ACE-IT allows students who are still enrolled in high school the opportunity to take the first level of trades training or technical programs.  ACE-IT programs give students dual credit for high school courses, apprenticeship or industry training programs, and post-secondary credit (applicable programs).

KPU has provided school districts with two delivery models.

The first delivery model allows high school students to arrange their school timetable to provide full-time attendance at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  Program lengths will vary from 15 to 28 weeks.  Program areas that provide this option are:

  • Carpentry Foundation
  • Masonry Foundation
  • Millwright/Industrial Mechanics Foundation
  • Parts and Warehousing Foundation
  • Practical Horticulture
  • Welding Foundation

The second delivery model has been organized for the school district to deliver the majority of the program at an identified school; students will also attend KPU for a residential program (1 - 4 weeks).  The following programs are available to high school students in the school districts listed below:

  • Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship Level 1 - Richmond, Delta, Langley and Surrey School Districts
  • Carpentry Foundation - Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Squamish and Richmond School Districts
  • Metal Fabrication Foundation - Maple Ridge School District
  • Plumbing Foundation - Surrey and Maple Ridge School Districts

When registering/registered in a KPU course, students are subject to policies and practices related to course registration and student conduct.

Completing any of the above programs will provide students with a head start on their post-secondary education. The skills learned will provide a greater opportunity for students to acquire work or start an apprenticeship.

Acquiring Additional Information

Students interested in applying to an ACE-IT should contact their school counsellor, school career development facilitator or their school district personnel.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) website provides additional information on ACE-IT and apprenticeship programs.

ACE-IT Transition Program

Students accepted into an ACE-IT program are encouraged to register for a one-day ACE-IT Transition Program which will prepare them for what to expect in University and at KPU before their studies begin.

Please visit KPU's Trades & Technology website for additional details.

Dual Credit


More information

Please contact Nicole Poole at or 604.599.2525.