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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The educational branch of NAIT that offers this program. Each school is uniquely equipped with facilities, equipment, and curriculum designed to benefit the needs of their students.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You want to be a baker. You want to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, pies and other baked goods. You are already comfortable weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients according to recipes.

But you want to learn more, like how to fry doughnuts, prepare pastry fillings or decorate baked goods. Maybe you want more experience working in an industrial kitchen operating production machinery.

At NAIT, we’ve been training baker apprentices

since 1963

We’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

The Baker program also offers a 2-year diploma option

Here are a few of the other subjects covered in the Baker apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  •  achieving provincial certification in hygiene and sanitation
  • training in emergency first aid
  • cutting and forming dough
  • using ovens to bake products

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you like creating things with your hands and desire a stable and secure career, then you’ll enjoy working as a baker.
Bakers work indoors in clean, well-ventilated and well-lit environments. Depending on your role, you may often have to work long shifts or overnight.

Training at NAIT

The Baker apprenticeship term is:

  • 3 years (three 12-month periods)
  • minimum 1560 hours on-the-job training each year
  • 8 weeks of technical training each year

You will also get the opportunity to participate in NAIT Bakes: A Canadian Masters Workshop, a unique hands-on professional development workshop where bakers can learn and practice new techniques with some of North America's most renowned baking educators.

Enter the workforce with confidence

As a baker, you will be employed in retail and wholesale bakeries, supermarkets, hospitals, institutions, hotels, catering companies, restaurants or camps. Employment is fairly steady and consistent throughout the year.

Experienced bakers can advance to supervisory positions, or you can start your own business. The skills you learn as an apprentice baker are transferrable to related occupations such as cook, pastry cook, cake decorator, baking instructor or salesperson for a supply company.


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Email: Culinary@nait.ca


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How to Apply

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Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise required to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Once training has been completed, the apprentice writes provincial examinations set by the Government of Alberta and becomes certified as a journeyperson.

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in baking theory, shop practices, trade calculations, sanitation and communications.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. All training in this period builds on the fundamentals learned in period 1.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 8 weeks in length. In addition to further advanced training in baking theory and shop practices, apprentices will also take training in equipment and safety, foods and nutrition, and business operations.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $1750.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 2

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $100.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Period 3

  • Tuition: $784.00
  • Books & Supplies: $100.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $135.88
  • Athletic Fee: $37.60

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Apply to Program

Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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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

Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

Learn more

Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

Learn more

Explore your options

There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.

Apply for Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Begin the application process through MyTradesecrets.

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