ACE Online | St. Clair College

FAQs about ACADEMIC and CAREER ENTRANCE (ACE) Online Program

What is the ACE Online program used for?

These courses are only for students who need to upgrade in order to meet admissions requirements for college programs. If you are looking to complete your OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) please contact your local Board of Education.

Please Note: ACE Online courses are NOT grade 12 equivalents and ACE courses do not meet the entrance requirements for the Collaborative Nursing program.

What is the fee for ACE Online courses?

There is no charge for the Learn to Learn or ACE Online courses, although you must be an Ontario resident. This program is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Do I have to purchase a textbook for my ACE Online course?

Students receive texts free of charge. Textbooks are distributed to students by the College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading (CSC). If you successfully complete the course, you do not have to return the textbook. Textbooks are required for the following ACE Online courses: Apprenticeship Mathematics, Technology Mathematics, Physics and Business Mathematics. There are NO textbooks required for Biology, Communications, Computer Fundamentals, Self Management/Self Direction, Core Mathematics and Chemistry.

When can I start an ACE Online Course?

The online courses start each September, November, January, March and June. You must have the mandatory L2L Module completed prior to registering for your first ACE Online course.

How long does each course take to complete?

Students have 22 weeks to complete an ACE Online course, although all courses are “open” from the start (that means you can access all material from the first day). There is a recommended schedule to help students stay on top of things but you can move as fast as you are able. Approximate course hours are as follows. Self-Management and Self Direction and Computers take about 80 hours. Apprenticeship math is 100 hours, Biology, Chemistry. Physics, Core Math, Business Math, and Tech Math all take around 120 hours, and Communications takes about 150 hours.

How many ACE Online courses can I take at one time?

We recommend students start off taking only one course since each course requires an average of 7-10 hours per week. Classes begin the 1st week of the month. Second Career students should discuss taking ACE Online courses with their local Second Career office.

Are there any pre-requisites that I must complete before taking an ACE Online course?

Yes, to help you succeed, we have developed an Assessment and Orientation course called Learn to Learn (L2L). All ACE Online students must complete the Learn to Learn course BEFORE enrolling in an ACE Online course.

Is there someone I can contact if I have questions about the ACE Online program or getting registered?

If you have questions or concerns, call 519 972-2711 or email

How To Start Your A.C.E. Distance course:

Note: A.C.E. Distance courses have a course code starting with ACE and are delivered through our partnership with Ontario Learn. (Example: ACE 12)

To access your A.C.E. Distance. course, you will need to follow a 2-step process. First, access your St. Clair College email account and second, set up your Ontario Learn portal access. A.C.E. Distance courses are accessed through the Ontario Learn Portal.

Step 1: Access your St. Clair College account. You may already have an active St. Clair College email account. If so, please log in and look for an email from Ontario Learn with instructions and a temporary password. You may need to check the junk/spam folder. If you are new to St. Clair College, a St. Clair account will be provided for you. Please check the personal email account you provided with your registration for an email from St. Clair College IT Services. This will contain your St. Clair College email address and login information. You will need to set your password and follow the instructions provided.

If you did not receive information about your St. Clair College email account or are unable to log in and access it, please contact our IT Help Desk immediately at to get assistance.

Step 2: After you have access to your St. Clair College email account, please locate the email sent from Ontario Learn (Subject: From St. Clair College: Your OntarioLearn Log-in Details) with instructions to set up your Ontario Learn portal access. The email also contains a temporary password. You may need to check the junk/spam folder. Please follow the instructions provided by Ontario Learn to access the portal and begin your A.C.E. Distance course.

Note: Access to your A.C.E. Distance course will not become available in the Ontario Learn portal until the course start date.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at

How to Get Technical Assistance:

Technical assistance is available 24 / 7 should you encounter any technical difficulties accessing your course.

Toll-free: 1-800-695-5008

Computer Hardware / Software Requirements

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