The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

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.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

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 and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), 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 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

Open the door to your academic and professional careers

All winter 2022 term courses and labs will continue to be delivered daily as scheduled through virtual live synchronous lectures. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes as listed in their portal for the full term.

NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program is a bridging program designed for adults from a variety of academic backgrounds, to gain prerequisite entrance requirements needed for post-secondary career study. Once accepted into the program, students have the flexibility to choose specific courses that they require for upgrading.

Upon successful completion of our Academic Upgrading program, you will be eligible for conditional acceptance into NAIT credit programs, pending successful completion of all other entrance requirements.

Upgrading courses taken at NAIT, can be used for admission requirements to a NAIT career program or any other Alberta post-secondary Institution.

Please note: Our program does not have a mature student policy. Course and entrance prerequisites are required. Review document on tab "Before Applying"

Please note: Our program does not have a mature student policy. Course and entrance prerequisites are required. Review document on tab “Before Applying”

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Before applying

There are a few things you should know before completing the online application through Apply Alberta.

Upgrading courses are offered in 3 terms so you have flexible options while  upgrading. Most courses are offered during the daytime, with some evening and online options available so you can work around your personal and professional commitments.

Fall Term:  September to mid-December (15 weeks in total)
Winter Term:  January to end of April (15 weeks in total)
Spring Term:  May to end of July (courses are condensed and move at a rapid pace in this 12-week term).

Courses for the current school year 2021-2022

Course Prerequisites

  • Review the document to see which courses have prerequisites
  • Check course hours for AB Works Funding eligibility
  • Note that a GED will not be accepted for the entrance requirement or for required course prerequisites

Tuition fees for 2021-22

It’s important to plan your tuition and finances. Tuition deadline dates are posted in your MyNAIT student portal for the term of studies. Full fees will need to be paid by the deadline, no matter who is paying, or you will be cancelled.

Funding Options

Funding is available to upgrading students who qualify.

Investigate your eligibility and how to apply on the ESL and Academic Upgrading Funding website.

  • Students must be enrolled in upgrading classes before applying for funding
  • The Course Prerequisite Listing indicates the number of hours per course for funding purposes
  • Students relying on funding must be prepared to pay for courses in full by the deadline, as funding may take up to 4 to 5 months for processing

Once you have determined NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program is a good fit, you are ready to proceed with completing the online application found at the top right of the Overview tab.

If you are being sponsored other than through AB Works Funding, the company will have to complete the Third Party Sponsorship degree form and submit.

Important information:

Please take note of the following:

  • Although the Academic Upgrading courses are listed as 5 credits/course, tuition fees are charged on a 3 credit fee model

Before applying

Before you enrol

Academic Upgrading Placement Test

A placement test can help you fulfill or prove entrance requirements for admission into Academic Upgrading courses.

How to apply

Now that you have established NAIT will be a suitable fit for you to complete your upgrading, you are ready to proceed with completing the online application found at the top right of the Overview tab.

Entrance Requirement: English 10-1 or 10-2.

Non-Alberta Canadian Transcripts 

Academic Upgrading Placement Tests

  • Placement tests are only required if you cannot provide the necessary official documents to prove the English entrance requirement or course prerequisites.


“I was a student in the Math 30-2 asynchronous course. The instructor was very accessible, professional, and helpful throughout the course. As a full-time working mother with two toddlers, this course gave me the freedom of completing it anytime and anywhere.

I was afraid in the beginning that the video presentations would be hard to understand, so I even talked to a tutor to get help. I soon learnt, I had to cancel the tutor, because the videos were very clear and understandable.

I have already recommended it to a couple of my friends.”

Pawan Billing, 2021

On acceptance to the program, you will be contacted by the program with instructions about how to enrol in courses.

If necessary, you will be able to book an appointment with an academic advisor through the Student Service Centre to design the best course of study for your needs.

Contact Student Service Centre



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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.

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