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Continuing Education

Business Foundations


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.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Your business education starts here

Effective for courses starting after September 1, 2019, this program will be a part of a pilot payment program. For selected courses this year students are only required to pay a down payment of 25%, plus any applicable material fees and related GST upon enrolment. The remaining 75% of the balance will be due 5 days before the program starts.  This will apply to the Packaged Bundle “BUSF870” exclusively. There are no other changes to NAIT Continuing Education enrolment or refund policies.

If you do not currently have the prerequisites for NAIT's Business Administration - General diploma program, the Business Foundations program provides a pathway to help you get in. A full-time, one-term program, it provides academic principles to enhance your success in future business courses.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills 

Completing and passing all four courses in the program fulfills the entrance requirements for NAIT's Business Administration diploma program and provides you transfer credits for 2 first-year courses. As you refresh your skills and establish a strong academic foundation, you have the added benefit of knowing your course work in this term applies to your diploma program.

Over the course of the term, you will:

  • Devise individual strategies for academic success
  • Develop a plan for personal and professional growth
  • Integrate appropriate technical and software applications that support academic activities
  • Implement and improve professional communication skills
  • Discover fundamental principles and develop business skills for subsequent course work

You will receive advanced standing in:

  • COMM1101: Communications 1
  • FNCE1125: Introduction to Finance

You must obtain at least 55% in all 4 courses to obtain admission to the Business Administration program.  You must also demonstrate that you meet NAIT's English Language Proficiency standard prior to being admitted to the diploma program.

Learn more about NAIT Business Administration Learn more about NAIT English Language Proficiency testing

Academic prerequisites

It is recommended applicants have Math 10C and English 10-1 or 10-2.

As English is the language of instruction at NAIT, an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite for admission. By registering in the program, you are certifying that you have an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English. NAIT has a number of assessments that meet our English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements.

Learn more about English Language Proficiency requirements at NAIT

Fees and books

Program Tuition: $2,155

*Textbooks extra - approximately $560

Disclaimer: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may have additional expenses. All fees are subject to change.