Adult Upgrading

Taking high school courses can help with various educational paths – working towards high school graduation, upgrading for work or for entrance into a post-secondary program.

Be sure to check with an academic advisor before starting an upgrading program – they will help confirm the courses and credits you need in order to reach your learning goals.

Find Flexible Options

Find the upgrading program that suits you best by researching the institutions and programs to make the best selection. There are several options that differ in location, cost, length and format. For example, you may choose an institution or program that offers:

  •     Day or evening courses
  •     Courses that are self-paced or teacher-directed
  •     Learning online or in a classroom

Here’s an overview of upgrading options to get you started:

Adult Basic Education 

Post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) offer high school-level courses through the Adult Basic Education program (ABE). Each institution sets their own fee schedule and delivery method for these courses, so it’s best to check with them directly to learn more. Credits for ABE courses may be transferred between participating institutions.

The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) is a non-repayable grant available to eligible low-income ABE students to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and other costs.

Public institutions that offer ABE programs:

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Camosun College
Capilano University
College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies
Douglas College
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langara College
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
North Island College
Northern Lights College
Northwest Community College’s Career Preparation College
Okanagan College
Selkirk College
Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University-Open Learning Agency
University of the Fraser Valley
Vancouver Community College
Vancouver Island University

School districts offer high school courses for adults at secondary schools, adult learning and continuing education centres throughout the province. These locations are tailored specifically to the needs of adult students by using various learning environments and instructional methods that could include face-to-face, self-paced and/or online learning. Course offerings vary between locations.

Get Ready

Start your high school course or skills training program feeling comfortable and prepared – improve your literacy or numeracy skills through a Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP).

Community Adult Literacy Program
(See 2017/18 Call For CALP Proposals below)

Funding is available for partnerships between community literacy organizations and public post-secondary institutions to deliver community adult literacy programs.

The objectives of the Community Adult Literacy Program are to:

  • Increase the level of literacy and numeracy proficiencies among adults - 19 years and older - in order to meet the increasing demands of our labour market.
  • Meet the varying needs of adult learners including Aboriginal peoples, immigrants, and persons with disabilities.
  • Increase literacy awareness among British Columbians.

In 2016/17, 91 CALP grants were funded, supporting 9,000 adult learners in 85 communities in British Columbia.

NEW 2017/18 Call for CALP Proposals

The Ministry of Advanced Education is now accepting 2017/18 CALP applications from organizations currently delivering CALP programs and those that aspire to deliver these programs in their community.

Application Instructions and Deadline

All information related to application requirements and eligibility for funding under the 2017/18 Community Adult Literacy Program is available through the Application Form and Applicant’s Guide. Completed 2017/18 CALP applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to Tegan Tang, Education Officer, Colleges and Skills Development Branch, via email at by 12:00 PM (Noon, PST) on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Information Session

A teleconference information session will be scheduled on Thursday, February 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm to address any questions that may not be addressed in the CALP Application Form and Guide.  Please email Tegan if you would like to attend and for teleconference dial-in instructions.  If you have any other questions, please contact Tegan via email or telephone 250-356-9733.   


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