Adult and Continuing Education
Adult and continuing education is education for adults which is not necessarily a university or college degree, diploma, or certificate program.
There are many reasons for an adult to take education and training:
- Personal or professional development
- Upgrade or develop new job skills
- Get further in your career
- Start a new career
Adult education helps you in many areas, including:
- Adult literacy and basic skills training
- Flexible learning
- Bridging programs
- Apprenticeship programs
- Job skills training
- Professional training
- University level programs.
Continuing Education for Adults
Continuing education includes many post-secondary programs to help you reach personal or professional goals such as:
- Degree or certificate credit courses
- Non-degree career training
- Workforce training
- Formal personal enrichment courses, and more.
Meet with a counsellor from the school you plan to attend to learn more about:
- A program or course
- What skills you need to take the course
- Whether the course is part time, full time, intensive over a short term like a weekend, online, or available by distance education
- Student services
- Programs for international students
- Costs and financial help.
Before you choose a school, find out about the school’s reputation, and what others think about the school or course. Find out more on Continuing Education at:
- Continuing Education at Conestoga College
- Continuing Education at Wilfrid Laurier University
- Continuing Education at University of Waterloo
For more information about Adult Learning in Ontario see the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
PLAR assesses and gives credit for the knowledge and skills you have already gained through life and work experience. Most colleges, universities, and professional associations use PLAR to assess the skills and knowledge of people who want to attend.
Organizations like WES also assess the schooling you had in other countries. You may need one of these assessments for work, education, and licensing applications.
There are PLAR programs for adult students in secondary school courses, and PLAR programs for youth in high school. Find out more at:
- The Ontario Association of Adult & Continuing Education School Board Administrators
- St Louis Adult and Continuing Education Centres
You must have some English skills to join certain programs. Visit Learning English to find out more about English as a Second Language (ESL) or Enhanced Language Training (ELT) programs.
General Educational Development (GED) and Adult High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate
If you are an adult who did not finish high school in Ontario, you can get an Ontario HSE certificate through the GED program.
An HSE certificate may be necessary to join some college or university programs. Talk to a counsellor at the school you plan to attend to find out if you need an HSE.
Find out more about GED and HSE at:
- Open Door Cambridge
- General Educational Development
- GED Testing at the Independent Learning Centre
- Conestoga College Preparatory Programs and Academic Upgrading
For more information…
- Adult Education information at Ontarioimmigration.ca
- Adult Education information at Settlement.Org
- Career maps for help in planning your career
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition in Canada
- Essential Skills on the Human Resources and Social Development Canada website lists the skills needed to get involved in the workplace and community.