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ACADEMIC UPGRADING (AU)

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Welcome to the Academic Upgrading (AU) program at Humber College.

The AU program is offered at the North Campus. It is a free, full time program, and classes are scheduled between Monday to Friday from 8:55am to 3:15pm.

To qualify for the program, you must be:

  • 19 years of  age or older
  • a resident of Ontario and
  • legally able to work in Ontario

The faculty and staff in the program are committed to helping you form a clearer picture of your career and educational goals as well as the steps that you need to take to reach those goals. Remember the key to successful learning and growth is planning.


Assessments for the fall 2018 semester have now been completed. 

The winter 2019 semester is scheduled to run from Monday, January  4 – Friday, April 26, 2019

Applicants interested in registering for academic upgrading for the winter 2019 semester must attend one of the following information and assessment sessions (IAS) to be considered for  enrolment. Kindly note that you must be registered for an assessment at least two days before the date of the assessment. To register online, click on the link below. Alternatively, you may come in person to our office to register. After you have registered, you will receive an email with details about the assessment. To reserve a seat in the assessment, you must confirm that you will be attending on the date you select.

The dates to register for Information and Assessment Session dates for winter 2019 enrolment are:
  • Thursday, November 1 (full)
  • Wednesday, November 7 (full)
  • Wednesday, November 14 (full)
  • Thursday, November 22
Registration Form >

Academic Upgrading Information
email: academicupgrading@humber.ca
Telephone: 416-675-6622 ext. 74842

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario government, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Training, College, and Universities (MTCU).

The purpose of the Academic Upgrading Program is to help learners to improve their English, math skills, and computer skills as well as biology and chemistry in lab-based environments.

The Academic Upgrading Program also offers learners assistance in the following:

- becoming comfortable in a college environment
- developing an individualized training plan
- defining career and education goals through self-assessment
- finding support and encouragement that leads to success

If you are interested in learning more about the Academic Upgrading program, you must attend an Information and Assessment Session to establish eligibility. Please email us at academicupgrading@humber.ca.

Students who complete ACE Communications, ACE Mathematics, ACE Computers and ACE Skills for Success, and earn a cumulative grade point average of 60% or higher, will receive a Certificate of Completion from Humber College. In addition, students who complete these four courses and earn a grade of 70% or higher in each of these courses also earn the ACE Certificate (Academic and Career Entrance).

The Academic Upgrading Program is FREE to learners who qualify.

This Employment Ontario project, program or service is funded by the Ontario government.

The ministry has recognized our ACE Communications course (ACEC E10) as equivalent to high school grade 12 English (MAP4C) and our ACE Business Math course (ACEC M20) as equivalent to grade 12 math (MAP4C). Refer to the table below for other course equivalencies:

Ministry-approved ACE Course Equivalencies to Ontario Secondary School Courses

AU/ACE Course Title OSS
Equivalent
AU in-class
Delivery Course Code
LAS CE/ACE
Distance Delivery
Course Code
Communicatons ENG4C ACEC E10 n/a
Computer Fundamentals n/a ACEC C10 n/a
Apprenticeship Math MAP4C ACEC M30 n/a 
Business Math MAP4C ACEC M20 ACEC M20 
Core Math MEL4E ACEC M10  ACEM 019 
Technical Math MCT4C  ACEC M40 n/a 
Biology SB13C ACEC S20 ACEC S20 
University Stream Biology     ACES 021 
Chemistry SCH4C  ACEC S10 ACEC S10 
University Stream Chemistry     ACES 011 
Physics  SPH3U/SPH4C ACEC S30* n/a 
Self-Management/Self-Direction n/a ACEC A10  n/a 

*not currently offered at Humber

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 http://www.humber.ca/publicsafety/parking for Humber North's parking information.

Lockers can be rented for the semester. Visit http://www.humber.ca/publicsafety/services/lockers 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.

Course NameCourse Code
ACE Skills for Success ACEC A10
Pre-ACE Computers ACEC C05
ACE Computers ACEC C10
Pre-ACE Communications ACEC E05
ACE Communications ACEC E10
Pre-ACE Math ACEC M05
Math - Bridge ACEC M08
ACE Math Business ACEC M20
Pre-ACE Chemistry ACEC S05
ACE Chemistry ACEC S10
PreACE Biology ACEC S15
ACE Biology ACEC S20