There are three methods to recognize your prior learning to meet a portion of the requirements of the degree program.
1. Transfer Credits
We work to facilitate the “laddering” of previously earned credentials. Students who have completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution can transfer up to 90 credits. So, for example, if you already have an Associate degree, a diploma in Social Services, a nursing designation, some college and university courses, or other academic credentials, you will likely be granted credit toward the degree.
Transfer credits are assessed on the basis of official transcripts, which you should submit to the UFV Office of Registrar. For information about many other credentials that receive transfer credit, it’s best to consult the program advisor.
Examples of other programs recognized for transfer credit
- Provincial Instructor’s diploma at VCC up to 15 credits
- Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at UVIC up to 24 credits
- Native Adult Instructor diploma up to 15 credits
- Teaching ESL certificate at VCC or TWU up to 31 credits
- Diploma in Adult Education at UBC up to 30 credits
- Diploma in Adult Education at VCC up to 15 credits
- Trades qualifications determined by the length of the apprenticeship
2. Prior Learning Assessment
We respect the learning students bring to our institution and we will assist adult learners to earn credit for what they already know and can do. Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to receive credit for what you already know and can do. We use a course ADED 305 to teach you the skills and to assist you to build a learning portfolio for assessment.
- You have learned a skill through work or volunteer experience or knowledge gained informally out of an educational institution
- PLAR can help you to have your skills and knowledge assessed through a portfolio method
- You can up to 45 credits through PLAR.
3. Challenge Courses
You may have prior learning or work experience that they feel meets the learning outcomes of a UFV courses you ask for a challenge of that course.
A challenge can come in many different forms. Generally, a Course challenge will be set up as a number of different assessments or tests, to determine if the student has the knowledge required to meet the learning objectives of the course.