The Attestation of Collegial Studies (ACS), or Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) in French, is a short college program created specifically for an adult clientele and to reflect the reality of recent labor market, and as such, they are outside the usual path of education from high school. To be eligible for admission to an ACS, the student must have been out of full-time studies for at least one year (see Admission Criteria for more details).
ACS programs are usually given over a continuous period without breaks even through the summer. General knowledge courses such as English, French, Humanities and Physical Education are not normally taught in these programs. Rather the courses are focused on the core subject matters of the area of study making the programs relatively short and allowing students to return quickly to the job market. Courses are given for credit and lead to an Attestation which is recognized by the Ministry of Education, by employers as well as different licensing and certification boards, but is not sufficient for application to University.