Ontario High School Diploma or Equivalent

Note: This chart offers some common pathways to the goal, but is not exhaustive. Other pathways may be possible.

Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Program

Program Description
The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program is and adult upgrading certificate delivered by colleges in Ontario. The ACE Certificate is recognized as equivalent to an OSSD for adults entering college programs, apprenticeship or employment. To earn an ACE Certificate, learners must complete a minimum of four ACE courses, including Communications and Mathematics, with a grade of B/B+ or higher. Learners entering college as mature students usually do not need an ACE Certificate but only ACE prerequisite courses for their chosen programs. Learners must complete two (2) mandatory courses – English and Math – and two other courses based on their goals. The other ACE courses include Computer Studies, Self Direction, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are also math options that focus on apprenticeship, business or technology applications.

Eligibility: An individual must be: Delivering Agencies:
Colleges that offer ACE in Toronto and York Region are:

Visit the college websites to find more information on Academic Upgrading and ACE programming. Some colleges also offer ACE night school classes.
Fees: FREE to learners who qualify. ACE is a tuition free program, but learners may need to pay a fee towards the cost of learning materials

The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU).

ACE Online Options
The ACE Distance option provides a flexible and convenient online learning experience. A learner has 22 weeks to finish each course, but learners can also complete a course even quicker. Note: In order to be eligible for ACE Distance students must do two things:
  1. Complete the NEW Consent & Information form required by our funder, the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for all students after January 1, 2012. To access the form, click here.
  2. Complete the 20 hour Learn to Learn Course required of all students. To sign up for Learn to Learn, click here. Click on the 6th tab on the left (L2L Registration). Complete the form at the bottom of the page and click on the Register button. You will receive follow up instructions from Marla White and will be able to start the Learn to Learn course the following Monday.

ACE Online Intake Dates:
Intakes are January, April and September. The number of students accepted is limited. Communications, Core Math, Biology and Chemistry courses fill quickly. Waiting lists are in place for these courses and acceptance is based on a first-come- first-served basis. In order to be placed on the waiting list, you must first complete Learn to Learn. (A prerequisite 20-hour orientation course will determine if you have the necessary personal, computer and academic skills – as well as the confidence – to successfully participate in ACE Distance courses).

Learn to Learn – ACE Distance preparation course
Both tuition-free and fee paying students are required to complete the Learn to Learn course prior to registering for an ACE Distance course.

The Learn to Learn course will help adult learners:

The Learn to Learn course is intended to get you started on the road to further training as quickly as possible. It will make sure you are taking the right courses in the right order.

Fees: (2 online fee options)
1. Free (limited space)
2. For fee

Delivering Agencies for the ACE Distance Program:

George Brown College

Contact George Brown College's ACE Distance team for more information: call 416-415-5000 ext. 6193 or email acedistance@georgebrown.ca

Centennial College

ACE Distance Program Courses: