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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 of study in one or more of their approved subject areas. A combination of any four undergraduate business courses (45 hours each) at Athabasca University (for 180 hours) exceeds the Blue Seal 150 hour requirement. Students can earn their Blue Seal, and apply their four AU courses towards a certificate or degree.

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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 »


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.

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

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training