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College Preparation for Adults - Basic Skills to Grade 12

Adult Basic Education or ABE program (also known as Career and Academic Preparation) is for adults who want to:

  • Complete prerequisite courses needed for further study
  • Obtain a graduation certificate
  • Prepare for employment
  • Refresh their skills and confidence for work or further studies
  • Reach a personal goal

We Offer

  • Small classes
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Individualized help

Admission Requirements

Minimum 17 years of age and out of school a minimum of one year
High school graduation
Enrolled in a VIU academic or trades/vocational program

Note: An assessment may be required for placement purposes if prerequisites were completed more than 5 years prior to admission. Study materials are available from the Powell River campus library or can be downloaded from the VIU website. To book an assessment, please phone 604-485-2878.

Seniors - Age Exemption

Domestic students 65 years or older are entitled to free tuition for Academic courses, space permitting. This exemption applies to tuition fees and Student Activity Fees only; it does not apply to Students’ Union Fees, Professional Development and Training courses, Trades programs, or textbook purchases and Differential Tuition and/or Other Mandatory Student Fees.

For more information please contact an Advisor by calling the campus at 604-485-2878 or by email.

Study Packages


Fee Type Cost

Tuition (per course)

Student & Activity Fees
Application Fee

* The above table is based on a four-month semester. ABE courses can run more than, or less than, four months. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Special Expenses


Contact the ABE Department for a list of required textbooks and costs.


All fees and other costs are subject to change without prior notice.

Financial Support

Financial support may be available through Services Canada, First Nations Bands, the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) and other sources. Check with the agencies concerned or a VIU advisor.

Course Levels

Adult Basic Education covers four levels:

  • Fundamental - Grade 8 equivalency: to learn reading, writing and basic math & computer skills
  • Intermediate - Grade 10 equivalency: to prepare for the many vocational programs that require Grade 10.
  • Advanced - Grade 11 equivalency: to prepare for most vocational & technical programs and to complete prerequisites for academic programs.
  • Provincial - equivalent to academic Grade 12: to prepare for university and some technical programs. Courses can be used towards a BC Adult Graduation diploma.
  • Foundations for Success - support for students transitioning into post-secondary programs
  • Workplace Essential Skills and Training (WEST) - opportunities for people with developmental disabilities (classroom and work practicum training)

Students can take courses at different levels at the same time. Adult Basic Education courses can be taken full-time or part-time. Students can work toward an ABE certificate, a BC Adult Graduation Diploma or focus on prerequisite courses for entry to specific programs. Students should talk to an advisor to discuss upgrading possibilities. Call the Powell River Campus to book an appointment for information on course availability, start date, and registration.


Fall Term 2015
Sept 8, 2015 - Dec 4, 2015

Spring Term 2016
Jan 4, 2016 – April 1, 2016

Intersession Term 2016
April 11, 2016 - June 17, 2016


Zora Soprovich, English, Writing Centre
Gerry Joynt, Math
Rob Krausz, Math, Science, Computer Studies
Alison Taplay, Workplace Essentials Skills Training

Additional Services

ABE English, Computer Studies, Math and Science Prep.

  • Get extra help with your coursework from an Instructor in a classroom setting.
  • Take tests or study
  • Prepare for assessment tests

Vocational Prep.

  • Get help from an Instructor in a classroom setting to prepare for your assessment test.

Writing Resources Room

  • Open to all VIU students for writing skills support and development; English Instructor led.

Foundations for Success

    • Support for students transitioning into post-secondary programs

Workplace Essential Skills Training

    • For students with a developmental disability