What is Academic Upgrading?

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Academic Upgrading is TUITION-FREE PROGRAMMING that allows students to upgrade their academic skills.

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Academic Upgrading is TUITION-FREE PROGRAMMING that allows students to upgrade their academic skills in order to meet post-secondary college program admission requirements, obtain a Grade 12 equivalency (ACE Certificate) to meet apprenticeship requirements or employment goals.

Depending on a student’s reason for taking academic upgrading, he/she may prefer to complete one or two courses or he/she may wish to complete the Academic & Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate which is accepted as a Grade 12 equivalency.

Both the individual courses and the ACE Certificate program are offered in a flexible delivery format with continuous intakes and the option to complete courses online or in-class. Academic upgrading curriculum is self-paced and learner-centred so students can work at their own pace with teacher contact.

View our Academic Upgrading Service Charter (PDF)


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  • College Sector Employment Services
  • College Sector Committee  
The Academic Upgrading department works in partnership with the College Sector Employment Service. It also works closely with the College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading , Literacy & Basic Skills and  Academic& Career Entrance - ACE Distance. This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.