College and Career Preparation
Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses
Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are for adults
who want to:
review and improve their English, computer, math, or science skills to
meet employment requirements or for personal benefit
to enhance their life, educational, and employment readiness skill prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) high school
complete high school to earn the B.C. adult graduation diploma (Adult
complete prerequisite courses for post-secondary programs
For entry into ABE courses, students must:
be at least 19 years of age, or
have a high school graduation diploma, or
be 17 or 18 years of age and out of public school for at least one year
Note: If you do not meet the entrance requirements, you may apply for special
Note: Please consult
UFV International if you are not a
Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
When to apply
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space.
See Continuous application
process for more information.
How to apply
Students apply to take an ABE course by calling or visiting their nearest CCP
department to discuss their education and career goals with an instructional
assistant. If necessary, students will be advised to register for an assessment
session where their reading, writing, and/or math skills will be assessed.
To find out when the next CCP information and assessment session will be
held, please see
this section of the CCP website or contact your nearest UFV CCP centre by
phone or email.
Registration into courses is dependant on available seats, so applying early
Students who have been given a registration time and meet course
prerequisites can register online or in person at Admissions and Registration.
Students who do not meet course prerequisites will be given permission to
register in courses based on their previous education, assessment results (if
their goals. Permission to Register forms can be obtained from a CCP
Fees and additional costs
There are no tuition fees for courses numbered 040 to 099; however, students
are required to buy their own textbooks and supplies. Students enrolled in
courses numbered 070 to 099 must pay ancillary fees.
See the Fees and Other Costs
section for details.
Financial aid from Adult Basic Education
Student Assistance Program (ABESAP)
The ABESAP grant is available to eligible students to help pay required fees
and related costs. For information about the ABESAP grant, contact the CCP
instructional assistant on your campus or Student Financial Aid Services at 604-864-4601 in Abbotsford or 604-702-2618 in Chilliwack.
Dates and locations
ABE courses are scheduled according to the UFV timetable. During the fall
and winter semesters, courses are offered in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and
Mission. Summer semester courses are offered in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. Go to
this section of the CCP
website to see the CCP timetable, or contact the CCP instructional assistant on
a campus near you (see above) for more information.
Three-credit CCP courses meet twice per week for 15 weeks for a total of 90
hours. In addition to attending classes, students are expected to work on
assignments outside of class time. For this reason, a full-course load for ABE
students is considered to be three courses (9 credits).
The CCP department offers courses from the four levels of B.C.s Adult Basic Education (ABE)
program: Fundamental, Intermediate, Advanced, and Provincial. ABE courses follow the guidelines and requirements established by the Ministry of
Advanced Education. A certificate is available for each level for students who
complete the requirements.
The following Fundamental-level courses offered through the CCP department
help students bring their skills up to the Grade 8 level.
Fundamental-Level English I
Fundamental-Level English II
||Fundamental Math I
in a Fundamental-level course, a student must meet the prerequisites or obtain
permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
The following Intermediate-level courses offered through the CCP department
help students bring their skills up to the Grade 10 level.
Career Planning: Skills for Success
Note: Intermediate-level courses meet the entry requirement for
some vocational programs.
To enrol in an Intermediate-level course, a student must meet the
prerequisites or obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be
Advanced-level courses considered to be equivalent to Grade 11 courses
are offered through several different UFV departments.
The CCP department offers the following Advanced-level courses.
Algebra and Trigonometry
Algebra and Trigonometry
The following Advanced-level courses are offered through other UFV
College Chemistry I
College Physics I
Note: MATH 084 or 085 may be used to fulfill the math
requirement of the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (see below for information about
the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma).
Note: Some Advanced-level courses may be used as prerequisites
for post-secondary programs.
To enrol in an Advanced-level course, a student must meet the prerequisites
or obtain permission from the department (an assessment may be required).
Provincial-level courses help prepare students for further training
in vocational, career, technical, or academic programs. It is very important to
consult an educational advisor when planning such a program.
Provincial-level courses considered to be equivalent to Grade 12 courses
are offered through several different UFV departments.
The CCP department offers the following Provincial-level courses.
||An Introduction to
Canadian Indigenous Peoples Cultures
The following Provincial-level courses are offered through other UFV
College Chemistry II
College Math I
College Math II
College Physics II
Note: Provincial-level courses may be used to fulfill the
requirements of the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (see below for more information)
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions
section in the calendar or
this section of the CCP website.
B.C. Adult Graduation
diploma (Adult Dogwood)
The B.C. Adult Graduation (Adult Dogwood) diploma is the secondary
school graduation diploma for adults, 19 years of age or over.
To be eligible to graduate in the Adult Graduation Program, adult students
(19 years of age or over) must complete five courses in the post-secondary
A Provincial-level English (ENGL 091) or higher course, and
An Advanced-level (MATH 084 or MATH 085) or higher mathematics course,
Three additional courses at the Provincial-level or higher, or
Advanced-level Social Sciences and two Provincial-level courses or
To complete the requirements, students may need to take some courses outside
the CCP department, so it is important when planning your program to consult
with your CCP Instructional Assistant.
Note: To be eligible for the Adult Graduation Diploma, a person
must be 19 years or older. An eighteen-year-old who has been out of school for
at least a year may be admitted to an adult program with approval form.
Note: Courses from the B.C. School System may be counted toward
the diploma; however, at least three courses must be taken as an adult.
General Education Development
(GED) Secondary School Equivalency Certificate
The General Educational Development (GED) tests are five multiple choice
tests in the areas of language arts writing, language arts reading, social
studies, science, and mathematics. The language arts writing test also requires
the writing of an essay.
The GED Secondary School Equivalency Certificate is awarded to examinees who
successfully complete all five tests. The GED certificate is NOT the same as the
Dogwood diploma awarded to students who complete the graduation requirements of
the B.C. Secondary School Program or the Adult Dogwood diploma awarded to students
who complete the graduation requirements of the B.C. Adult Graduation Program.
While the GED cannot be considered as a substitute for a Dogwood diploma,
success in earning the GED certificate will satisfy the UFV entrance
requirements where the stated requirement is secondary school completion or
equivalent. However, passing the GED tests does not result in a student having
credit for any specific Grade 11 or Grade 12 individual course.
To write the GED, a student must:
be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant,
be a British Columbia resident,
be at least 18 years of age on the date of the tests, and
not have received a Grade 12 graduation certificate from any
To learn more about the GED, go to