Continuing Education

Innovation, Creation and Implementation

NAIT has partnered with InVision Edge to deliver a training program covering the key areas required to create innovative solutions to unique problems. Through the Quick Start Program, you will learn how to make change happen regardless of your position in the company, prior experience or current familiarity with innovation systems. Through inVision's blended approach to virtual delivery, they will coach you through the process of transformation for today.

Why Learn to Innovate?

  • We have all experienced disruption to our work
  • We need new solutions to new problems
  • We need to learn the skills to keep up to and lead change
  • We need to invigorate a new economy with meaningful innovations

Everyone talks about innovation as the key to company (and career) success in this rapidly changing world. Few have had an opportunity to learn a front-to-back system to innovate – until now.

Courses

Quick Facts

Campus: Main

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

Delivery Options:

  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday in the daytime.

What You Will Learn

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for individuals who are either practitioners of innovation in their organizations (ex. Innovation Specialist, Project Manager, etc.) or individuals who are interested in learning how to approach complex problems and opportunities with an innovative mindset (and a new set of tools!).

How much time per week will I need to dedicate to the course?

Plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week on the course work. This includes completing online pre-session work, participating in the facilitated virtual session, engaging in the coaching time, and completing homework assignments.

What does a typical week look like?

When you register for the course, you will receive a link with an introductory video and instructions to log in to your course (and pre-session links). Each week, you will need to watch some online videos and complete short no-stress quizzes (usually around 40 mins of videos per week) ahead of the scheduled virtual sessions. Then, you will log into your virtual session and participate in some exercises to help you understand how the theory you learned in the videos applies in practice. A short virtual coaching session will be scheduled for the class as well to address questions that may arise while participants are completing application/homework assignments through the balance of the week.

What equipment /technology do I need to participate in the course?

You will need access to a desktop computer or laptop equipped with a camera. You will also need a good Internet connection in order to participate in the virtual sessions.

What happens if I don’t complete the pre-session work ahead of a virtual session?

Participants who do not complete the pre-session work will not be able to access the activities in the facilitated session. The Cycles to Mastery approach we use in this course is designed to build skills and understanding from one cycle to the next. The pre-session video work provides all of the theory components of Quick Start. The virtual sessions do not actively review the content shared in the videos - instead it focuses on how the theory is applied.

Do I need to complete all the assignments to achieve my certification?

Yes. All assignments must be submitted and marked as completed by the grader in order to achieve your Blue Belt Certification. These must be completed by the provided due date of your course.

Can I apply the hours from this course towards my professional designation continuing education requirements?

Depending on your certifying body, you may be able to apply the hours from this course against continuing education requirements for maintaining a professional designation. You may request a letter from your facilitator to submit the hours for review. Past participants have been granted credit towards such designations as P.Eng, PMP and CPHR.

What do I have access to after certification?

You will have ongoing access to an Innovators Toolkit. An assortment of the most popular tools to help you run sessions and projects. You will also be invited to join us in a growing virtual innovation community.

Career Opportunities

Individuals who complete a certification in Innovation Engineering often hold titles such as, Innovation Specialist, Corporate Project Manager, Product Manager/Specialist, Product Development Specialist, Strategic Initiative Manager, Director or Manager of Innovation, Continuous Improvement Specialist, or Business Analyst.

Graduates of the program also become solo-preneurs or consultants who are looking to build their skills in order to start or grow their own business.

As Innovation Engineering takes hold in Canada, we are starting to see cities where job postings are including a certification in Innovation Engineering as an asset.

Certified Learning

You will receive your internationally recognized Innovation Engineering Blue Belt certification by successfully completing your assignments within sixty days following your training.

Instructors

David Moskal

David Moskal

As a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, David works with teams from a variety of industries to help them solve problems with meaningfully unique solutions.

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Rhonda Honke

Rhonda Honke

Rhonda’s commitment and drive for innovation stems from her passion to help organizations and their employees ‘win’.

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Ryan Ramsdale

Ryan Ramsdale

Ryan is a highly motivated, results-oriented people developer who engages teams and individuals with enthusiasm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I apply/register?

Except for our Academic Upgrading and ESL programs, you do not need to apply to get started. If you would like to join us for courses, you can enrol yourself through our website and complete your fee payment by VISA/MasterCard credit or debit card.

You can proceed to the course page and select “Add to Cart” beside the course dates of your choice. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account. A video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

Visit the ESL application page for details on how to register.

Visit the Academic Upgrading program page for details on how to register.

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When is the deadline to register?

This can vary depending on the course or program. Some courses may have specific registration deadlines, which will be noted under View Course Information.

Space is limited, and our courses can fill up well before the scheduled start date. For best results, we recommend enrolling as soon as you are able. If the Add to Cart button is available on the website, you are welcome to enrol.

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I am trying to sign up, but the shopping cart says “already enrolled in course, add not processed.” What do I do now?

You may have begun and not finished the checkout process in the last 24 hours. The course is on your MyNAIT portal waiting for secure online payment to confirm your seat in the class.

Please log in to your MyNAIT portal complete online payment through Self Service.

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I've been added to a waitlist. What does this mean?

If a course you wish to take says Add to Waitlist instead of Add to Cart, that means that there are no open seats for registration for that section.

You can add yourself to the waitlist at no charge for a chance to be enrolled if space becomes available. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will receive an email notice advising you to visit your student portal to make a payment.

Where possible, we recommend enrolling yourself in a different section with available space to ensure you can still complete the course even if you are not enrolled from the waitlist into your preferred section.

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Do I need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes? How do I make one?

Yes, you do need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes.

If you are new to NAIT, we recommend creating a NAIT account on the MyNAIT portal. When you are asked for a NAIT ID number, leave the space blank if you have not attended or applied to NAIT before, and our system will generate a new Student ID for you.

Once your account has been made, you can search for a course and add it to your cart. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account with your new username and password.  More details including a video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

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Funding Options

How much does it cost?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What are my funding and payment options?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?

To be eligible for a refund, you must drop your course at least 10 calendar days before the class start date.

Please see the refund policy for more information.

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Are there other fees for textbooks, memberships, hardware or equipment? If so, is it something I buy from NAIT, and how?

If textbooks, materials or software are required for an individual course, it will be noted in the course details. If software or other costs apply to a whole program, it will be listed in the program overview.

Most textbooks can be purchased directly from Shop at NAIT. The program area will provide further directions if your course requires textbooks, software or other materials that need to be purchased elsewhere.

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An organization (employer or community organization) wants to pay for my Continuing Education courses by invoice. How do we set this up?

Please submit a Third Party Sponsorship form for Continuing Education courses.

This document needs to clearly identify the student, the course(s) requested, the start dates for each course requested, and the contact information of the sponsoring organization and invoicing contact. Once complete, submit the forms online.

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Courses, certificates and transfer credits

I want to apply for transfer credit, what is the process?

Transfer credit is granted as per the guidelines and process outlined here. Please note that processing times for transfer credit is 4-6 weeks, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.  

To apply for transfer credit, please log into your MyNAIT portal account and select Open Self-Service. Once in Self-Service, select Academic Records>Transfer Credits>Apply for Transfer Credits. Please follow the prompts, make the required payment, and click submit. If you do not click on the submit button, your transfer credit application will not be received by NAIT.  

To monitor your transfer credit application, under the same section Self-Service, select Monitor Application Status. You can also locate the step-by-step Transfer Credit Application guide under the Self-Service Guide on the portal. 

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I am looking for a course or program

You can search for a Continuing Education program or course based on your area of interest here.

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What are the prior knowledge and skill expectations (prerequisites) for Continuing Education courses?

The expectations before joining any of our programs will vary for each course and certificate. We will list prerequisites or recommended prior knowledge for each certificate on the program landing page, and for individual courses in the course information.

You can view individual course information by either clicking the course title or the View Course Information option under the course title.

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Is there a recommended order to take each course in the certificate?

Most program areas list the courses in the recommended order and include any prerequisite information in the course Information description. If a course is listed as a pre-requisite, you would need to have completed the prerequisite to be able to register.

If a course is listed as recommended you can enrol without having the prerequisite on your record, which we only recommend doing if you have mastered the content of the recommended course through other work experience or education.

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How long does it take to finish this program? Do I have a time limit?

Many Continuing Education programs are relatively short, and you have the benefit of taking individual courses as fit your schedule and budget.

Use the drop-down menu of dates beside the add to cart button to pick out a schedule that works for you. We recommend completing most programs within 1-2 years wherever possible to help you maintain connections in your learning from course to course.

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How do I request a certificate after I complete a course or program?

After you have completed all required courses associated with your program, you can request certification.

Download and submit the Request for Certificate form for Continuing Education programs. The form provides directions for where to submit your request.

Certificate requests typically take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

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Can I get credit towards this credential for experience or past coursework?

Many programs will accept previous experience or coursework.

There is a fee and formal application process for transfer credit for previous course work or work experience. Learn more about transfer and credit options.

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Technology Requirements

The course description says “Mac, Chromebook or tablets are not supported." What are my options to attend virtual courses?

The statement about Windows vs. Mac is for classes that are taught on computers running Windows.

The instructor will be using a Windows operating system for these courses and will not be able to allocate instructional time navigating or troubleshooting differences between Mac/Windows OS.

Some students are comfortable doing that type of troubleshooting themselves, but there may also be software compatibility concerns for your individual course and the instructor will not able to provide direct technical support should you choose to proceed against the program’s recommendation.

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What is Moodle, and how do I use it?

Moodle is the learning platform we use for many of our online courses.

If your course will be delivered through Moodle, you can access it by clicking the Moodle button right in your MyNAIT portal account. You will find your course linked in Moodle on the scheduled start date.

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