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

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to take non-fee-paying ACE courses:

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

Go to the Ace Distance Delivery website to start the process and fill in the online application form.  After you submit the form, you will receive an email with next-steps.  You will complete online skills assessments (1-2 hours) and, if successful, will then complete the Learn to Learn (L2L) online orientation course (15-20 hours, 2-3 weeks)

Students who do not meet the requirements for non-fee paying ACE courses may choose to register for fee-paying ACE+ courses directly on the Durham College website.

For no-fee ACE courses, all students must first take Learn-to-Learn (L2).  This free, 20-hour online course is a prerequisite. There are no exceptions.

Enrolments for L2L must go through the website and click the link called L2L Registration. Two attempts to pass L2L are allowed only.

Fee-paying students are welcome to take L2L which may prepare them for online learning.

The instructor will help develop an individualized training plan (ITP) based on your goal. The instructor is also available to provide advice, follow-up and encouragement in partnership with your online teachers once you have registered in the ACE course(s) of your choice.

Once you complete L2L, you will be given instructions to register for your first ACE course. 

Course Pre-requisite(s)
Chemistry Core Mathematics
Physics Core Mathematics
Apprenticeship Mathematics Core Mathematics
Business Mathematics Core Mathematics
Technical Mathematics Core Mathematics
University Chemistry Core Mathematics

ACE Chemistry (or equivalent OSSD course)

University Biology ACE Biology (or equivalent OSSD course)


A student is exempt from taking ACE Core Math only if he/she has the equivalent math or more (school board or Academic Upgrading) math within the past 10 years with a 70% mark or better. Students must email their high school or college transcript to for approval.

  1. If a student fails to complete their no-fee ACE online course and did not officially withdraw or has a failing final grade, they must pay for the next ACE online course they take – it could be the same course or a different.

  2. If a student wants to retake an ACE online course to improve their mark, they will pay for that course and textbook if applicable.

  3. Any out-of-province students will pay for their ACE course(s) and will order and pay for their textbook(s).

  4. International students will pay the appropriate international student rate for their course and their textbook.

  5. Students registered to take no-fee ACE Distance course who have not logged on within 13 days of the start of the course will be removed from the course.

  6. Students who are removed from a course will not be able to register for any further ACE Distance courses as a tuition-free student.

    Please email if you have any concerns.

For no-fee ACE courses textbooks are sent out by ACE Distance Delivery and are free to the student. Fee-paying students are required to pay for their book. Courses requiring textbooks are Business Mathematics, Apprenticeship Mathematics, Technology Mathematics, and Physics.

No textbooks are required for Communications, Computer Fundamentals and Self-Management//Self Direction, Core Math, Chemistry, and Biology.

Textbooks are the property of the student. If a student is retaking a course they should already have the textbook. If the student is out-of-province, the student orders the text from Ace Distance Delivery and pays for that required textbook.

U-Stream Chemistry (ACE1783) is available online as a fee-paying course. This course is designed to prepare students to succeed in post-secondary programs requiring University-stream courses. The course is 120 hours in length. A textbook is required.

U-Stream Biology (ACE1780) is available online as a fee-paying course. This course is designed to prepare students to succeed in post-secondary programs requiring University-stream courses. The course is 120 hours in length. A textbook is required.

No, the ACE Certificate is considered equivalent to the OSSD. 

Only students who need this for employment, apprenticeship, or as part of admission to a post-secondary institution need to complete all of the courses required to obtain the ACE Certificate. 

In most cases, students will only need to complete certain individual ACE courses to meet their own particular requirements

Please contact Academic Upgrading for details on equivalencies.

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