What courses do I need to get my ACE Certificate?
In order to qualify for your ACE Certificate (Grade 12 equivalent) you need to complete the following:
- Communications (English or French)
- One Mathematics course
- Any two other courses
Upon completion, you will receive an ACE Certificate. The Certificate identifies the college where you registered and is signed by the appropriate senior management representative. You may also request an official transcript from the registering college when you have successfully completed the program.
Do I need to complete all the courses required to achieve the ACE Certificate to get into the college program of my choice?
Not necessarily. Many students only take the courses they need to meet the prerequisites for admission to further education. If you are applying to college as a mature student, you only need to complete the stated prerequisite courses to be considered for admission to that program.
Check and confirm the admission requirements and prerequisites of the postsecondary programs at each college where you’re applying. These can vary, and you don’t want any unexpected surprises when it comes to decision time. Prepare yourself for success by ensuring you are enrolling in the courses required by the program and college of your choice.
How long does it typically take to complete an ACE Distance course?
You are allowed a maximum of 22 weeks to complete each course. This is assuming you can devote an average of 5 to 7 hours per week to your studies. Depending on the number of hours you study a week and your motivation, you may complete in less time.
What are the costs involved?
There is a tuition free option. Intakes are January, April and September. The number of students accepted is limited. Communications, Core Math, Biology and Chemistry fill quickly. Waiting Lists are in place for these course 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.
Textbooks: Many ACE Distance courses have been developed to be textbook free. Textbooks will be provided at no cost for those courses that require a textbook.
Once you are registered in a course, the textbook will be sent to you.
Funding for tuition-free programming is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
For those unable to wait for an opening in tuition-free programming there is a feepaying option. Click here for more information.