Looking for help? You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a guide to help you plan for school.
Before you begin, there are some things you need.
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) – these will help you see what programs you are eligible for. In Alberta, you can get your unofficial transcript online through Alberta Education.
- If you want to take apprenticeship training, you must be registered as an apprentice and hired by an employer willing to provide job-site training.
Paying for school
- Whether you are looking at financial aid, scholarships or bursaries, it’s a good idea to start planning to pay for school.
You should also think about
- What do you want to do?
- What do you have time for? How long do you want to be in school?
- What are your grades like? What requirements do you meet?
Step 1 – Explore your options
NAIT offers degrees, applied degrees, apprenticeship training, diplomas and certificates in more than 200 programs. Get into the workforce quickly by studying in a one-year certificate or two-year diploma program, or use those programs as building blocks toward a degree or other further education.
- Our Programs and Courses Search is a great place to start looking.
We offer flexible training options to achieve these credentials. Our full- and part-time programs let you accommodate your busy life, whether you’re working or raising a family. If you have questions about a program, here are a few ways to get them answered.
- Contact us – we’re here to help.
- Visit the Academic and Career Advising Centre in person – they specialize in helping you make good decisions.
- Take advantage of the Buddy System – follow a current student around for a day to get a feel for what classes are like. Contact us to see if your program of interest offers this experience.
Step 2 – Check entrance requirements
At NAIT, there are a few different types of entrance requirements, including academic requirements, English language proficiency requirements and non-academic requirements.
Step 3 – Research the industry
Before you start your education, it is important to research your chosen career field.
Use these questions to help you decide if you should apply to a program.
- How many grads get jobs after graduation?
- What jobs are available and what are they like?
- What are the entry-level and future salaries?
- What skills are required to be successful in the industry and the job?
- What is it like to work in the industry?
- What is the future like for the industry?
- Will I have to relocate?
Get help finding answers to these questions on our program pages or from the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS). Here you’ll find research and resources related to different companies and industries. You may also want to write a Career Investigation Report, which is required for some programs.
Step 4 – Get your application ready
Apply as early as you can. Some programs are very competitive, so applying early gives you a better chance.
While there are official application deadlines, we recommend you start applying on October 1.
Completing all the requirements for your application could take a while, so start this as soon as possible. Make sure you note important deadlines for submitting documents or completing actions. If you miss a deadline, your application may be cancelled.
International students have additional steps to complete, so you’ll need to start this process even earlier.
Apprenticeship students need to apply through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training’s Technical Training Centre. This is not the same as your MyNAIT Portal. Remember, you must already be a registered apprentice to take this training.
All students applying for programs must complete the following steps.
- Complete your online application through Apply Alberta.
- Pay your non-refundable application fee.
- Provide documents that support your application, like official transcripts. If you are applying while still in high school, you may need to submit additional documents at a later date.
Need help applying?
Once you have everything together, follow our step-by-step instructions on how to apply to make sure you include everything you need for a successful application.