Free training and upgrading

If you are looking for training that will help you gain skills for employment or meet the academic requirements to pursue education, there are options available to you.  This page is frequently updated as new training is approved, so be sure to check back regularly. 

For more information, click the links below. 

  • Academic Upgrading - Mohawk College, Fennell Campus

    Academic Upgrading is a flexible program designed to help you achieve your college, apprenticeship and/or employment goals. Our courses are designed for students who did not complete high school and need required courses (English, Math or Science) to apply for a post-secondary program or those wanting to refresh their skills. This program provides GED preparation and up to grade 12 equivalency in English, Science and Math.  

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE)

    Career Entrance Distance is a free, government-funded upgrading program for adults in Ontario who would like to take online courses to prepare for college, apprenticeship, or employment. These courses are accepted as OSSD equivalent by Colleges and Apprenticeships for purposes of admission.

    To learn about high school equivalents for the OCE courses, or more information on in-class options, please visit the Obtaining Grade 12 Equivalents for Admission page.

  • City School - Mobile Unit, various locations and online

    City school offers roadblock-free access to education around the community through its mobile units. They provide free post-secondary and employment courses to community members. You may qualify if you’re 19+ with little to no post-secondary education. 

  • Deaf Empowerment Program

    This program is taught in American Sign Language (ASL) for adults who are Deaf, Deafened or Hard-of-Hearing and are looking to prepare for the General Education Diploma (GED) test, gain requirements to apply for college study or improve skills needed for the workforce. This program is: Also taught in spoken English!

  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training

    Take advantage of the funded pre-apprenticeship training programs offered out of the Stoney Creek Campus of Mohawk College. These programs provide individuals with an equivalent of Level 1 apprenticeship in an approved trade. They are funded through the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and offered once a year in various trades. This link will also provide information on training offered at other educational institutes and will be updated as approval is received. 

  • Skills Advance Ontario Project

    The SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) project supports workforce development in identified key growth sectors. It supports job seekers to obtain employment by providing them with the sector-specific employment and training, and connecting them to the right employers.

    Please click on the links below to learn more about training opportunities and eligibility requirements.

  • Workshops - Online certificate completion

    There are several online workshops that you can complete and print off a certificate of completion, including Customer Service, WHMIS, Computer Basics and more. Reach out to our Resource and Information Staff at ces [at] for more information.

  • Workshops – Develop your job search tool kit!

    We have a great selection of workshops. Join us for Goal Setting and Money Management, DiSCover your Personality, Exploring Your Rights as a Worker, Introduction to Second Career and more – check out our complete list of workshops and register.