Classification of highest educational attainment

2 - Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalent (highest attainment)

This category includes persons who have obtained a secondary or high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate and who have not obtained any higher certificates, diplomas or degrees. Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalent includes academic or vocational high school diplomas or certificates as may be obtained by graduating from secondary school. It also includes successfully completing a high school equivalency test such as the General Educational Development (GED) test, or obtaining an Adult Basic Education (ABE) certificate where it is equivalent to the completion of secondary school. Persons who obtained qualifications from secondary level vocational training programs in the province of Quebec - such as the Diplôme d'études professionnelles/Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP/DVS) - are excluded from this category. Persons who obtained any postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree are excluded from this category. Persons who completed some education that could be counted toward a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree are excluded from this category.

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