Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process offers you the opportunity to have your learning and work experience assessed and appropriate credit granted.
At UFV, there are several methods of documenting and demonstrating that your prior learning is equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through formal study in the public post-secondary system. Credits obtained through prior learning do not meet UFV program residency requirements.
Common PLAR methods are course challenge and portfolio. Please contact Susan
Brown, PLAR Coordinator, at 604-851-6342 for more information about these two
1) Course challenge
A course challenge is a method of obtaining credits through a specifically arranged process, by which you demonstrate mastery of the objectives of a course without actually taking the course. UFV uses a wide range of challenge methods. The choice of method will depend on the course you challenge. For example, you may be asked to demonstrate your mastery by written exam, written assignment(s), project, oral interview, samples of your work, or other means. Not all UFV courses can be challenged. Regulations related to course challenge are outlined in the Registration section of this calendar. The fee for a course challenge is 75% of the regular tuition fee.
2) Portfolio assessment
An academic portfolio can be used to challenge multiple courses or a program.
In an academic portfolio you identify, articulate, and document your learning
using a paper-based or electronic portfolio format. Portfolio sections can
include a short autobiography, a paper outlining your educational and career
goals, statements that describe your prior learning, and documentation that
serves as evidence of your learning in the subject area in which you want to be
assessed. Your completed portfolio is submitted to the appropriate faculty
member for assessment.
To help you prepare a portfolio which is acceptable for assessment, UFV also offers a credit course (ADED 200) in which you develop your portfolio.
Susan Brown, PLAR
Coordinator in Assessment Services, can also help you develop your portfolio and
is available to answer your questions as needed.
The UFV official transcript will indicate the number of credits derived through the portfolio assessment process. Credits awarded through portfolio assessment will not necessarily be transferable to other programs or institutions.
Normally, no more than 25 percent of the credits required in a program will be awarded for learning which is demonstrated and documented in a portfolio.
This PLAR option presently is available for some, but not all, UFV courses and programs. The fee for this method is 75% of the regular tuition fees up to 12 credits. A lower rate may be used for more than 12 credits.
Contact Susan Brown, PLAR Coordinator in Assessment Services, at 604-851-6342
or email@example.com to learn more about how PLAR can work for you.