Business Competencies

Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Program

If you have a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, Alberta Occupational Certificate or a valid recognized trade certificate you are eligible to apply for a Blue Seal Certificate.

The Blue Seal Certificate is geared to certified tradespeople who want to develop their business skills. A Blue Seal Certificate is evidence that a tradesperson not only meets Alberta’s high industry standards, but has the knowledge and drive to succeed in business. Tradespeople who complete the Blue Seal program may move into leadership, supervisory, entrepreneurial and other roles.

There are 18 business subject areas you may study.

To obtain a Blue Seal Certificate you must:

  • complete a program of study approved by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, or
  • complete 150 hours of study in one or more of the subject areas provided by an approved training provider, and
  • an Alberta Student Number (ASN) is required to apply for programs and services. To find or obtain an ASN, visit for more information
  • pay the $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  • submit official transcripts and supporting documentation during the application process
  • visit MyTradesecrets to complete and submit the on-line Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Application

Ask any questions of your nearest Apprenticeship and Industry Training office.

Alberta Training Institutions for the Blue Seal Program

Business training for the Blue Seal Certificate can be completed at the following Alberta-based training institutions.

Business training delivered by other providers, such as colleges from other provinces, will be considered. Contact your nearest Apprenticeship and Industry Training office  for more information.

Non-Alberta Training Institutions

Board-approved Programs of Study for FULL Credit toward the Blue Seal Certificate

Board-approved Programs of Study for PARTIAL Credit toward the Blue Seal Certificate

Each of these programs, or two in combination, must be taken with other approved Blue Seal program(s) to accumulate the total of 150 hours of study necessary to apply for the Blue Seal Certificate.

  • Merit Contractors Association
    • Project Management Program - 65 hours
    • Supervisory Training Program - 39 hours
    • Advanced Supervisor Training Program - 33 hours
  • Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC)
    • Supervisor Training - 39 hours
  • Construction Labour Relations - An Alberta Association (CLRA)
    • Better Supervision Training Program - 54 hours
  • Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)
    • Leadership for Safety Excellence - 16 hours
  • Mount Royal University 
    • Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion - 56 hours
    • Pillars of Management Certificate of Completion - 60 hours
    • Project Management Program - 90 hours
    • Change Management Extension Certificate - 135 hours
    • Leadership Development Extension Certificate - 135 hours
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta (Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation)
    • Mechanical Contracting Project Management Course - 70 hours
  • Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta 
    • Professional Electrical Contractor Program - 90 hours
  • MacEwan University
    • Business Analysis Professional Development Certificate  - 119 hours
    • Leadership Essentials Professional Development - 56 or 63 hours (depending upon electives)
    • Management Essentials Professional Development Certificate - 70 or 77 hours (depending upon electives) 
    • Managing Conflict Professional Development Certificate - 42 hours 
    • Project Management Professional Development Certificate - 112 hours 
    • Supervisory Essentials Professional Development Certificate - 70 or 77 hours (depending upon electives) 
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 
    • Project Leadership Certificate Program - 84 hours
  • Red Deer College 
    • Leadership Development Certifcate Program - 80 hours