Academic Upgrading – College preparation

Academic Upgrading – Academic and Career Entrance (A.C.E.) Grade 12 equivalency Certificate

 Are you:

  • Looking to obtain your ACE certificate?
  • Missing courses required to enter a college program?
  • Trying to upgrade basic or workplace level credits?
  • Wanting to update your academic skills?

Programs of study include:

  • Communications (English)
  • Mathematics


  • Obtain your ACE certificate which can be used to help you obtain employment and/or qualify for apprenticeship
  • Qualify for an offer of admission to a college program
  • Qualify to receive scholarship and/or bursary awards to assist with the tuition fees for a post-secondary Durham College program

Academic upgrading is:

Campus locations

Oshawa Campus
2000 Simcoe St. North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5

Online Courses

To learn more about online ACE courses visit Online education – Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE).

Here’s how to get started:

Interested students are invited to attend an Academic Assessment session in math and/or English as a starting point. Writing the assessment provides us the opportunity to determine your skills and knowledge in these subject areas and helps us to create a personalized education plan to help you reach your goals. How much formal education you have completed doesn’t matter. In fact, the assessment is a great opportunity to reflect all types of learning from life experiences, work experiences, as well as formal education.


Sessions start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and finish at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 4, 18
  • Friday, June 1, 15

Please note due to construction, the following sessions will be located in the C-WING , Room C135:

  • Friday, July 13
  • Friday, July 27
  • Friday, August 10
  • Friday, August 24

Reserve your seat by calling 905.721.3131 – seating is limited!


On Steps to Success session days – please park in Founders 2, located to the north of the Simcoe building.  Bring your ticket that is issued as you enter and we will be able to provide a voucher at the end of the day to cover your parking costs.

Parking for ongoing Upgrading students is available in Founders 2, located at the north end of the Simcoe building at a special rate of $5 per day with proof of registration.

How can I prepare for the assessment?

Remember, the assessment is not a pass or fail experience; it simply shows the skills you have gained or lost since you have been away from school.

Math – a review of the following subjects may be helpful: decimals, fractions, metric, order of operations, ratio and proportion, per cents, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Some useful web sites you may wish to visit include:

English – a review of reading and comprehension and writing skills may be helpful. Some useful web sites you may wish to visit include: