Beyond the Classroom

Student Activities 

In the School of Skilled Trades, you’ll have opportunities to improve your skills or explore new abilities by participating in clubs, competitions and student showcase events

The School works hard to connect you with  industry leaders, and giving access to some of the best equipment available on the market. 

You will also have the opportunity to check out NAIT's new Trades to Degree program. Launched as one of the first pathways in North America that allows certified tradespeople to move from a trades certificate to the third year of a degree program.

Our industry partners rely on us to produce job-ready graduates who can make an immediate impact when they enter the workforce. Will you be one of them?

Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies

As a student in the Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies, you’ll get more than just a great hands-on education. There are opportunities to get involved with the school and the community, or even put your skills to work on international trips. Check out a few of the great opportunities to get involved.


Ernest's Dining Room at NAIT has been aptly described as the "jewel in the crown" located in the Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts in the Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies.

Skills Competition 

If you have the drive to be the best at your trade in Canada or even the world, the Skills Canada competition is the place to start. Students that would like to compete must receive a reference recommendation from their instructor and will start their journey to the top at a Regional competition. Leading up to the Competition, organizers will post detailed event information.  

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Check out NAIT students in the latest Skills Canada Competition:

CNC Machining 
Auto Body Repair

Blue Seal 

The Blue Seal program was established by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to encourage and recognize business training. If you have a valid Alberta Journeyman, Occupational, Qualification or Proficiency Certificate, you can enhance your current certification with a Blue Seal by taking the Business Fundamentals certificate

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Join the club!

Clubs are a great way to meet new people, flex your knowledge and add experience to your resumé.

NAITSA clubs

NAITSA - NAIT Students Association

NAITSA’s clubs exist solely to expand and enhance your post-secondary experience. Our clubs provide valuable social, cultural, and educational services that encourage you, as a NAIT student, to participate and connect in the NAIT experience.

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Team NAIT Culinary 

Culinary Team NAIT is a group of NAIT Culinary Arts students and instructors that competes at the regional, national and international levels. Team NAIT also collaborates with Team Alberta and Team Canada.

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Club Culinaire

Club Culinaire is a student-managed club responsible for coordinating student activities, charitable fundraisers and community-based events.

  • Thanksgiving dinners for the Boyle Street Co-op
  • dinners for the Edmonton Women's Shelter
  • Santa's Anonymous toy drive

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Apprenticeship education at NAIT receives boost in government funding

Government of Alberta pledges more than $700,000 for 132 new seats

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