Advanced Certificate

The groundbreaking, globally recognised, certified & accredited training programme for the modern day Executive Assistant

The Advanced Certificate for the Executive Assistant: ACEA™ (formerly known as ACEPA) is an intensive and interactive 5-day executive level training programme.

The role of the Executive Assistant is on a journey and the responsibilities of this highly demanding and visible role continue to grow exponentially. ACEA™ equips current and aspiring Executive Assistants with the skills and knowledge they need to excel.

To become a true ‘business partner’ to an Executive, it is imperative that Executive Assistants have a deep understanding of the business and their Executives’ role & responsibilities. Organisations are looking for Assistants that possess ‘Executive Level’ business acumen and skills now more than ever.

Uniquely delivered from an Executive led perspective, the ACEA™ programme focuses on elevating the role of the Executive Assistant. Delivering a fundamental understanding of business and organisations, as well as practical skills, including:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Corporate visions & missions
  • Understanding the linkages between strategy, projects & operations
  • Governing & managing projects
  • Communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership skills including influencing, negotiation and conflict management
  • Change management and problem solving
  • Risk management and corporate governance
  • Ethics & corporate social responsibility 
  • Understanding the role of financial and management accounting
  • Developing productivity and time management techniques

and much more…


Increase your business expertise, learn new skills and enhance the attributes that make an outstanding EA

Over 1,000 Executive Assistants have now participated in this globally recognised and ground-breaking ACEA™ programme, which is delivered as both public open courses and in-house/on-site.

ACEA™ is certified by Qualifi, a recognised UK awarding body.

Those who successfully complete the programme receive an international post-nominal certification and can proudly display ACEA™ after their name to stand out. 

ACEA™ is independently accredited by the CPD Standards Office, who award independent accreditation to training and learning activities across all professions and sectors internationally.

ACEA™ is endorsed by the Institute of Administrative Management, the oldest professional body for administration and business management in the UK.

ACEA™ is an IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) Approved training course and qualifies for 28 recertification points


Share experiences, learn and network with your international peers

100% of delegates would recommend ACEA™ to a colleague or friend (based on responses from the last 150 post event surveys) and with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 450 course reviews on Find Courses (, this post nominal course is fast becoming the de-facto 'must have' training certification for ambitious Executive Assistants.

Joanie Nel, winner of OPSA Office Professional of the Year, attended ACEA™ and credits it as being one of the important steps in winning the competition.

Join the elite group of Executive Assistants who have benefitted from this unique course around the globe.

“This is the most extensive and thorough training and education I have experienced in decades. There are courses that promise upper level training but very few that truly deliver, ACEA is one that delivers.”

‘If you have the opportunity to attend, wherever you are in the world, you should!’


Richard Arnott - an accomplished business leader & world-class trainer

Read Richard Arnott's (the author and lead presenter of the ACEA™ programme) biography, training credentials and articles in Executive Secretary Magazine and find out more about our highly experienced practitioners.



EUROPE: UK, Germany & Denmark

LONDON: 5-9 October
BERLIN: 26-30 October

THE AMERICAS: USA, Canada, Brazil & Barbados

WASHINGTON DC: 28 Sept – 2 Oct
LAS VEGAS: 9-13 November
TORONTO: 16-20 November
BARBADOS: 25-29 January 2021
RIO DE JANEIRO: 1-5 February 2021

OCEANIA: New Zealand & Australia

AUCKLAND: 23-27 November
SYDNEY: 15-19 March 2021

ASIA: UAE, Singapore & India

DUBAI: 11-15 October
BANGALORE: 2-6 November
SINGAPORE: 23-27 November

AFRICA: South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: 1-5 March 2021

Also available IN-HOUSE | ON-SITE: Anywhere in the world



Request the business case template and reserve your place today!

If you would like to discuss any questions or in-house delivery, please contact Christian Russell:

E-MAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: +44 (0)1932 560974