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The Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) program recognizes Alberta-certified trade and occupational certificate holders who supplement their trade skills with business credentials.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training awards a Blue Seal certificate upon completion of 150 hours (equivalent to three standard three-credit university courses) of study in one or more of their approved subject areas. AU offers many online courses that meet Blue Seal requirements.

Benefits of having your Blue Seal

The combination of trades and business knowledge signified by Blue Seal accreditation is a valuable asset to trades employers when recruiting to fill supervisory and management positions. Some course combinations can also be a stepping stone for those who want to start their own businesses.

Benefits of studying with AU

AU offers fully accredited online university courses so you can fit your education into your busy life. Undergraduate program admission and course registrations are offered year-round, and courses start every month—register for a course by the 10th of any month, and you can start as early as the first day of the next. Plus, our student support centre staff are there to help you every step of the way. Studying at AU’s Faculty of Business »

Eligibility

Individuals possessing a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, an Alberta Occupational Certificate, or a document indicating that the individual holds a certificate that is recognized as equivalent to an Alberta trade or occupational certificate are eligible to receive a Blue Seal.

AU’s open university mandate means anyone over the age of 16 can take university courses, regardless of previous educational background.

Obtaining Your certificate

To receive your Blue Seal certificate, follow the instructions on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Web site.

If you have questions, contact your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services office.

Sample course groupings

The following are sample three course (150 hour) groupings in Blue Seal approved subject areas, with potential pathways for continuing your education through to a University certificate and/or full bachelor’s degree.

Accounting

  • ACCT 253 – Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 351 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 352 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II

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Administration

  • ACCT 250 – Accounting for Managers
  • CMIS 245 – Microcomputer Applications in Business (Windows)
  • ORGB 364 – Organizational Behaviour

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Business Communications

  • ADMN 233 – Writing in Organizations
  • COMM 277 – An Introduction to Group Communication
  • COMM 329 – Mediated Interpersonal Communication

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Economics

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  • MGSC 301 – Statistics for Business and Economics I
  • ACCT 253 – Introductory Financial Accounting
  • FNCE 300 – Financial Economics

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Entrepreneurship

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Finance

  • MGSC 301 – Statistics for Business and Economics I
  • ACCT 253 – Introductory Financial Accounting
  • FNCE 370 – Overview of Corporate Finance

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Human Resource Management

  • HRMT 386 – Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • HRMT 301 – Recruitment and Selection
  • HRMT 326 – Wages and Benefits

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Industrial Relations

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Marketing

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Operations Management

  • MGSC 301 – Statistics for Business and Economics I
  • MGSC 368 – Introduction to Production and Operations Management or MGSC 369 – Service Operations Management
  • MGSC 418 – Supply Chain Management
NOTES:
  • MGSC 301 is a prerequisite for both MGSC 368 & MGSC 369
  • Either MGSC 368 or MGSC 369 can act as a prerequisite for MGSC 418

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Organizational Behaviour

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Project Management

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Leadership

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Students wishing to take courses outside the listed subject areas or below the 200 level should review their course selections with their Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services office.

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