Certificate of Achievement | Barrydowne

Cambrian College’s ACE (Academic & Career Entrance) program gives you the skills you need to enter a college program, apprenticeship, or to improve your job prospects. It is recognized by all colleges in Ontario and by many employers who require Grade 12* as a requirement from potential employees. This program is the first step on a pathway to success!


This program is geared to students who:

  • have not completed a grade 12 diploma
  • have completed a grade 12 diploma but need a skills refresher
  • have completed a grade 12 diploma but require specific subject prerequisites to enter a college program

Future Opportunities

  • post-secondary studies
  • skills training or apprenticeship programs
  • entry into the job market

Important Note:

ACEP is not the same as the GED. The ACE program provides you with an opportunity to brush up or learn the skills you need to be successful in college or the workforce. The GED is a test which provides individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate that they already have high-school level knowledge and skills.


This program is offered free of charge.

How to Apply

Please note that applications for this program do not go through ontariocolleges.ca.

To apply for Cambrian’s Academic Upgrading Program, please apply online by filling out our online form.

Online Application forms will be followed up via email, please regularly check your email for further registration instructions.

Certificate Requirements

In order to obtain the Certificate of Completion, the following courses must be completed:

The following mandatory courses:
ACE 0303ACE Core Math-General120
ACE 0400ACE Communications105
Two of the following elective courses:
ACE 0304ACE Core Math - Advanced180
ACE 0401ACE Computers75
ACE 0402ACE Self Management/Self Direction60
ACE 0404ACE Technology Math165
ACE 0407ACE Business Math75
ACE 0409ACE Chemistry120
ACE 1031ACE Biology120
ACE 1026ACE Physics120

Please note that you may be required to complete Pre-ACE courses in English or Math in order to complete the ACE level courses.  Students will complete an intake assessment to determine correct course placement. 

Course Delivery

All courses are available all year long through our Continuous Intake model. All courses are available via our online Learning Management System (Moodle), in class or a combination of both.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.