Adult Education

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

What is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?

PLAR provides students with a process to receive academic credit for the knowledge, skills, and attributes (KSA’s) they have acquired but which have not been recognized from transfer credits. It is a formal process that assesses knowledge gained outside of post-secondary. It can include courses which did not provide transferable credit.  

Adults learn from life experiences, workplace training, recreational activities, volunteerism, self-study and from the people in our lives. PLAR provides students with a method of demonstrating these types of experiential knowledge.

Read UFV's PLAR policy.

Benefits of PLAR

  • May reduce the time needed to complete a program
  • May reduce the cost of completing a program
  • Develops an understanding of the acquired knowledge and identifies knowledge gaps. It also provides a clear strategy for future learning objectives
  • Decreases learning duplication
  • Promotes confidence from the recognition of prior accomplishments

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

1. Program based PLAR

Earn credit for what you 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.

If you are in the Adult Education program and you wish to receive PLAR credits, you must register for ADED 305 (Portfolio Development for Prior Learning Assessment Recognition). Upon completing ADED 305, you may submit your portfolio by one of two submission dates — April or May. The April submission date is reserved for assessment of portfolios from program students who require PLAR credits in order to graduate that spring.

ADED 305 course was created to assist students to create a coherent e-portfolio which reflects life and work experiential learning for assessment for academic credit.

2. Course challenge based PLAR

Individual courses can be challenged when a student can provide evidence of their knowledge directly related to the learning outcomes of a specific course. Contact the instructor to determine how the knowledge will be evaluated. The evaluation may be an examination, assignments or portfolio. Grades can be Credit/Non-credits (CR/NCR) or letter grade.

3. Transfer Credits

Get credit for prior education. If you completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution, you may transfer up to 90 credits to your UFV Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education. Transfer credits are assessed from official transcripts.

Transfer credit

Get credit for prior education. If you completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution, you may transfer up to 90 credits to your UFV Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education.

Agreements for transfer credit

The BA AE program has many agreements recognizing credits from other post-secondary institutions. Since agreements are reviewed over a period of time and can change, students should check with the Program Advisor for more information.

These agreements work both ways. You have the flexibility to tailor your BA AE degree with another designation from a different program or institution. For example, Douglas College’s Employment Support Specialty (ESS) certificate will earn you 15 credits toward the BA AE degree.

Have you completed programs such as Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s FCP or Red River College’s CAE or VCC’s PID? The BA AE program recognizes these and other programs for credit. A number of credits and course equivalencies is dependent on when the program was completed and based on transcripts.

Before you register for courses in another UFV program or at another institution, contact the BA AE Program Advisor. In order to take courses at another institution, students are required to complete a Letter of Permission (LOP) to ensure the courses taken elsewhere will transfer into the BA AE program plan. Also, the LOP ensures you will be accepted by the other institution.

Letter of Permissions protect students:

  1. By ensuring the program and courses you take outside of UFV will transfer into the program.
  2. By communicating to UFV and the visiting institution your intentions.
  3. By eliminating the risk of taking courses that will increase the time and cost to earn your BA AE degree.

Since participating in the Adult Education program, I have incorporated many of the skills and concepts into my everyday work. I feel strongly that my involvement in the Adult Education program has enhanced my work, and has given me the critical thinking skills needed to develop new programming and further my career.

  • – Garrison Duke
  •    Director of Employment at Abbotsford Community Services

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