JR Shaw School of Business

Business for Journeyperson Pathway to a Business Administration - Management Diploma

Build your future in business

Building on your background in a Red Seal trade, our Business for Journeyperson Pathway to a Business Administration -  Management Diploma opens doors to taking on leadership roles within your industry. Your skilled trades training and experience provides a fast-track into the program allowing you to gain the knowledge needed and round out your skills to become an effective leader, supervisor or manager in an evolving market.

Our management program will prepare you in business operations by sharing fundamental topics of management such as:

  • organizational dynamics and structure
  • project management
  • data and financial analysis
  • business planning and strategy
  • organizational operations
  • human resources
  • marketing and economics

Graduates will earn a Business Administration Diploma specializing in Management. 

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What to Expect

The Business for Journeyperson Pathway to a Business Administration - Management Diploma provides the business expertise you need to become an effective team leader, supervisor or manager in a changing business and technical environment. Courses include project management, operations management, strategic management, human resource management, communications, marketing, and other management foundational topics.

Hands-on learning

At the JR Shaw School of Business, real-world assignments make classes relevant and interesting. Students continually hone their skills through hands-on learning opportunities.

Student Experience

The JR Shaw School of Business offers many opportunities that enhance student life.

We get to know our students, learn their goals and assist them in achieving their potential. We partner with businesses and industry leaders, enabling our students to work on real projects in a supportive and engaging environment.

Along with this unique education experience, students have additional learning opportunities:

  • Business simulation – Online simulations provide an opportunity for students to practice skills they’ve learned in the classroom such as decision making and to analyze the results in a controlled environment. Learn more.
  • Clubs – Students draw on skills developed in the classroom as they work on projects, hone their networking skills and learn from industry experts. Learn more.
  • Business Competitions – Students in the JR Shaw School of Business have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of business competitions during their studies at NAIT.
  • Awards – Our students have enjoyed great success and recognition in various competitions, locally, nationally and internationally.

Technology requirements

Business and technology are linked in today's work environment. The School of Business prepares students for success by integrating mainstream technology into our teaching tools and assignments.

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

PC

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

Mac

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

Tablets

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

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

Graduate Information & Opportunities

The program provides experienced tradespeople with the management skills they need to start a company or advance their careers in a management role.

Further career enhancement courses

Graduates of the Business for Journeyperson Management program can use the program to apply for Blue Seal Certification.

Many students choose to continue their NAIT education and earn a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Industry support

This program has been developed by industry for industry. Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and various trade unions support this program.

Transfer and post-secondary agreements

Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are the same as our BUS programs (calculated on a cost per credit for 11 courses x 3 credits per course). For more information, please visit Domestic  Students Tuition and Fees.

For any questions, or to speak with a Program Specialist, please contact the Business Information Centre.

Scholarships & Awards

NAIT supports over 4,000 students with over $6 million in scholarships and bursaries each year. Many are available for students across a wide range of programs.

Explore our available Scholarships and Bursaries

How to Apply

Business for Journeyperson is open to recognized trades professionals with a Red Seal Journeyperson certification in any skilled trade. Applicant's training and career history is reviewed by NAIT as part of the application assessment. 

An applicant must be a Red Seal Certified Journeyperson with 1 or more years of experince 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.

Entrance Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of Red Seal Trade Certification
  • Resumé detailing 1 or more years of experience in designated trade
    • Include job titles, company names, employment  durations, and detailed role duties in resume. 

Applicants will be provisionally accepted which requires successful completion of 6 bridging courses within 12 months of the start of term. If this provision is not met, the application will be revoked (cancelled). To continue their studies, the applicant will need to re-apply to Business Administration, Management and adhere to the program’s course requirements at the time of admission.

If you feel you are eligible to apply, please proceed by Starting Your Application. After applying online to  Business Administration, Management, you will need to upload documentation to your MyNAIT Portal. This documentation includes any outstanding official high school transcripts (if outside of Alberta), any outstanding post-secondary transcripts, proof of Red Seal certification and a resume detailing 1+ years of skiled trades experience. Please review the Submitting Documents webpage for more information.

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