Course Description

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn and use strategies that can be applied to their academic, employment, and personal life. The strategies will equip them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become effective, confident and flexible learners. The course will focus on areas such as self reflection, critical thinking, goal setting, study skills, organizational skills, group dynamics, and career/employment exploration.

Special Approval is required to registered in this course. Please reach out to cehealth@mohawkcollege.ca for more information. 

What is the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program?

ACE Distance/Online LogoACE is a FREE (government-funded) upgrading program for adults in Ontario who would like to take online courses to prepare for college, apprenticeship, or employment. Information on in-class options can be found on the Obtaining Grade 12 Equivalents for Admission page.

The number of course hours shown are “equivalent classroom hours”. The workload for this course would be about the same if you took a course through traditional classroom delivery that is offered approximately 5 hours per week. We estimate that the student workload for one course is approximately 10 to 15 hours per week.

The free ACE distance courses are offered at the start of January, March, April, June, September and November each year.

How do I qualify for a free course?

  • You must be an Ontario resident, 19 years or older. You may not be on an international study visa.
  • You must have access to a reliable computer and the Internet.
  • You must complete the online application form on the ACE website (opens in new window). After you submit the form, you will receive an email explaining your next steps in the application process.
  • Complete the online skills assessments (1 to 2 hours). After your application form has been reviewed and accepted, you will receive instructions (by email) to complete the online “Essential Skills for Employment and Education” (ESEE) assessments. ESEE measures your current skill levels in three areas: Reading, Document Use and Numeracy. You can start most Tuesdays. If your assessment scores meet the entry standards you can continue in the L2L course. If not, we will offer you some options for other upgrading courses.
  • Successfully complete the Learn to Learn (L2L) online orientation course (15 to 20 hours over 2 to 3 weeks). This short, mandatory orientation course will help you determine if you have the computer skills, academic background and attributes to succeed in ACE Online courses.
  • If you successfully complete L2L, you can register for your first ACE course.
  • You can take one ACE course at a time.
  • You have 22 weeks to complete each ACE course, but you can move more quickly if you are able to do so.


What about textbooks?

Most ACE Distance courses have been developed to be textbook free. Textbooks will be provided at no cost for those courses that require a textbook. Courses that require textbooks are Apprenticeship Math, Technical Math and Physics.

If you register in a course that requires a textbook, please contact Marla White mwhite@cscau.com and give her your name, mailing address, and the course for which you need a textbook. She will send the textbook to you by courier.

Where do I write exams, if there are any?

Most ACE courses have online final exams. If there is an in-person exam, you will book that through the website. Approximately six weeks before the end of the course, you can view exam booking information online.

What are the computer requirements?

You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. More details can be found in the OntarioLearn Help Center (opens new window). While mobile devices may allow some participation in the course, they are not guaranteed to meet all your coursework needs.

How do I receive my final grade?

Approximately four to six weeks after the end of your course, you can log into MyMohawk (opens new window) to view your grades. Visit How do I find my Continuing Education grades? for step-by-step instructions.

Need more information?

Email cehealth@mohawkcollege.ca.





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