Academic and Career Entrance – Algonquin College

Program Info

School: Algonquin College
Degree: Certificate
Field of Study: College/Univ. Prep. and Advan. H. School/2ndary Diploma Pgms
Description: Prepare for college programs and/or employment by taking Academic Upgrading courses. Study only the courses you need to meet the admission requirements for your college program of choice, or earn the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate. The ACE certificate is recognized across Ontario as a Grade 12 equivalency for admission to college and by many employers as meeting their minimum employment standard.

Delivered as a continuous intake program, you can start in any month of the year. Full and part-time study options as well as a choice of timetables are offered. Placement tests determine which English and/or mathematics course you start in. Based on your results and preferences, your Orientation team works with you to develop a personal learning plan. The time it takes you to complete your plan depends on which course(s) you start in, which course(s) you need to reach your academic or employment goals and your own rate of progress.

Length: 24 Week(s)

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade11 English

Applicants have their reading skills assessed to determine their eligibility for the program. You are eligible for Academic Upgrading tuition funding if you are:

  • 19 years of age or older


  • An Ontario resident


  • Working at a grade 10 English level

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.


LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (613) 727-4723 – 7031
TOLL FREE: (800) 565-4723
FAX: (613) 727-7665
ADDRESS: 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology was established in 1967, and is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People. The College has served over 50 years as a leader in post-secondary education and undergone significant growth since its establishment. Algonquin students are sought out by employers in every industry due to the hands-on skills and career focus they gain from learning in realistic lab and classroom environments. By the time students graduate, they are ready to take on the work world.


Algonquin College provides on-campus housing for students, with a variety of room options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a female only room or a male only room, we have something that will fit your needs. Rooms are all shared occupancy, so you will be able to meet new people and make friends during your time here. Plus, our mandatory Meal Plan ensures that you always have access to food when you need it. Payment options are available, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school if you have any questions. 


You must be 19 years of age or older to register in any course. Students 18 years of age or less must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent to register. Students under 19 years of age and without an OSSD will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Most programs have other admission criteria or requirements as well. These may include specific academic prerequisites, completion of an essay, test or questionnaire, submission of a portfolio and/or attendance at an information session. It is your responsibility to find out about and complete any mandatory program requirements. The specific admission requirements for each program are listed in detail in Programs & Courses.

Requirements for International Students

If your first language is not English, you will need to complete a language assessment or provide IELTS documentation or another English proficiency testing. Each program has published minimum scores for program eligibility. Please follow this link and review the program eligibility for your selected program

Procedure for Canadian Students

Applicants who wish to apply for a program must complete an application form through An application fee (payable to of $110, and an official transcript, must accompany your application form. receives and records applications and applicant responses to offers of admission from the college(s).

Procedure for International Students

International Students: If you will be studying in Canada on a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you must complete the International Student Application at

Academic Year

Type of System Semester
Entrance Dates January, May, September
Language of Instruction English

Fees & Scholarships

International Students: $5,603 – $31,469

Notes for Canadian Students:

College fees are set in accordance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ policies. Fees must be paid each term for you to officially register for your classes. Your costs will vary depending on your program of study, lifestyle and other variables.

Notes for International Students:

A differential fee will apply to international students. Please contact International at for current fee information.

Scholarships, prizes and awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, and can include money, plaques, books, medals, etc, or any combination thereof. They are given in recognition of achievement at a variety of levels (program, department, school), for various areas (subject, program, activity, student government, etc.) and often reflect the interest and commitment of donors from the community. Visit Financial Aid page for more information.

Dr. John Davis Burton Award Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, University Of Ottawa/Université D’Ottawa n/s October 31, 2023 Low

All programs

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  • Advanced Care Paramedic Post-diploma
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  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician Diploma
  • Animation Diploma; Advanced
  • Applied Museum Studies Diploma; Advanced
  • Architectural Technician Diploma; Co-op
  • Architectural Technician (Weekend) Diploma; Co-op
  • Architectural Technology Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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  • Automotive Service Technician Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Automotive Service Technician (ASEP-GM) Certificate; Apprenticeship
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  • Bachelor of Building Science Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Building Science (Entry Level 03) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Building Science (Entry Level 05) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Commerce (e-Supply Chain Management) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) Bachelor; Honours
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Strategic Human Resources Management) (Honours) Bachelor; Honours
  • Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Food Science Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Digital Marketing Communication Post-diploma; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Early Learning and Community Development Bachelor; Honours
  • Bachelor of Event, Sport, and Entertainment Management Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Resource Management) Bachelor; Co-op
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Interactive Media Design) Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Technology) Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Optical Systems and Sensors) Bachelor; Co-op
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  • Bachelor of Interior Design (Entry Level 06) Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Public Safety Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Technology (Business Systems Development) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
  • Bachelor of Technology (Digital Health) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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  • Baking and Pastry Arts Management Diploma
  • Bartending Certificate
  • Biotechnology Advanced Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting Practices Certificate
  • Brand Management Post-diploma
  • Brand Management (Two-Year) Post-diploma
  • Broadcasting – Radio Diploma
  • Broadcasting – Television Diploma
  • Building Automation System Operations Post-diploma
  • Building Construction Technician Diploma; Co-op
  • Building Environmental Systems Operator Class II Certificate
  • Building Information Modelling – Lifecycle Management Post-diploma; Advanced
  • Business Diploma
  • Business – Accounting Diploma
  • Business – Management and Entrepreneurship Diploma
  • Business – Marketing Diploma; Co-op
  • Business Administration – Core Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
  • Business Development and Sales Post-diploma
  • Business Intelligence System Infrastructure Post-diploma; Co-op
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  • Child and Youth Care Diploma; Advanced
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  • Civil Engineering Technology Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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  • Computer Engineering Technology – Computing Science Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
  • Computer Information Systems (Part-time) Certificate
  • Computer Programming Diploma; Co-op
  • Computer Systems Technician – Networking Diploma; Co-op
  • Computer Systems Technology – Security Diploma; Advanced
  • Construction Engineering Technician Diploma; Co-op
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Weekend Offering) Diploma; Co-op
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  • Culinary Management Diploma
  • Culinary Skills Certificate
  • Culinary Skills (Part-time) Certificate
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  • Dental Hygiene Diploma; Advanced
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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Post-diploma
  • Digital Health Post-diploma
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  • Early Childhood Education (Intensive) Diploma
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  • Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma; Advanced
  • Electrician (Construction and Maintenance) Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician Diploma
  • Energy Management Post-diploma
  • Environmental Management and Assessment Post-diploma; Co-op
  • Esthetician Diploma
  • Esthetics (Part-time) Certificate
  • Event Management Post-diploma
  • Film and Media Production Diploma
  • Financial Services Post-diploma
  • Financial Services – Canadian Context Post-diploma
  • Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma
  • Food and Nutrition Management Post-diploma
  • Food Service Worker (Part-time) Certificate
  • Foundational Programs Certificate
  • Game Development Diploma; Advanced
  • Gas Technician 2 (Part-time) Certificate
  • Gas Technician 3 (Part-time) Certificate
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  • General Arts and Science – Aboriginal Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Aviation Management Diploma
  • General Arts and Science – Community Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Concept Art Foundations Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Design Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Environmental Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Introduction to Fine Art Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Introduction to Music Industry Arts Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Justice Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Media and Communication Studies Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Pre-Animation and Illustration Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Pre-Technology Certificate
  • General Arts and Science – Pre-Trades Certificate
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  • Graphic Design Diploma; Advanced
  • Green Architecture Post-diploma
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  • Hairstylist Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician Diploma
  • Home Inspection (Part-time) Certificate; Online
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  • Horticultural Technician Certificate; Apprenticeship
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  • Human Resources Management Post-diploma
  • Human Resources Management Studies (Part-time) Certificate; Online
  • Human Services Foundations Certificate
  • Illustration and Concept Art Diploma
  • Information Technology Support (Part-time) Certificate
  • Interactive Media Design Diploma; Co-op
  • Interactive Media Management Post-diploma
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Human-Centred Design Post-diploma; Co-op
  • Interior Decorating Diploma
  • International Business Management Certificate
  • Journalism Diploma
  • Law Clerk Diploma
  • Law Clerk (Intensive) Diploma
  • Library and Information Technician Diploma
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician Diploma
  • Marketing Management Post-diploma
  • Marketing Research and Business Intelligence Post-diploma
  • Massage Therapy Diploma; Advanced
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma; Advanced
  • Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing Certificate
  • Medical Device Reprocessing Certificate
  • Medical Radiation Technology Diploma; Advanced
  • Mobile Application Design and Development Diploma
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  • Motive Power Technician – Diesel Equipment and Truck Diploma
  • Music Industry Arts Diploma
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  • Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma
  • Office Administration – Executive Diploma; Co-op
  • Office Administration – General Certificate
  • Office Administration – Health Services Diploma
  • Office Administration – Legal Diploma
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  • Paramedic Diploma
  • Pathways to Indigenous Empowerment – Preparation Certificate
  • Performing Arts Certificate
  • Personal Support Worker Certificate
  • Personal Support Worker – (Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre) Certificate
  • Photography Diploma
  • Photography Techniques (Part-time) Certificate
  • Plumber Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Police Foundations Diploma
  • Powerline Technician Diploma; Co-op
  • Practical Nursing Diploma
  • Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses Diploma
  • Pre-English for Academic Purposes (Canadian) Certificate
  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Certificate
  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathways to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Certificate; Advanced
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Certificate
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  • Project Management Post-diploma
  • Public Relations Diploma
  • Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma
  • Recreation and Leisure Services (Entry into Level 03) Diploma
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Certificate; Apprenticeship
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  • Registered Nurse – Perinatal Nursing Post-diploma
  • Registered Nurse – Perioperative Nursing Post-diploma
  • Registered Practical Nurse – Operating Room Post-diploma
  • Regulatory Affairs – Sciences Post-diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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  • Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Residential Decor (Part-time) Certificate
  • Respiratory Therapy Diploma; Advanced
  • Retirement Communities Management Post-diploma
  • Science and Technology Foundations Certificate
  • Scriptwriting Post-diploma
  • Social Service Worker Diploma
  • Social Service Worker (Intensive) Diploma
  • Sommelier Certificate
  • Sommelier (Part-time) Certificate
  • Spa & Wellness Operations Management Post-diploma
  • Sport Business Management Post-diploma
  • Strategic Global Business Management Post-diploma
  • Supply Chain Management (Part-time) Certificate
  • Teachers of English as a Foreign Language – International Diploma
  • Teachers of English as a Foreign/Second Language Post-diploma
  • Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language (Part-time) Post-diploma
  • Teaching Adult Lifelong Learners (Part-time) Certificate
  • Technical Writer Post-diploma; Co-op
  • Therapeutic Recreation Post-diploma
  • Therapeutic Recreation (Part-time) Post-diploma
  • Tourism – Travel Services Diploma
  • Truck and Coach Technician Certificate; Apprenticeship
  • Urban Forestry – Arboriculture Certificate
  • Veterinary Assistant Certificate
  • Veterinary Technician Diploma
  • Victimology Post-diploma
  • Water and Wastewater Technician Diploma
  • Web Development and Internet Applications Diploma; Co-op
  • Welding and Fabrication Techniques Certificate; Co-op
  • Welding and Fabrication Techniques (Weekends) Certificate
  • Wine Appreciation (Part-time) Certificate
  • Woodworking Techniques (Part-time) Certificate

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