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:
- our content specialists determine competency levels and award recognition and credit
- credit will be awarded in the context of the currency and relevance of the documented learning
- assessment methods shall be reasonable and fit both the learner and the learning to be measured. The methods used are valid in the context in which they are applied and are implemented in a fair and consistent way
- evaluation policies should be documented, clearly articulated and available to the public
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:
- attitudes such as self-reliance, collaboration, concern for quality
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.