NAIT's nationally accredited Chemical Technology program will prepare you for work as a chemical technologist in industrial, government and commercial laboratories.

The program emphasizes the application of standard and specialized laboratory techniques across scientific disciplines. Training is lab-focused; you'll gain practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory instruments and computer applications in NAIT's advanced Centre for Chemical Studies.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for 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. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In Chemical Technology, you'll learn to work independently and in teams to  design experiments and solve unique problems. You'll also use computers and software for data acquisition, analysis, literature searches and to prepare oral and written reports.

Throughout the program, you'll perform audits to identify safety hazards, and apply WHMIS principles to the storage, handling, preparation and disposal of hazardous materials.

First-year chemistry courses include chemical safety, laboratory techniques, organic and inorganic chemistry, quantitative analysis and physical chemistry. Additional courses in computers, math, physics and communications complete the first year. 

Second-year courses include instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, applied biochemistry, industrial chemistry, oil, gas, and coal chemistry, and project management. 

Chemical Technology students

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Laboratory and analysis skills

  • Prepare reagents and calibration standards
  • Synthesize, isolate and purify organic and inorganic compounds
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative wet chemical analyses
  • Use standard industrial methods for sample analysis
  • Collect and prepare representative samples for lab and field analyses
  • Perform spectroscopic, chromatographic, potentiometric, coulometric, conductometric and thermogravimetric analyses
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory equipment

Instrumental analysis skills

  • Perform spectroscopic analyses using UV-VIS, FTIR, AA, ICP and NMR instruments
  • Perform chromatographic analyses using GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC and FPLC instruments

Discipline-specific training

  • Biochemistry: Isolate and analyze proteins, DNA and carbohydrates
  • Environment: Analyze air and water samples
  • Food: Analyze commercial food products
  • Industrial: Perform bench scale procedures for industrial unit operations and selected chemical processes
  • Oil, gas and coal: Perform product testing using ASTM and other industry-standard methods
Fume hood

Enter the workforce with confidence

Employment opportunities exist for Chemical Technology graduates in the following areas:

The chemical industry, involving the manufacture of a variety of inorganic and organic chemicals

The petroleum industry, involving the production and testing of fuels and lubricants

The environmental field, involving the identification and analysis of environmental pollutants

Laboratory support to the mining, food and agricultural industries

Biotechnology and forensic laboratories

Research laboratories at universities, colleges, industrial R&D facilities and government agencies

Technology Accreditation Canada

This program has been nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Chemical Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Opportunities for advanced education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Graduates are also eligible for advanced credit towards the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Griffith University in Australia
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management degree at Royal Roads University, Victoria
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Cape Breton University

Other universities may grant credit towards degree programs on a course-by-course basis.

Bachelor of Technology

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.

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, 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 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.


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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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