Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading at Northern College offers support and services to individuals seeking to advance their education. Whether it is to obtain high school equivalent, obtain pre-requisite courses to get into a college program, or to develop computer or study skills, Academic Upgrading is here to support your pursuit of advancing your education and skills.

To learn more about our services, please email

About Our Services
Upgrading will benefit you if:
• You have been out of school for some time.
• You need further education to achieve career or personal goals.
• You need senior math or sciences credits for a college program.
• You want to develop your learning and study skills.
• You want to improve your computer skills.

Free and Flexible
Our services are free, however a small fee may apply for use of texts and a $20 student fee is levied. You can begin anytime between September and May. Courses are customized to health, technical, business, human services, or environmental program streams. Timetables are individualized to accommodate work and family needs and you may qualify for transportation and/or childcare support. Our services are offered to adult learners from a variety of education levels and backgrounds.

Program Length
Program duration will depend on your needs and goals. Learners needing several subjects can, on average, complete the program within 37 weeks, although some may need more or less time. Programs run for 37 weeks between September and June every year. Summer sessions may be available at a site near you, based on enrolment.
Register for Academic Upgrading

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.
How It Works
Contact the centre nearest you to arrange for an assessment with us to evaluate your current skill levels in math, communications and computers. Programs generally start within two weeks of evaluation. You will work independently on assigned tasks in a large classroom of adults and on computer. You also receive one-on-one coaching and feedback. To prepare for a college program, begin your Academic Upgrading as early as possible to ensure you are ready in time for the college program to begin. Because September is the best time to start upgrading, make your initial contact in June or late August.

Areas we Serve
We have centres in the following locations and we serve all surrounding areas in Northeastern Ontario. Contact the centre nearest you to get started with our services.