College Preparation for Adults - Basic Skills to Grade 12

Adult Basic Education (ABE) program 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

tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus

At this time all Adult Basic Education courses are offered online only.

ABE students can utilize the tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus student labs to access their course materials, if needed, during regular campus hours.

For more information please contact Student Services at: 604.485.2878 or email

Courses Offered

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 17 years of age and out of school for 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. To book an assessment, please call 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 email or calling the campus at 604.485.2878.

Study Package


Tuition Fee Schedule

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

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 tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus to book an appointment for information on course availability, start date, and registration.


Continuous Intake: students can start every two weeks
Course Term - 15 weeks