School of Skilled Trades
Welcome to the School of Skilled Trades! We offer training in over 40 program areas leading to journeyperson certification, pre-employment certificates or diploma credentials.
Our programs align with the knowledge and skills business and industry look for in graduates, and there is a high demand for NAIT-trained graduates. Our instructors are certified, experienced and competent in their specific teaching disciplines, and they are exceptional teachers and mentors.
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 classroom training. Typically, apprentices train for four years, spending 4-12 weeks a year at NAIT, and the rest of the time training on the job.
In order to train as an apprentice, you must first be hired by an employer who is willing to provide job-site training. You must also be registered as an apprentice through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
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NAIT launches Trades to Degrees initiative
NAIT has launched one of the first pathways in North America to allow certified tradespeople the opportunity to move directly from a trades certificate to the third year of a degree program. The pioneering Trades to Degrees pathway is a response to workforce demand for tradespeople with managerial, leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies
In September 2016, the School of Skilled Trades grew to include the Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies.