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Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Get credit for work experience.

PLAR is a mechanism to offer credits for significant and relevant learning acquired through study, work, volunteering and other life experiences that are not recognized through formal transfer credit mechanisms.

More PLAR Information:


What is PLAR?

PLAR is a process that uses a variety of tools to help learners reflect on, identify, articulate, and demonstrate past learning, and compare this learning to college credit courses. Prior learning can be acquired through study, work, volunteering and other life experiences that are not recognized through formal transfer credit mechanisms.

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What PLAR is Not:

  • A Transfer Credit - for more information regarding Transfer Credits from another college or university, visit our Transfer Credit page for details.
  • Credit for experience only (the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through that experience must be demonstrated).
  • A way to get a credit without having to take a course (e.g. no experience or learning)

How much PLAR is allowed?

Candidates are permitted to obtain a maximum of 75% of credits in a program through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition and/or Transfer Credits. That means that 25% of a program must be completed under the direct supervision of Confederation College faculty.

Who decides whether a course is available for PLAR?

The Program Coordinator, working in conjunction with faculty and the Academic Dean, makes decisions regarding course availability. Ministry guidelines encourage colleges to make as many courses as possible available.

How to Apply for PLAR:

Students interested in Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition at Confederation College should contact the appropriate Program Coordinator to secure a copy of the course outline.

The student should review the outline to determine whether or not to proceed with PLAR.

The fee for PLAR is approximately $145.00 and is non-refundable.

A Recognition of Prior Learning Guide is available to assist you with the process.