Professional Development Certificates

NAIT’s one-year, full-time, professional development program will earn you a professional development certificate and prepare you for the Canadian workplace.

  • Our professional development certificates are designed to advance your previous education and work experience
  • Gain job-ready skills and knowledge with the latest technology, trends, and methodologies
  • Certificates are closely tied to the needs of the Alberta Labor market
  • Enhance your professional communications skills
  • Be eligible to apply for your Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) upon completion
  • Study on campus in a vibrant face-to-face environment

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Benefits of Professional Development Certificates

Study in Canada

Workforce-Ready Training

Professional Certification

Career Progression

Program Details

  • 12 months full-time
  • International Tuition Fee: $17,997 CAD
    • Term 1: $6,053 CAD
    • Term 2: $6,340 CAD
    • Term 3: $5,604 CAD
  • Start Term: August 2023
  • This is a non-credit professional development certificate which may qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) if all other eligibility criteria are met.
  • International students are eligible to apply for a study permit for this program.

Certification

NAIT is a Project Management Institute (PMI) approved  Authorized Training Partner.

Upon completion of the program, you will receive the following certificates:

  • Project Management for Information Technology
  • Canadian Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leading Self
  • Leading the Team
  • Enhanced Team Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Office Technology

Upon completion of the International Professional Development Certificate, you will also receive a professional development certificate applicable to use in your PGWP application.

Program Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of a 1-year diploma from a Canadian institute, 2-year post-secondary diploma or 4-year post-secondary degree
    • When it is time to apply, copies of your official academic transcripts showing completion of a post-secondary Diploma or Degree must be submitted. If your original transcript is in a language other than English, it must be officially translated;
    • An official WES or IQAS credential assessment showing successful completion of a Diploma or Degree will also be accepted

English Language Requirements

The following are required to prove English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic Format) - minimum of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0
    • 6.5 in the speaking component
    • 6.0 in the reading component
    • 6.0 in the listening component
    • 6.0 in the writing component
  • Pearson Tests of English Academic - minimum overall score of 55, with no less than 40 in each skill (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • TOEFL Internet Based or TOEFL Special Home Edition test - minimum of 83, with no individual component below 20, and the writing component no less than 23
    • 20 in the speaking component
    • 20 in the reading component
    • 20 in the listening component
    • 23 in the writing component
  • NAIT's Level 6 Courses NEAP611, NEAP621 and NEAP631
    • successful completion of all 3 courses with 60% or higher in each course
  • NAIT English Language Proficiency Exam - minimum of 75% or higher in each of the four components (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLB) - minimum of 8 in each component (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • Duolingo English Test - minimum overall score of 115, with no band limits 

Information for International Students

Arriving in Edmonton
From a list of things to do in Alberta, to helpful information about housing and cost of living, learn about what to expect when you arrive in Edmonton.

Health Care
While you're here, remember that your health is key to your success as a student! Fortunately, as an international student, you have many great options for health and dental care in Alberta. Learn more about the  coverage you are eligible for!

  • Government health care insurance in Alberta is free! It is critical that you apply for insurance when you arrive as hospital costs can be extremely high. International students and their dependents can apply for insurance with the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) if they plan to remain in Alberta for 12 months or more. You should apply for AHCIP within 90 days of arrival in Alberta. If you reside in Alberta for less than 12 months, you will have to arrange your own health coverage. 

Health Insurance
Students will need to purchase health and travel insurance. Non-credit students are not eligible for student health insurance benefits. Students enrolled in non-credit will not be charged any NAITSA fees. There are many local supports whose resources are available for students in the lobby of the NAITSA office.

Bus Pass
All NAIT students with a OneCard can purchase a discounted bus pass from Shop at NAIT.

Housing
Students can apply to live in student housing at nearby schools. Once they are admitted and enrolled, they can apply.

Info Sessions
Finally, don't forget to check out upcoming information sessions, events and tours.

Policies

Applications Open
Students with a valid study permit, citizens, or permanent residents – minimum six months before classes start. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Students, without a valid study permit – minimum six months before classes start. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Applications Close
Students with a valid study permit, citizen, or permanent residents – ten days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Students without a valid study permit – eight weeks before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Check the website for dates

Missed Application Deadline
Speak to an advisor prior to applying. Email continuingeducation@nait.ca

Admission Criteria
Must have a post-secondary degree or diploma

Minimum English language proficiency listed on our website

Payments
All fees are in CDN

Application Fee
$0

Tuition Fee
$17,997 CAD

  • Term 1: $6,053 CAD
  • Term 2: $6,340 CAD
  • Term 3: $5,604 CAD

Acceptance Letter
Full term fee is required to receive an acceptance letter. Term fees are inclusive of tuition and are refundable, minus a $250 CAD administrative fee. 

Tuition Fee Deadlines
First Term tuition payment is required within 30 days of being accepted into the program.

Second and third term tuition payments are due 30 days before the first day of the term.

A payment will be applied against any outstanding balance from a previous term before being applied to current or future tuition and term fees.

Students are responsible for all fees charged to your student account. If you add or drop courses after you have paid your fees, your account balance may change.

Ensure any outstanding balance is paid by the deadline to avoid monthly interest charges.

You must meet payment deadlines even if you have applied for student loans, scholarships, bursaries, or sponsorship.

Deadlines are strictly enforced. 

Late enrolments will require payment before classes start – this can be 24 hours.

Recreations fees are optional.

Refund Policy
All fees are CDN.

Study Permit Denial
NAIT provides a refund, less $250 if a student cancels or is denied a study permit. There is no app fee collected, so this serves as an app/admin fee.

  • Students with a valid study permit, citizens, or permanent residents – ten calendar days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca
  • Students without a valid study permit – 30 calendar days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Study Permit Deadline Missed
NAIT provides a refund, less than $250 if a student cancels or is denied a study permit. There is no application fee collected, so this serves as an app/admin fee.

Application Fee Refund
N/A - NAIT does not have application fees.

Deposit Fee Refund
N/A - NAIT does not have application fees

Tuition Refunds
Update current NAIT C&CE refund policy to include international certificates.

  • Students with a valid study permit citizens, or permanent residents – ten calendar days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca
  • Students without a valid study permit – 30 calendar before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Drop Deadline
For a tuition refund – NAIT will retain $250 CAD

  • Students with a valid study permit citizens, or permanent residents – ten days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca
  • Students without a valid study permit – one month before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Withdrawls
If you decide not to attend NAIT, you must formally request a withdrawal from the program in writing.  Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal; you will be held responsible for all fees incurred. Inquiries need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Attendance
Students are required to attend 100% of classes. If a student is absent from a portion of a course, they will be responsible for connecting with the instructor to make up the assignment/study time.

If a student is absent from a whole course, they are responsible for connecting with the program to be enrolled in a makeup course.

Class Cancellation
NAIT reserves the right to restrict enrolment or to cancel any class or program for which there is insufficient enrolment. If the course you have enrolled in is cancelled, we will make every effort to contact you prior to the start date. Fees for cancelled classes will be refunded or applied to another course.

Admission Deferral Policy
Deferrals are possible to the next academic year but may have a fee change. Fees are reviewed annually, and deferred students would be subject to additional fees. Deferrals are allowed once.

Eligibility

  • To be considered for a deferral, you must:
  • Have paid your tuition deposit to accept an offer of admission to NAIT and continue to meet any conditions outlined in your offer of admission
  • Be impacted by study permit processing delays from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Submit an admission deferral request within the deferral timeline via email: continuingeducation@nait.ca
  • Deadlines
  • International students with a valid study permit citizens, or permanent residents – ten days before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca
  • International students without a valid study permit – one month before the first day of class. Inquiries after this deadline need to be sent via email to: continuingeducation@nait.ca

Re-entry Policy
Student cases are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Please email our advisors @continuingeducation@nait.ca

Re-open Application Policy and Process
Student cases are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Please email our advisors @continuingeducation@nait.ca

Failure to Complete Policy and Deadlines
Students who have failed a course are required to meet with the program area within 5 calendar days after the class grades have been posted to explore options to complete. Please email @continuingeducation@nait.ca

Failure to complete all required courses by the program end date will result in a program failure grade and no completion certificate will be issued. Students who do not complete will need to reapply to the program, pay all required fees, and complete the classes.

Waitlist Process and Policy (the LOA says each program manages their waitlist)
Waitlists are managed by the program.

Students who are placed on waitlists will be offered a seat on a first-applied, first qualified basis.

Applicants will be notified of their waitlist status from the program area up until the first day of class.

Payment deadlines may differ from the standard deadline if late admission is offered.

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Leadership and Project Management for IT

Leadership and Project Management skills are in constant demand regardless of industry. These skills allow you to organize your work, make plans, track where you have been and look for trends. Keeping your efforts on schedule, on budget, and most importantly, within the satisfaction of your customers and stakeholders can be both challenging and rewarding work.

The Leadership and Project Management for IT Professional Development Certificate Program at NAIT helps you better understand team dynamics and its impact on projects. You will be introduced to project management tools and leadership techniques that will assist your personal and professional development in order to bring continuous improvement to your projects and organization.

This program aligns with the methodologies and practices described in the latest version of “A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBoK®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Hands on, industry-relevant skills

Through this program, you will learn how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close out the work of a team to achieve specific outcomes.

Among the wide range of skills and knowledge you will gain, you can expect to learn:

  • Essential processes, terminology and elements of project management
  • Strategies and sophisticated techniques used in project management
  • Elements of the project life cycle
  • How to develop a project charter
  • How to use various project management tools
  • Risk and quality management
  • Team-building and leadership skills
  • About case studies related to information technology projects

Instructors will have extensive information technology project management backgrounds!

In addition to the core Project Management for Information Technology Certificate, you will earn workforce-ready certificates in: Canadian Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Leading Self, Leading the Team, Enhanced Team Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation and Office Technology.

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How does this fill labour market gaps?

Based on market data, Leadership and Project Management for IT roles are high in demand. The integration of technical and business disciplines puts it on the cutting edge of companies' digital transformation, making it one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada. The average median salary is around $93,400 per year in Alberta. Primary job titles and employment outcomes include:

  • Project Managers
  • Project Coordinators
  • Geotechnical Engineers
  • Business Analysts
  • Environmental Project Managers
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Project Controls Specialists
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Project Engineers
  • IT Project Managers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Municipal Engineers
  • Technology Risk Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Environmental Engineers/Scientists
  • Project Controllers 
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