Adult Education

The Adult Education Division of Nova Scotia's Department of Labour and Advanced Education is dedicated to improving the education and employment prospects of Nova Scotia's adults by promoting, developing and funding adult literacy, essential skills, and upgrading programs in the province. The division administers the following programs:

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) offers programs for adult Nova Scotians who want to improve their literacy skills. Programs are tuition-free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province. Since NSSAL was created, thousands of adults have graduated with their high school diploma.

The Adult Education Division administers the General Educational Development (GED) in Nova Scotia. Offered in Nova Scotia since 1968, the GED is an international high school equivalency testing program for adults. It consists of a series of five tests in the areas of social studies, science, mathematics, and language skills (reading and writing).

You can find additional information on NSSAL, the adult high school diploma program and other literacy programs through the links provided, or call the toll-free line at 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725).

Recognition of Prior Learning & Labour Mobility
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process used to identify, document, assess and recognize an individual's skills and knowledge. It is a key building block in supporting contnuous learning and ensuring people in Nova Scotia are employed at the highest level of their ability. The RPL and Labour Mobility Unit administers programs that support RPL in a variety of sectors, as well as international qualification recognition, fair registration practices by regulatory authorities and the free flow of labour across Canada.