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Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Chemical Technology (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Chemical Technology (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Learn to work with chemicals across a wide variety of industries

NAIT's nationally accredited Chemical Technology program will prepare you for work as a chemical technologist in industrial, government and commercial laboratories.

The program emphasizes the application of standard and specialized laboratory techniques across scientific disciplines. Training is lab-focused; you'll gain practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory instruments and computer applications in NAIT's advanced Centre for Chemical Studies.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In Chemical Technology, you'll learn to work independently and in teams to  design experiments and solve unique problems. You'll also use computers and software for data acquisition, analysis, literature searches and to prepare oral and written reports.

Throughout the program, you'll perform audits to identify safety hazards, and apply WHMIS principles to the storage, handling, preparation and disposal of hazardous materials.

First-year chemistry courses include chemical safety, laboratory techniques, organic and inorganic chemistry, quantitative analysis and physical chemistry. Additional courses in computers, math, physics and communications complete the first year. 

Second-year courses include instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, applied biochemistry, industrial chemistry, oil, gas, and coal chemistry, and project management. 

Laboratory and analysis skills

  • Prepare reagents and calibration standards
  • Synthesize, isolate and purify organic and inorganic compounds
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative wet chemical analyses
  • Use standard industrial methods for sample analysis
  • Collect and prepare representative samples for lab and field analyses
  • Perform spectroscopic, chromatographic, potentiometric, coulometric, conductometric and thermogravimetric analyses
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory equipment

Instrumental analysis skills

  • Perform spectroscopic analyses using UV-VIS, FTIR, AA, ICP and NMR instruments
  • Perform chromatographic analyses using GC, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC and FPLC instruments

Discipline-specific training

  • Biochemistry: Isolate and analyze proteins, DNA and carbohydrates
  • Environment: Analyze air and water samples
  • Food: Analyze commercial food products
  • Industrial: Perform bench scale procedures for industrial unit operations and selected chemical processes
  • Oil, gas and coal: Perform product testing using ASTM and other industry-standard methods


Enter the workforce with confidence

Employment opportunties exist for Chemical Technology graduates in the following areas:

The chemical industry, involving the manufacture of a variety of inorganic and organic chemicals

The petroleum industry, involving the production and testing of fuels and lubricants

The environmental field, involving the identification and analysis of environmental pollutants

Laboratory support to the mining, food and agricultural industries

Biotechnology and forensic laboratories

Research laboratories at universities, colleges, industrial R&D facilities and government agencies

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Chemical Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

Opportunities for advanced education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

Graduates are also eligible for advanced credit towards the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Griffith University in Australia
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management degree at Royal Roads University, Victoria
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Cape Breton University

Other universities may grant credit towards degree programs on a course-by-course basis.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

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Term 1

CHEM1121Safety and Techniques
  • Open Studies: Available

Laboratory safety including the safe handling of laboratory chemicals with reference to WHMIS is emphasized. Characteristic laboratory hazards are identified and precautions for flammable, toxic and corrosive materials, compressed gases, and insidious substances are described. Appropriate personal protective equipment is discussed. In laboratory, students are taught frequently used laboratory skills including laboratory documents, weighing, pipetting, filtration, solution preparation, titration, and glassware cleaning and maintenance. The importance of calibration curves, control charts and the determination of determinate and indeterminate errors are emphasized.

CHEM1131Chemical Principles
  • Course Equivalencies: CH131T
  • Open Studies: Available

CHEM 1131 introduces the students to selected principles of chemistry and emphasizes the relationships between the microscopic structure and the macroscopic properties of matter. Topics covered: atomic structure and the electronic structure of atoms; chemical periodicity; chemical bonding; chemical equilibrium; solubility equilibrium; acid-base chemistry.

CHEM1132General Chemistry
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: CHEM1121, CHEM1131.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills required to master inorganic nomenclature; solve calculations involving chemical formulas, chemical equations, solution concentrations, binary mixtures, acid/base and redox titrations and electrochemical cells. The student will also learn about the component parts and applications of electrochemical cells. The lab portion introduces the students to making observations, recording and determining chemical and physical properties of matter. Students investigate the potentiometric determination of equivalence points, equilibrium constants, Henderson-Hasselbach and the Nernst equation.

CHEM1151Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Open Studies: Available

Introductory Organic Chemistry theory begins with the structure and bonding of elements found in organic compounds, followed by an introduction to the main functional groups. Nomenclature, stereochemistry, physical properties (including infrared spectral properties), chemical reactions and uses are then investigated for alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics, alcohols, phenols, ethers and sulfur compounds. The laboratory portion of the course introduces the techniques of filtration, crystallization, thin layer chromatography, extraction and distillation (simple, fractional, steam). The physical properties of melting points, boiling points, refractive indices and infrared spectra are measured for selected organic compounds. Synthetic reactions are performed which illustrate those covered in the theory.

MATH1148Technical Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Applications
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is for Chemical Technology students. The course introduces students to exponents, radicals, fractions and factoring manipulations, exponential and logarithmic functions, graphs, quadratic equations, plane analytic geometry, approximating measured values, unit conversions, and systems of linear equations. The course continues with fundamentals of statistics where topics include: solving problems using measures of central tendency and dispersion, linear regression, calculating probabilities using normal and sampling distributions of the mean and proportion, and solving problems using hypothesis tests to infer means and their differences. The lab portion of this course introduces the student to fundamentals and statistical applications of Microsoft Excel. Upon completion of the lab portion of this course, students will be able to use Excel to create and manipulate drawn objects and formulae in spreadsheets, perform charting and regression analysis, and use macros in spreadsheets.

Term 2

CHEM1232Quantitative Analysis
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CHEM1131, CHEM1132, CHEM1121 and MATH1148. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students are introduced to quantitative analysis emphasizing the theory behind performance characteristics of analytical methods. The techniques of titrimetric, gravimetric and spectrophotometric analytical methods will be investigated in classroom and the laboratory to analyze a variety of samples.

CHEM1252Intermediate Organic Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM1151. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Intermediate Organic Chemistry theory begins with an introduction to the basic principles and instrumentation for gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography. It is followed by a review and expansion of the topics covered in Introductory Organic Chemistry. This includes the nomenclature, structure, physical properties, chemical properties and uses of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics, alcohols, phenols, ethers and sulfur compounds. The course then continues with an investigation of compounds containing amine, aldehyde, ketone, carboxylic acid, amide, ester, acid halide, anhydride and nitrile functional groups. The course concludes with units on industrial and green organic chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course focuses on performing synthetic reactions which illustrate those covered in the theory portion of both Introductory and Intermediate Organic Chemistry. The new techniques of vacuum distillation and gas and liquid chromatography are introduced. These new techniques are used to isolate and characterize the synthetic products.

CHEM1280Physical Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CHEM1131, CHEM1132, CHEM1121. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the theory, calculations and lab investigations pertaining to ideal and real gases, the liquid state, phase diagrams, immiscible and partially miscible mixtures, distillation of both azeotropic and non azeotropic solutions, colligative properties, adsorption, absorption, reaction kinetics and the first, second and third laws of thermodynamics.

ENGL1219Effective Communications
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE219, ENGL1239
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will briefly review English skills and their application to business and technical writing. Students will do basic research, gather information, and analyze and edit the information for use in oral presentations and in a formal technical report that includes documentation and graphic aids.

PHYS1212Physics Fundamentals
  • Course Equivalencies: ASP212
  • Open Studies: Available

The course identifies the properties of electromagnetic radiation and describes how they are utilized in different spectrometers. The properties of magnetic fields and principles of electronics are also described to calibrate and troubleshoot instruments used in Chemical Technology.

Term 3

CHEM2333Industrial Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM1232. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

The theory portion of the course covers an introduction to modern chemical industries, material balance calculations and process flow charts for selected chemical industries. Industrial unit operations will include distillation, flotation, crystallization, settling and filtration. Industrial chemical processes will examine fertilizer production, oil sands extraction, inorganic acids syntheses, wood pulping and ethylene processing. Laboratory work provides exposure to practical bench scale experiments dealing with a number of unit operations and simulations of manufacturing processes. Wet chemical analyses and stoichiometric calculations are used to evaluate the purity of the students' products.

CHEM2341Oil, Gas and Coal Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CHEM1151, CHEM1121.
  • Open Studies: Available

The theory covers the application of chemical and physical principles to the formation, upstream processing and downstream processing of oil, gas and coal. The processes used in these industries will be discussed in light of the chemical and physical properties of the feedstocks and the desired market products. The laboratory focuses on the analysis of raw materials and market products. The laboratory work exposes the student to representative industry standard and ASTM analytical procedures, as well as data analysis and quality control.

  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM1252. This couse is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: CH355T
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to Biochemistry, the chemistry of living things. The course begins with an overview of the life processes in a cell; the processing of genetic information, synthesis of proteins, generating usable energy and synthesis of cell materials. The main part of the course focuses on the four major classes of biomolecules found in living systems: lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. The structure, properties and function of these biomolecules are discussed. Discussions of energy considerations and metabolism are included with some of the biomolecules. The unit on proteins also includes an examination of the structure and function of amino acids and their influence on the structure of proteins. A brief introduction to the characteristics of enzymes, as catalytic proteins, is provided.

  • Requisites: Prerequisites: CHEM1232, CHEM1280. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course describes and utilizes the theory of chromatographic separations. Gas and liquid chromatography instrumentation, column efficiency and resolution theory, qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, and column selection theory are explained. Sample preparation methods and their application to separation problems are described. Students conduct experiments using gas and liquid chromatography instruments. Injection techniques, sample preparation techniques, measurements of column efficiency, temperature programming, and gradient elutions are performed. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of prepared and real samples are completed.

CHEM2362Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: PHYS1212, CHEM1252, CHEM1232. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the fundamental principles of spectroscopy. The operation, design and limitations of instruments used in molecular spectroscopy are discussed. UV-visible, fluorescence, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are explained and these techniques are used in quantitative analysis and the structural identification of unknown samples. The effects of various operating parameters on analytical data are evaluated and the importance and implementation of quality assurance and quality control in the analytical laboratory are emphasized.

PMGT2390AProject Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1219, CHEM1252, CHEM1232, CHEM1280.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to develop skills in project management using literature searches, budgeting, purchasing, experimental design and reporting of results. Quality management and teamwork skills will be emphasized. The final results of the project are presented in written form and orally to an audience. A number of advanced safety topics will be addressed and these topics will be woven in with the Project Management component whenever possible. The ethics component will assist students in recognizing ethics issues in their professional lives and to examine possible solutions to real-world ethical issues. Some industry-relevant Quality Assurance models will also be examined.

Term 4

CHEM2456Food Analysis and Applied Biochemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM1121, CHEM2355. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Common laboratory procedures used to quantitate proteins in solution, measure enzyme activity, and perform protein purification are discussed. Common types of food analysis and an introduction to the growth and culture of microorganisms are presented. Selected molecular biology techniques and immunological methods and their current applications are examined. In the laboratory portion of the course biomolecules from various sources are isolated and characterized using common procedures and analytical instruments. Protein purification, enzyme activity assays, gel electrophoresis, and DNA extraction and analysis are introduced and performed. Analysis of selected food products using standard industry methods is included. Immunologically based assays are also performed.

CHEM2463Atomic Spectroscopy and Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM2362. Co-requisite: CHEM2464. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students study the principles of the operation, design and the limitations of instruments used in atomic spectroscopy and electroanalytical chemistry. Students learn to operate and use analytical instruments in atomic spectroscopy including atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and graphite furnace. Students learn to operate and use potentiometric, conductometric and coulometric electroanalytical instruments. Evaluation and interpretation of analytical data are emphasized.

CHEM2464Advanced Applications of Instrumental Analysis
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM2361. Co-requisite: CHEM2463. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course emphasizes the role of the computer in the laboratory and advanced analytical laboratory methods utilizing computer controlled instrumentation. Topics covered include the function and application of the computing integrator and data system in chromatography and an overview of computer control of instrumental functions in various instruments. Major emphasis is directed toward the role of the computers in GC mass spectrometry and Fourier Transform infrared spectrometry applications. The hardware and software considerations involved in the interfacing of instruments to a computer, the operation of local area networks and the use of LIMS systems are explored. Lab work in gas and liquid chromatography, utilizing a variety of detectors, includes capillary GC and integrator applications in GC and HPLC. The functions of the integrator are thoroughly examined, and include the generation of custom reports. Experiments in flameless atomic absorption, ICP-MS, GC-MS, HPLC-MS and FT-IR spectrometry are also performed.

CHEM2471Environmental Chemistry
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CHEM2361. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

The importance of environmental chemistry is introduced with examples and discussion of serious environmental incidents. Examination of the requirements necessary for industries to remain in compliance with current provincial and federal guidelines and legislation is discussed. The methods and guidelines for sampling, preservation, storage, and handling requirements for solids, liquids, and gases are introduced. Atmospheric chemistry and related gas calculations are reviewed, followed by a study of atmospheric pollution (photochemical smog formation, ozone depletion, etc.). Aquatic chemistry is characterized relative to the hydrological cycle followed by a discussion of water pollution. Gas exchange, natural buffering systems and the importance of pH relative to heavy metal solubility is discussed. Soil chemistry and its ability to attenuate acid deposition is examined with respect to soil type. Laboratory experiments of the course consist of the application of analytical methods used in monitoring air, water, and soil quality. Both laboratory and field analytical methods (GC, LC, HACH kits, titration, etc.) are used. Prior completion of Molecular Spectroscopy (CHEM 2362) is strongly recommended for success in this course.

PMGT2390BProject Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: PMGT2390A.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to develop skills in project management using literature searches, budgeting, purchasing, experimental design and reporting of results. Quality management and teamwork skills will be emphasized. The final results of the project are presented in written form and orally to an audience. A number of advanced safety topics will be addressed and these topics will be woven in with the Project Management component whenever possible. The ethics component will assist students in recognizing ethics issues in their professional lives and to examine possible solutions to real-world ethical issues. Some industry-relevant Quality Assurance models will also be examined.


Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $375
Level 1 Term 2: $275
Level 2 Term 1: $475
Level 2 Term 2: $525

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in English 30-1 or 30-2
  • 60% in Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30
  • 60% in Chemistry 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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