PLAR Principles

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition) enables students to concentrate on new learning while maintaining the standards of education and training. Here are some principles to guide our practice:

PLAR looks at learning, not just experience

What's the difference?

Learning takes place through different kinds of experiences such as working, training, reading, traveling, community involvement and family responsibilities, but learning does not come automatically with experience and may differ from person to person.

Learning can involve the acquisition of:

In PLAR, it's the learning that counts. Not only that, what's important is whether the knowledge or skills people have learned up to the present time are relevant to a particular educational credential, specific workplace training requirements, or a trade or occupational standard.