Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

BC Adult Graduation Diploma

BC residents can now access Adult Basic Education tuition-free (applicable fees still apply).

(Grade 12 equivalency)

The ABE Intermediate Certificate may for you if you are an adult learner who would like to complete your high school education and attain your BC Adult Graduation Diploma.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education credential parallels the requirements of the Ministry of Education's Adult Graduation Diploma.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

The BC Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly the ABE Provincial Diploma and the Adult Dogwood) allows you, as an adult learner, to return to and complete the BC Ministry of Education secondary school requirements. This enables you to graduate from Grade 12 in preparation for entry into the workforce, a vocational program or post-secondary studies.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

If you plan to complete a credential through Open Learning, please fill in aProgram Admission Form and submit it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of one of the required courses must be completed through TRU (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

Five courses, as follows:

English (one required)

ENGL 0601, Introduction to Literature or an approved Grade 12 Language Arts course

Mathematics (one required)

MATH 0523, Advanced Mathematics
ACCT 1211, Accounting I or an approved mathematics or accounting course at the Grade 11 level or higher (not recommended if you want to study at other post-secondary institutions; consult them regarding their entrance and program admission requirements and recommended courses)

Electives (three required)

BIOL 0601, Provincial Biology
MATH 0633, Provincial Mathematics
PHYS 0601, Senior Physics

Consult a Program Advisor for a list of all other suitable electives.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. If you proceed otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet program requirements and its credits may not applied toward your chosen credential, or you may be required to pay an additional transcript assessment fee.

Transfer Credit

Approved Grade 12, college or university courses may be eligible for transfer credit. Consult a Program Advisor. Prior completion of all ABE Advanced Certificate requirements is not mandatory, although certain courses do have prerequisites.

Courses authorized by the BC Ministry of Education (four secondary-school credits) or the Ministry of Advanced Education may be used toward the BC Adult Graduation Diploma, provided that the Ministry-authorized courses meet diploma requirements.

Courses taken through OL or at other recognized post-secondary institutions in BC or elsewhere can be assessed for credit toward the Advanced Certificate and/or the BC Adult Graduation Diploma.

A completed Program Admission Form, official transcripts from all schools and institutions attended and the appropriate fee are required for an assessment. However, the credit assessment fee may be waived if you are submitting transcripts only from BC secondary schools, BC college ABE programs or OL. You may also apply online at BCEducationPlanner.

Some non-formal courses and qualifications have been assessed as also providing transferable credit. You may be able to earn credits by demonstrating knowledge through challenge examinations.

If you want to enter a university directly, you must meet the requirements of the institution that you plan to attend: please select courses accordingly.

Credit courses from BC post-secondary institutions used to meet the requirements of the Adult Basic Education Advanced Certificate or BC Adult Graduation Diploma qualifications may also be used to meet the program requirements of an OL program.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Email Student Services with questions about this or any of our ABE programs.