Adult Continuing Education

Our adult continuing education programmes are designed for the adult learner who wants to complete his or her primary or secondary education, and in some instances, acquire other technical skills.

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High School Diploma Equivalency

The High School Diploma Equivalency is a three-tiered programme consisting of the following levels: Basic (Grades 1 to 6), Intermediate (Grades 7 to 9) and Proficiency (Grades 10-11).

Adult learners are supported to:

  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills and perform at CXC level
  • Strengthen their overall employability and core competencies
  • Access employment and transition to other HEART programmes

Participants in the programme must first sit the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), which is a diagnostic assessment.

The duration of the training depends on the trainee’s level and rate of progress, and may last anywhere between 6 months and 3 years.

At the end of the training, participants receive an HSDE certificate which demonstrates successful completion of the programme.

High School Diploma Equivalency – TECH

The HSDE Technical Programme allows trainees to develop their literacy and numeracy skills while also gaining technical vocational skills.

Participants in the programme are supported to:

  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills and perform at CXC level
  • Develop technical skills in a vocational area of their choosing
  • Strengthen their overall employability and core competencies
  • Access employment and transition to other HEART programmes

Participants in the programme must first sit the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE), which is a diagnostic assessment.

The duration of the training depends on the trainee’s level and rate of progress, and may last anywhere between 6 months and 2 years.

At the end of the training, participants receive an HSDE certificate as well as a National Vocation Qualification Jamaica (NVQ-J) certificate which demonstrate successful completion of the programme.

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