School of Skilled Trades Diploma and Certificate Programs

Your future in the trades starts at NAIT!

Our Skilled Trades diploma and certificate programs provide you with a direct pathway into trades training without having to find employment first. NAIT combines technical and career-essential skills with the latest technology, so you can hit the ground running after you graduate.

After completing a diploma or certificate program, you have the option to complete apprenticeship hours that can lead you to a Journeyperson Certificate.

Why choose a diploma or certificate pathway?

Greater earning potential and job opportunities

NAIT prepares you with technical and career-essential skills including collaboration, communication, problem solving and professionalism. Get ahead by entering the job market with the knowledge and skills employers are looking for.  

Flexibility to pursue your Journeyperson Certificate

After graduation, you have the option to complete apprenticeship hours that can lead to a Journeyperson Certificate. Alternatively, you can immediately start your career using your diploma or certificate credentials.

A quick pathway into the trades

Unlike the apprenticeship pathway, you do not have to be employed and apply with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) to join the program. Instead you can apply to NAIT directly.

Access to further education

If you graduate with a diploma, you’ll have the opportunity to further your education with NAIT’s post-diploma programs such as the Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Business Administration and Data Analytics Certificate. These programs are not accessible in the traditional apprenticeship pathway.


Diploma programs

Advanced Plumbing Technology

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: On-Campus Day Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Advanced Plumbing Technology diploma is a unique opportunity to get the technical and career essential skills you need to succeed in the plumbing industry.

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Advanced Welding Technology

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Advanced Welding Technology diploma goes beyond the Alberta Welder Apprenticeship training.

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Automotive Service Technology

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Automotive Service Technology Diploma program provides training in automotive repair and diagnostics, including soft skills such as professionalism, to advance career opportunities for students.

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Baking and Pastry Arts

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

Baking and Pastry Arts diploma program focuses on the art and science of bread, cake and pastry making, including cake design and decorating, confectionary training

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Building Environmental Systems

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 07, 2021

The Building Environmental Systems Technology program focuses on the engineering theory and conceptual aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration

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Culinary Arts

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

Students in NAIT's renowned Culinary Arts program are introduced to the fundamental skills of cooking, including contemporary hot and cold presentation, pastry art and international cuisine

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Electrical Installations Technology

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Electrical Installations Technology diploma offers a direct pathway into trades training at NAIT without having to first be an indentured apprentice.

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Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology

 
Credential: Diploma Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Industrial Heavy Equipment Technology diploma program with teach you how to diagnose and repair machinery in the heavy equipment industry competently and safely.

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Certificate programs

CNC Machinist Technician

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

CNC Machinist certificate provides skills and knowledge in conventional machine operations on drill presses, lathes, milling machines and various grinding machines

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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The HVAC Specialist program provides familiarity with the HVAC/R industry and understanding of the operating principles of industry-specific equipment, systems and procedures.

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Millwork and Carpentry

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

In the Millwork and Carpentry program, you will gain hands-on skills in the design and construction of wood structures, cabinets, shelving units and furniture.

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Pre-Employment Auto Body Repair

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Pre-employment Auto Body Repair program prepares you for an entry-level position in the auto body trade.

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Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2021

Pre-employment Automotive Service Technician is a short-term program that combines applied academic skills, employability skills and introductory trade/occupation competencies.

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Professional Meat Cutting & Merchandising

 
Credential: Certificate Delivery Options: Both On-Campus and Virtual Application Deadline: Sep 01, 2022

The Meat Cutting and Merchandising is an intensive 15 week program followed by 90 hours of practicum that will give you the skills to prepare and market a wide variety of meat, poultry and fish

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How to apply

With the Skilled Trades certificate and diploma programs, you can apply directly to NAIT. Follow our easy, step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Application checklist