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GED replaced with Canadian Adult Education Credential

By Regis Phillips Apr 24, 2024 | 6:14 AM

The New Brunswick government has announced the province will transition to the newly released Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) from the General Education Development (GED) testing program.

The CAEC, much like the GED, is for adults who do not have a high school diploma. It was developed to meet the needs of adult learners in Canada and reflects diverse cultures and perspectives.

Last year, the U.S.-based company that owns GED decided to cancel its Canadian version as of May 3.

Officials say the transition process will result in a short no-testing period available, however, impacts on participants will be minimal. Testing for the new credential is expected to begin before the end of May.

“Adult learning programs are essential for New Brunswickers in need of an education credential to access educational or employment opportunities,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Greg Turner.

“Learners cannot earn these credentials without a recognized test, and we appreciate the efforts of WorkingNB staff to ensure there was a viable option to replace the outgoing GED.”

The CAEC is eligible for residents over the age of 19. once accepted they have to pass five tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. The tests also provide opportunities for candidates to demonstrate skills in communication, information processing, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Graduating from the CAEC will lead to post-secondary education programs, apprenticeships, and employment.

Adult learning programs are funded through WorkingNB and are provided to New Brunswickers at no cost. Anyone interested in these programs is encouraged to contact their local WorkingNB office.