Trades to Degrees

A custom business degree entry for trades professionals

Trades to Degrees is one of the first educational pathways in North America to allow recognized trade professionals the opportunity to progress from a trades credential to the third year of a degree program.

Who can apply

Qualified trade professionals who have 3-5 years of management work experience will be able to enter the third year of NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, building on their previous education and professional experience to open doors into entrepreneurship, leadership and management opportunities.

Learning options are flexible and designed to fit individual learner needs. Classes are offered in a variety of ways, online, daytime, face to face and evenings/weekends. We offer a fall, winter and spring intake.

“It's amazing. Two years for a degree; it's a steal of a deal."

Abdalla Qudsi, Bachelor of Business Administration – emphasis in Management

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What you will learn

NAIT’s BBA degree provides an in-depth business education. Relevant theory is combined with the practical skills needed to put that knowledge to use in the workplace. Students gain hands-on expertise with leading software applications and business processes. Critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills are key learning objectives.

Required course work consists of 20 courses (60 hours and 3 credits each). These courses make up the core curriculum necessary to earn the BBA degree.

Application requirements

Trades to Degrees is open to recognized trades professionals who have 3–5 years of management experience. Training and career history is reviewed by NAIT as part of the application assessment. As part of this assessment, knowledge gaps may be identified. In cases where there are gaps, an advisor may recommend up to 6 additional courses to be completed.

An applicant must be a Red Seal Certified journeyperson with 3–5 years of management experience in their trade. This demonstrates that applicants have already met competency requirements set forth by the Government of Alberta – Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) branch.  For many trades, this may be as a certified journeyperson (also known as a journeyman ticket). 

Consistent with the requirements to enter the BBA through other pathways, students admitted through the Trades to Degrees pathway will have the following high school credentials or previous education credentials.

Entrance Requirements

Please refer to the entrance requirements and application  steps through the Bachelor of Business Administration – General program.

Additional requirements

  • Proof of Red Seal Trade Certification
  • Resumé detailing 3-5 years of management experience in designated trade.

Once all application documents have been received, applicants will meet with an advisor. If you don't meet these requirements, there may be other business pathways open to you, such as the Business for Journeyperson Pathway to Management Diploma.

For any questions, or to talk to an advisor, please contact the Business Information Centre.


What you will need

The JR Shaw School of Business highly recommends our students acquire and make use of a computer (laptop or tablet*) in an away from the classroom in order to successfully engage and complete course curriculum.

Your computer will be used to access key learning resources critical to your success in the program and therefore must be in good working order. It is also important to have a battery with sufficient life to allow for use when a plug-in is not available, as your battery should be able to last throughout your daily schedule/classes.

Replacement batteries can often be purchased to improve battery life on an existing computer.

Please make sure you have a dedicated keyboard and pointing device (mouse or stylus) to complement your tablet so you will not be disadvantaged when completing online activities, assignments, and assessments in and out of the classroom.

At minimum, your laptop must meet the following requirements:


  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
  • 2 GB memory (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi connection


  • OSX 10.7 or later
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
  • 2 GB memory (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi connection


For tablets* the minimum Operating System requirements are as follows.

  • Android - KitKat 4.4
  • Apple - iOS8
  • Microsoft - Windows 10