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Academic Upgrading

Credential: Certificate of Completion Program Code: 0659 Length: 3 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To qualify for the program, students must be:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • resident of Ontario
  • legally able to work in Ontario
  • assessed in an information and assessment session


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on an English and math assessment administered during one of the information sessions that applicants must attend.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
January 2017NorthClosedCheck Availability >
May 2017NorthOpen
September 2017NorthOpen
January 2018NorthOpen
May 2018NorthOpen

Academic Upgrading is a free Employment Ontario program funded by the Ontario government.

Note: Students who earn a grade of 70 per cent or higher in each of the four core courses, ACE Business Math, ACE Communications, ACE Computers, and Skills for Success qualify to receive the ACE Certificate in addition to their Humber Certificate of Completion.


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Academic Upgrading helps people to learn new skills, refresh old skills, and feel more confident about entering into postseconday studies, apprenticeships, or employment. Students who graduate from the Academic Upgrading program have successfully completed postsecondary diploma studies at the college, including Accounting; Fitness and Heatlh Promotion; Hospitality; Personal Support Worker; and Practical Nursing.

Future Study Options

Continue to build on your strong foundation. We can help you find your passion at Humber through the many diploma and degree programs available to successful certificate graduates. 

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Academic Upgrading Office
416.675.6622 ext.74842



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Apply to Humber

Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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This program has a May 2017 start date, apply now!

Our Program

The Academic Upgrading (AU) certificate program helps students improve their English, math and computer skills, as well as biology and chemistry skills in lab-based environments.

It is a free, full-time program offered at Humber’s North Campus. The faculty and staff in the program are committed to helping students form a clearer picture of their career and educational goals, as well as the steps that they will need to take to reach those goals. We believe that the key to successful learning and growth is academic planning.

The Academic Upgrading program also offers students assistance in the following:

  • becoming comfortable in a college environment
  • developing individualized training plans
  • defining career and educational goals through self-assessment
  • finding support and encouragement that leads to success.

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Transport Support Allowances

For Academic Upgrading learners who qualify, a transportation allowance is available. Learners will be provided with a transportation allowance for the days in school. Learners must apply for this taxable allowance.

Other Services

Counseling - A counselor is available to assist all Academic Upgrading learners with career counseling. Humber College also has a Counseling and Disability Services Office which may provide additional counseling services.

Peer Tutoring - A college tutoring service is available. Academic Upgrading students must apply for this service. The Peer Tutoring Office is located on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Commons (LRC).

Parking and Lockers

There is parking available. Visit for Humber North's parking information.

Lockers can be rented for the semester. Visit for locker rental details. A Humber student number is required. 

Other College Services - Academic Upgrading learners have access to most college services. Student numbers and ID cards are required.

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