School of Skilled Trades Programs

Where do you want your trades career to take you?

The School of Skilled Trades offers training in over 40 program areas leading to journeyman certification, pre-employment certificates or diploma credentials. Our programs align with the knowledge and skills that business and industry look for in their employees, and there is a high demand for NAIT-trained graduates. Our instructors are certified and experienced in their trade and are exceptional teachers and mentors.

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Apprenticeship programs

Certificate and Diploma programs 

A day in the life of a crane operator

Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator Cody Dodd takes us into the driver's seat of a mobile crane, giving us an insider's view of the trade. Watch the Video

Industry-recognized learning

Apprenticeship Pathways

Find the program options that fit your career path:

  • Pre-employment Training
  • Apprenticeship Training
  • Culinary Arts
  • Trades to Degrees

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Auto Apprentice named Team Canada top prospect

Muhammad Afzal, a fourth-year apprentice, was named a Team Canada prospect in auto body repair. Afzal has the chance to represent the nation at the world’s largest skilled trades competition.

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Pre-Employment Training 

For individuals who would like to pursue a career in trades, but are not currently employed or are not wanting to work right away, can start in pre-employment training for some trades. All of the pre-employment programs offered at NAIT do have a pathway into an apprenticeship field.  Students enrolled in pre-employment program do not have to be employed or indentured through the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). 

Pre-Employment Auto Body Repair

Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 07, 2021

The Pre-employment Auto Body Repair program prepares you for an entry-level position in the auto body trade.

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Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2021

Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician is a short-term program that combines applied academic skills, employability skills and introductory trade/occupation competencies.

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Automotive Service Technician

Apprenticeship Training 

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job and hands-on classroom/shop teaching, referred to as technical training. Typically, apprentices train for four years, spending four to twelve weeks a year at NAIT while the rest of the time is spent on the job training.

Note: In order to train as an apprentice, you must be hired by an employer willing to provide job-site training and be registered (indentured) as an apprentice through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

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Culinary Arts

NAIT's Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies has been providing skilled graduates to the hospitality industry for more than 40 years.

Our graduates can be found around the world, putting their NAIT education to work. The school trains more than 500 students a year in its various programs. Our students benefit from industry-experienced faculty, comprehensive, up-to-date curriculum and the state-of-the-art Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts.

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Culinary Arts

Trades to Degrees

A groundbreaking learning pathway, especially for trades’ professionals

Trades to Degrees is one of the first pathways in North America to allow recognized trade professionals the opportunity to progress from a trades credential to the third year of a degree program. Qualified trade professionals will be able to enter the third year of NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, building on their previous education and professional experience to open doors into entrepreneurship, leadership and management opportunities.

Learning options are flexible and designed to fit individual learner needs. Courses are offered during the day, evenings, weekends and online.

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