Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Program Overview The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) courses and certificate are designed for anyone who: Needs the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) equivalent courses. Has been out of school for some time. Aims to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to access further education and training. The ACE courses will help you: Meet Prerequisites for College Admission; you can obtain equivalencies to an OSSD for admission to college and some university programs. These courses will also help you succeed in a range of post-secondary programs. Fulfill job requirements of many employers that require OSSD equivalent for hiring and advancement purposes. Register and get accepted as an apprentice. Each ACE course is designed to help students develop the necessary competencies required for success in postsecondary education or the workplace: Apprenticeship Math Biology Business Math Chemistry Communications Computers Core Math Physics Self-Management and Self Direction Technology Math The ACE Certificate program is a grade 12 equivalent certificate that is recognized for college admissions and for registering as an apprentice in Ontario. Students must complete four required courses in order to qualify for graduation. Please see the Program of Study for further details on the course requirements. There are two options available for you to choose from: ACE (Non-Fee Paying) ACE+ (Fee Paying) 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 How to register for an ACE course: 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) Once you complete L2L, you will be given instructions to register for your first ACE course. Registration Restrictions: 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 course they take – same course or a different course. 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. 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 email@example.com if you have any concerns. 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 DC Professional and Part-Time Learning website. 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. Registration Restrictions: If a student wants to retake an ACE online course to improve their mark, they will pay for that course and textbook if applicable. Any out-of-province students will pay for their ACE course(s) and will order and pay for their textbook(s). International students will pay the appropriate international student rate for their course and their textbook. OSSD Equivalent ACE Courses Students can take individual courses to earn specific OSSD Equivalent credit(s) or complete 4 courses to receive a Durham College Certificate. Ace Course No Fee Course Code (ACE) Fee-paying Course Code (ACE+) OSSD Equivalent OSSD Code Communications ACE 1084 ACE 1384 Grade 12 – English ENG4C College Preparation Core Mathematics ACE 1086 ACE 1386 Grade 12 – Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life MEL4E Workplace Preparation Apprenticeship Mathematics ACE 1080 ACE 1380 Grade 12 – Foundation for College Mathematics MAP4C College Preparation Business Mathematics ACE 1082 ACE 1382 Grade 12 – Foundation for College Mathematics MAP4C College Preparation Technical Mathematics ACE 1089 ACE 1389 Grade 12 – Technical Mathematics for College, MCT4C College Preparation Biology ACE 1081 ACE 1381 Grade 11 – Biology SBI3C College Preparation Chemistry ACE 1083 ACE 1383 Grade 12 – Chemistry SCH4C College Preparation Physics ACE 1087 ACE 1387 Grade 11 – Physics Grade 12 – Physics SPH4C, SPH3U University Preparation College Preparation 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 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 Professional and Part-Time Learning office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 What is the Learn-to-Learn pre-requisite? For no-fee ACE courses, all students must first take Learn-to-Learn (L2L). 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. Students are only allowed two attempts to pass L2L. 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. Besides Learn-to-Learn, am I required to take any courses before starting an 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 higher level (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 email@example.com for approval. How do I obtain my textbooks? 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 Technical Math and Physics. As soon as students access the course website (as of the first day of the intake), there will be information available about how to request a textbook. The students are instructed to email to request their book. If you are an ACE+ (Fee Paying) student, ACE will request your credit card number and ship out the textbook. 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 Technical Math and Physics. No textbooks are require for other courses. 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. What are University-Stream (U-Stream) ACE courses? 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. Am I required to complete all of the courses in the ACE Certificate? 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 I have completed courses through Academic Upgrading at Durham College. Are these equivalent? Please contact Academic Upgrading for details on equivalencies. Where can I obtain more information about ACE? For more information about ACE online and the ACE certificate, please visit www.acedistancedelivery.ca. Inquiries can also be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.