Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Program

ACE can help you obtain: 

  • Admission to College Certificate and Diploma programs (not degree)
  • Jobs that require grade 12 equivalency
  • Registration as an apprentice

You can take ACE courses for free if you:

  • are an Ontario resident
  • are at least 19 years old
  • are proficient in English
  • can meet the required entry scores on Skillsmarker Assessments

Students can earn take individual courses to earn specific OSSD Equivalent credit(s) or complete 4 courses to receive a Durham College Certificate.

OSSD Equivalent ACE Courses

Ace Course No Fee Course Code Fee-paying Course Code OSSD Equivalent
Communications ACE 1084 ACE 1384 English, Grade 12, College Preparation ENG4C
Core Mathematics ACE 1086 ACE 1386 Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation MEL4E
Apprenticeship Mathematics ACE 1080 ACE 1380 Foundation for College Mathematics, Grade 12, College Preparation MAP4C
Business Mathematics ACE 1082 ACE 1382 Foundation for College Mathematics, Grade 12, College Preparation MAP4C
Technical Mathematics ACE 1089 ACE 1389 Technical Mathematics for College, Grade 12, College Preparation MCT4C
Biology ACE 1081 ACE 1381 Biology, Grade 11, College Preparation SBI3C
Chemistry ACE 1083 ACE 1383 Chemistry, Grade 12, College Preparation SCH4C
Physics ACE 1087 ACE 1387 Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation SPH3U OR Physics, Grade 12, College Preparation SPH4C

Additional ACE Courses

Course No Fee Course Code Fee-paying Course Code
Computers ACE 1085 ACE 1388
Self-Management and Self-Direction ACE 1088 ACE 1388
University Stream Biology N/A ACE 1780
University Stream Chemistry N/A ACE 1783


The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program supports students in the development of competencies in communications, mathematics and/or science required to access other training programs and/or the job market. Students will develop personal, social and/or life skills common to all occupations to higher-level skills required by more sophisticated occupations. 

Graduates of the ACE program receive an Ontario college grade 12 equivalent to meet admission requirements for Ontario college postsecondary programs or for registration as an apprentice in Ontario. Graduates can also use ACE to upgrade for direct entry into employment.

Program of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the 
Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Upon completing the 4 required courses, students may apply to graduate to receive their certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions / Additional Information