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Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Length

The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Open the door to your academic and professional careers

NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program is a bridging program designed for adults from a variety of academic backgrounds to gain prerequisite entrance requirements needed for post-secondary study. We offer flexible programming to help you gain the entrance requirements for post-secondary programs.

Upon successful completion of our Academic Upgrading program, you will be eligible for conditional acceptance into NAIT credit programs, pending successful completion of all other entrance requirements.

Semesters are 12-15 weeks in length with day, evening and online options available so you can work around your personal and professional commitments. Small class sizes and instructor-led training make for an ideal learning environment.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

How does Academic Upgrading work?

The Academic Upgrading program offers flexible options that will help you gain  entrance requirements for your post-secondary program.

Equivalency and Academic Upgrading Placement tests for selected subjects are available if you are missing or need to improve your mark(s). Test results may be used for admissions for all NAIT programs.

Schedule

Courses are offered over 3 semesters and you can take from 1-3 courses per semester:

  • Fall and winter – The fall and winter semesters are 15 weeks in length and offer day, evening and distance options.
  • Spring – The spring semester is 12 weeks in length with limited course offerings during the day.

Important information

Please take note of the following:

  • Although the Academic Upgrading courses are listed as 5 credits/course, tuition fees are charged on a 3 credit fee model
  • Before completing an online application to the Academic Upgrading program, please confirm there is space available in the specific course(s) you require; seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis

Before you enrol

Academic Upgrading Placement Test

A placement test can help you fulfill or prove entrance requirements for admission into Academic Upgrading courses.

Have questions? We've got answers

On acceptance to the program, you will be contacted by the program with instructions about how to enrol in courses. If necessary, you will be able to book an appointment to design the best course of study for your needs.

Academic Upgrading

Phone: 780.471.6248
Email: ASKNAIT@nait.ca

Revisit and review fundamental theories and concepts

In addition to our Academic Upgrading program, we offer non-credit courses that can help you refresh your basic skills. No application to Academic Upgrading is required to enrol into these courses.

For further course details, fees and to enrol, click the course name from the list below.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availability is subject to change without notice.