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Academic Upgrading

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Delivery Options

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

Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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.

Program delivery methods for Fall 2021 and later have not been confirmed. Delivery shown is based on current delivery methods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open the door to your academic and professional careers

All Winter and Spring 2021 upgrading courses will continue to be delivered full-time virtually online. Review “About the Program” tab for further program details.​

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?

All Winter and Spring 2021 upgrading courses and labs will be scheduled fully virtually.​

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 from the Equivalency tests may (ADD) be used for admissions for all NAIT programs.

The Academic Upgrading courses do not fulfill any GED requirements or updates to an Alberta High School transcript, as the marks are not reported to the Alberta Ministry of Education.


  • All upgrading courses follow a regularly scheduled block timetable throughout the week based on Alberta time zone. Students are not permitted to take classes offered in the same time block due to virtual live instructor-led lessons.
  • Technology will be used to enhance and support the students’ learning experience, each course will have a recommended minimum technology standard.
  • NAIT uses many different platforms to support virtual learning such as Moodle, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx to name a few. Your instructor will choose the platform that is best suited to the learning required.
  • Winter 2021 – The Winter term courses including labs will be virtually delivered as scheduled with no on-campus requirements for the full 15 weeks in length and offers day or evening options as listed on website.
  • Spring 2021 – The condensed Spring term courses including labs will be virtually delivered as scheduled with no on-campus requirements for the full 12 weeks in length. Day classes are only offered as listed on website.
  • Fall 2021 - The 15 week Fall term delivery has not been finalized, but most likely will continue to be delivered virtually wherever possible and offers day or evening options.

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 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.

Contact Student Service Centre

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.