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Mature Students

If you are 19 years or older by the beginning of classes, but have not yet completed your high school diploma, you will be considered a "mature student."

Submit your application and any relevant high school transcripts to (additional testing or upgrading may be necessary for you to meet program admission requirements).


SKILLSMARKER is an assessment tool created to assess an individual’s skill levels in reading, writing, and numeracy – essential skills needed for work and further education. The assessment will be in alignment with an individual’s skills, their needs and their goal path.


This test determines if you are eligible for direct entry into your college program of interest.

  • The test helps to ensure that you have adequate academic skills to successfully participate in and complete your program.
  • If the assessment indicates that you are not eligible for direct entry, you can enroll in Academic Upgrading courses to ensure you meet the requirement.
  • In this instance, the results of your test will help your student advisor develop a training plan with you, to begin instruction at an appropriate level of learning.

Assessments can take between two to four hours to complete.

How to Get Started

Contact our Student Advisor

Our Student Advisor will provide you with information about Academic Upgrading and the SKILLSMARKER Assessment process, including.

  • How the test is administered and what is required for you to obtain direct entry to college.
  • Details about the Academic Upgrading program, including the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE), with courses available on a full-time or part-time basis, to suit your schedule.
  • How to register for your assessment and how to proceed once you’ve received your assessment results.
  • Orientation to the college and its programs.

Take the SKILLSMARKER Assessment

The SKILLSMARKER assessment will be administered virtually, by the Student Advisor. To complete this assessment, you will need access to a computer (or tablet) and the internet. If you have a disability that may affect your performance on the test, accommodations can be made.

Receive Acknowledgement

You will be contacted by email or phone with your assessment results: direct entry or requirement for upgrading courses.

If your test score indicates that you require preparatory courses before entry to college, you can arrange enrollment with the Student Advisor. Our courses are offered on a continuous intake basis so you can start anytime (with the exception of some teacher-led sciences).

Contacts for SKILLSMARKER Assessment and Information

  • Sutherland Campus, Peterborough: Email or Phone (705) 775-1311
  • Frost Campus, Lindsay: Email or Phone (705) 324-9144 x3343
  • Cobourg Campus: Email or Phone (905) 372-6865 x5226
  • Haliburton Campus: Email or Phone (705) 457-4562

Second Career Applicants

If it is determined that the student does not meet the admissions requirements, they may need academic upgrading. A fee will apply for Academic Upgrading completed at Fleming College. This cost will be determined by the training plan created by the A/U department based on the current rate and number of weeks/hours estimated to complete the requirement. Please follow the process below:

  • Contact our Academic Upgrading office
    Contact at the campus closest to you:

    • Sutherland Campus, Peterborough: (705) 749-5530 x1503
    • Frost Campus, Lindsay: (705) 324-9144 x1503
    • Cobourg Campus: (905) 372-6865 x5226
    • Haliburton Campus: (705) 457-4562
  • Once the assessment is completed a training plan will be provided to take to your Employment Counsellor
  • If the Employment Counsellor would like to discuss or proceed with the plan, contact the Academic Upgrading office to request a quote of the expected fees. We will ensure the training plan is current and/or reflects any changes requested by the Employment Counsellor
  • The quotation of fees will be sent by Fleming's Second Career office directly to the Employment Counsellor. Approval of funding is required prior to commencing with the training plan. If you proceed with the training plan without MAESD approval you are responsible for the fees applied to your account
  • If the funding is approved by the MAESD, please contact the Second Career office x 1503 to advise. You will be required to bring the full contract to the admissions office


Considering college as a Mature Student but not sure where to start?
Don't worry, we have you covered.

  • Have you been out of school for a while?
  • Looking for a fresh start or hoping to make a career change?
  • Interested in upgrading your skills or education for enhanced employment opportunities?
  • Questions about programs and requirements?
  • Need help navigating your Ontario College's application?

Let our Return to Learn Consultant help you achieve your goals.
Meet with us in person, or connect with us by email or phone to discuss your future at Fleming.

CONNECT WITH US TODAY or visit our RETURN TO LEARN page for more details

Return to Learn Consultant
705-749-5530 x1363

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