Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measureable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exam and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in a course credit recorded on an official Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students to clear academic deficiencies or to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
The PLAR policy and procedures are available online.