GED Program Discontinued

gedBy Rob Hughes

Passing the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) test once gave those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential.  GED® certification is useful when it’s accepted by employers or post-secondary institutions as proof that you meet basic education requirements. 

The BC Ministry of Education discontinued the GED® program at the end of 2014 in favour of the Adult Graduation Program.  Those adults, 18 years or older, seeking to complete their high school must now complete 20 credits in the secondary system or five in the post-secondary system in order to receive their diploma.

The table under the heading At-a-Glance in the link below provides an overview of the qualifying courses.

The Ministry of Education provides information on their website

Patricia McClelland at Vancouver Island University indicated that students can receive Planning 12 credit for previous certifications and work experience and 12A and/or B for previous work experience.  This often gives students their 3 grade 12 courses and leaves only the English and Math courses to complete for graduation. Any course taken can count for credit in the Adult Program. The number of courses given can go by hours – usually about 120 hours per 4 credit course – several mini courses can be combined for one grade 12 course if necessary.



See more information about the GED® Program here:

Vancouver Island University

Powell River Board of Education

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