Where Do I Start?

Getting Started. Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you,
  • are at least 19 years old,
  • or are 18 and have been out of school for at least 12 months,
  • or have a high school graduation diploma,
  • and are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, landed immigrant or have student authorization issued by Immigration Canada

Upgrading Step-by-Step

  1. Fill out an online application, or pick up the print version of the form at the Okanagan College campus nearest to you.
  2. Complete a free math and english assessment. Click here for dates, times and locations:


    Skills assessment testing is recommended for all students who have been out of high school for three or more years and is required for students who need to complete prerequisite courses. Here is a Practice Math Skills Assessment for you to review before your assessment.  
  3. Consult with an Educational Advisor, an AACP coordinator, or an AACP instructor to select the courses that are right for you.
  4. Ask us about financial assistance. Financial assistance is available to cover student fees and other expenses, where applicable. Financial assistance application forms are available at the Welcome Centre in Kelowna and at all campus administration offices.
  5. Register for classes!

How do Upgrading/Adult Basic Education classes work?

  • Classroom-based
    • Classes may include small group lectures, labs, discussions, co-operative learning and individual one-to-one instruction.
    • Start Dates for Day and Evening Classes vary by campus.
      • Kelowna: September, January, May, and July
      • Vernon: September, January, and May
      • Penticton, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke: September and January
  • Self-Paced Learning
    • Generally one-to-one instruction, but will often include small group activities.
    • Start Dates for Self-Paced Courses. Some self-paced courses can be started any time. Consult with an Educational Advisor for details on this option.
      • Kelowna: September, January, May, and July
      • Vernon: September, January, and May
      • Penticton, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke: September and January
  • Flex Classes
    • Multi-level, multi-course, and self-paced. Students gain access to a wide range of courses and the opportunity to choose when they wish to attend.
    • Flex classes are offered in Penticton, Revelstoke, and Vernon.
    • Start dates are flexible. Inquire at the nearest campus for further details.
  • Volunteer Tutor Literacy Program
    • A one-to-one program for adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing and/or math skills.
    • Start Dates: Any time
    • Locations: Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton

Adult Basic Education Courses

Choose from courses in mathematics, science, biology, English, chemistry, physics, law, social studies, and computer studies. For more information, check out the course descriptions in the Online Okanagan College Calendar

Note: Not all campuses offer all courses, and course offerings may vary each semester.