Guide to Continuing Education and Adult Upgrading

Adult students are required to pay tuition ($110 per credit per course). However, if you choose to take your academic upgrading with ADLC, you may be eligible to apply for the Skills Investment Bursary (SIB), which covers the entire cost of a course, including tuition, course materials, and taxes. This bursary does not need to be repaid, and we’re happy to help you with the application process.

Visit our Tuition, Fees & Funding page for more on costs and options.

If you’re planning to upgrade your high school marks and don’t know where to start, we’re also pleased to offer placement testing.

For more information, please contact registrations by email at or by phone at 1-866-774-5333, ext. 5360 (toll-free within Alberta).

Why Choose ADLC?

ADLC will help you to complete your Alberta high school diploma, improve your current high school marks, or fulfill post-secondary admission requirements.



Students can work at any time (Early bird? Night Owl? Doesn’t matter), any pace (fast track or take your time), and any place (no, really). We have four campuses in Alberta, located in Edmonton, Barrhead, Calgary, and Lethbridge. We also have professional teacher-instructors whose job it is to help make your educational experience a success. ADLC teachers are available in person or by phone, email, and Skype.


ADLC teachers are available to assist you in all subjects. Regular office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays (excluding holidays), but view your teacher’s staff profile to determine their individual availability. Math and Science teachers are also available to provide additional assistance Monday to Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 8:30.


ADLC offers quality academic upgrading courses at competitive prices. We don’t charge registration, campus, or technology fees. Students over the age of 19 may also be eligible for a Student Investment Bursary (SIB). For more information about this and other options, visit our Tuition, Fees & Funding  page.

Open Enrolment

ADLC doesn’t have semesters; courses are self-paced and can be started and completed at any time within one year from the date of registration. As an adult student, you’re also not required to have prerequisites to register in a course.


ADLC offers more than 250 courses for Grades 1–12. The majority of these courses are available in either online or print (no internet required) formats. This includes all high school courses required for graduation and prerequisite courses for Alberta college, technical institute, and university programs.


Credits for courses at ADLC are accepted at all post-secondary institutions in Alberta and beyond. When you enrol in upgrading courses at ADLC, you can be assured that you’re taking courses based on the Alberta Program of Studies. This means your courses can be used as prerequisites at any post-secondary institution in Alberta and many post-secondary institutions outside of the province. Credits for completed courses will also appear on your official Alberta transcript.

You should be aware that, in some cases, adult upgrading courses taken at institutions other than ADLC can be used as prerequisites only at the institution that administers the courses. Some institutions are also unable to offer credits for courses (that is, completed courses will not appear on your Alberta transcript).

Your education awaits. Get started with ADLC