Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

 PLAR chart

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There are three methods to recognize prior learning for a portion of the degree program requirements.

1. Transfer Credits

Students who have completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution can transfer up to 90 credits. .

2. Program-based PLAR

What is PLAR?   Program-based PLAR

We assist adult learners to earn credit for what they already know and can do. Program-based PLAR is a process that provides students the opportunity to receive potentially 54 credits for Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA's) that were not recognized in transfer credits. 

3. Course challenge - based PLAR

Course challenge process PLAR

Students can choose to demonstrate their course-specific knowledge using this method. 


Irmi Teichrob

Irmi Teichrob 2016

"When I received the equivalent of one year's worth of undergrad credits, I knew developing a program- based PLAR portfolio had been worth the effort."

Cindy Kelly

Cindy Kelly 2016

 "PLAR enabled me to use many years of experience in mentoring and instructing new staff and students as a basis for academic credit which shortened my BA program considerably."


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