ability to really deliver.

The Pitman Training 1 Day Executive PA is a fantastic option if you’re short of time, and if you’re really ambitious and have time to work on your PA skills, you may want to try the 2 year Professional Executive PA Diploma from Pitman Training. This course will give you all the secretarial, accounting and junior management skills you’ll need to become an Executive Assistant.

If you’re already working as a senior secretary, a PA or EA, you’ll love our 2 day seminar entitled “From Good To Outstanding”, led by top PA Adam Fidler. It will take you to another level.

Our Course Advisors are happy to advise you on becoming a PA or Executive Assistant, so get in touch today.

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How To Become A PA Or EA.

The best advice we can give for people venturing into this career for the first time, is to take the Pitman Training diploma level Executive PA course. This complete comprehensive programme covers all the main stages and skills involved in how to become a PA, and provide you with a nationally recognised qualification to display on your CV.

However, if you already have some experience in the role of a Personal Assistant and are looking to develop on this, then our one and two day seminars may be more appropriate.

We’re really privileged to have the hugely experienced Adam Fidler leading a seminar, a must attend event for those who wish to learn first-hand about the experiences and challenges faced by Personal and Executive Assistants.

Aside from these special PA courses, we have over one hundred courses to select from which may help you in how to become a PA, including courses in areas that you may need help with such as touch typing or specific PC software programmes like Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

Once you have acquired your Pitman Training qualification, we’re confident you should find yourself well equipped to begin or develop your career plans.