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The ACE Certificate is a grade 12 equivalent certificate offered by Ontario’s public colleges. It is recognized for admission to college programs and registration as an apprentice in Ontario. A growing number of employers also recognize ACE for hiring and promotion. To qualify for your ACE Certificate, you need to complete the following courses:

  • ACE Communications
  • One ACE Math course
  • Any two additional courses from the list of approved ACE courses


ACE Course DC Course Code Equivalency
ACE Communications ACEE 3004 English, Grade 12, College Preparation ENG4C
ACE Core Mathematics ACEM 3001 Mathematics for Work & Everyday Life, Grade 12, Workplace Preparation MEL4E
ACE Apprenticeship Mathematics ACEA 3002 Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 12, College Preparation MAP4C



ACE Course DC Course Code
ACE Self Management ACSM 1000
ACE Computer Foundations ACED 3003


Important Information regarding the ACE Certificate:

  • You will have a maximum of 15 semesters (5 years) from the start date of your first course to complete the ACE Certificate.
  • A final grade of at least 70% in all four courses is required for attainment of the ACE Certificate.
  • No more than 75% of the required ACE courses can be obtained through credit transfer and used towards the ACE Certificate.

How to request your ACE Certificate:

I completed the four required ACE courses with Academic Upgrading at Durham College

I completed some of my ACE courses at another college in Ontario

  • Request the Application for Credit Transfer/Internal Equivalency form from
  • Attach an official transcript showing a grade of 70% or above for each course.
  • Attach the course outlines/syllabi. Outlines/syllabi must be from the year courses were taken.
  • Pay evaluation/processing fee for courses completed at other colleges ($16 per request).

I completed the four required ACE courses with ACE Online at Durham College

Apply to graduate by completing the online Graduation Application for Part-time, PPL, or Off-Track Students.

Receipt of your ACE credential:

Your ACE Certificate will be mailed to the address you provided on the Application to ACE Certificate form. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks from the time you submit your application for the Office of the Registrar to audit your records and approve and issue your certificate.


If you are an Academic Upgrading student and have questions about applying for the ACE Certificate please contact the Academic Upgrading office at or 905.721.3131.

If you took your ACE courses with ACE Online please contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052.

If you have questions about transferring ACE courses from another college, please contact the Credit Transfer office at or 905.721.2000 ext. 7605.