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Adult Upgrading: Certificates of Completion

All intakes for these certificate programs have been suspended, although some upgrading courses are still being offered.


For further information, contact an Academic Advisor for the Faculty:

Adult Upgrading offers students recognition of their achievement as they advance their literacy and numeracy skills. Most courses are given in a continuous-entry, individually paced format, and are available year-round. Courses in the Certificates of Completion are part of the BC Adult Upgrading Transfer program and may be taken at other post-secondary institutions and transferred to KPU.

The Fundamental Certificate of Completion recognizes a student's readiness to advance to the next level of high school completion and mastery of the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students will benefit from the fundamental level if they have difficulty with basic reading, writing, and math.

The Intermediate Certificate of Completion recognizes the equivalent completion of Grade 10. Students are well on their way to completing high school graduation, for direct entry into many trades and vocational programs, and for the GED.  The courses within this certificate are currently under review.

The Advanced Certificate of Completion recognizes the equivalent completion of Grade 11. Upon completion, many students will be ready to challenge undergraduate course-work, and are ready to work towards BC Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood). Completion of Advanced English will normally allow a student to succeed in the LPI test.  The courses within this certificate are currently under review.


Admission Requirements

The following program admission requirements apply:

  • All applicants, except those referred by instructors, must take assessments in English and math to ensure appropriate placement in the courses. Assessments are booked through Student Enrolment Services at 604.599.2000.

Curricular Requirements

Fundamental Certificate of Completion Requirements

One of:
  ENGQ 0064 Basic Writing Skills 2 3 credits
  ENGQ 0065 Basic Reading Skills 2 3 credits
  MATQ 0006 Adult Literacy Fundamental Mathematics Level 6 no credits

Intermediate Certificate of Completion Requirements

(Grade 10 equivalency)

All of:
  ABEE 0070 Intermediate English (English 10) 3 credits
  MATQ 0010 Intermediate Mathematics (Math 10) 3 credits
  ABES 0010 Intermediate Science (Science 10) 3 credits
  An intermediate level (grade 10 or higher) socials course. 3 credits

Advanced Certificate of Completion Requirements

(Grade 11 equivalency)

All of:
  ABEE 0081 Advanced English (Grade 11 equivalent) 3 credits
  MATQ 0011 Advanced Mathematics (Math 11) 3 credits
Plus any two of the following:
  ABEB 0011 Advanced Science (Biology 11) 4 credits
  ABEB 0012 Provincial Science (Biology 12) 4 credits
  ABEP 0011 Introduction to Physics (Physics 11) 4 credits
  A language at the grade 11 level or higher 3 credits

Other Information

Students may apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant. Please contact the Academic & Career Advancement Educational Advisor at 604-599-2063 for further information.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the Adult Upgrading option, students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion in Adult Basic Education.

At a Glance

Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement

Program Type:

  • University Preparatory

Credential Granted:

  • Certificate of Completion

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey
  • Online  Online

Start Date(s):

  • Intake Start Varies  Varies

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Instructional Cycle:

  • Continuous

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 28-Jun-2017

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