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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) : Prospective Students - Program

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) evaluates learning which has occurred outside of a traditional educational setting. This learning is evaluated and may count as credit toward an undergraduate university degree, certificate, or diploma.

The PLAR process is carried out by the Centre for Learning Accreditation (CLA) and consists of a detailed portfolio development and review. The portfolio consists of several parts, including autobiographical information, a recent resume, a collection of learning statements written to address learning outcomes or criteria, and appropriate documentation to support your learning claims.

You will work with a mentor as you prepare your portfolio. Allow approximately 6 to 12 months for this process. Do not leave PLAR until the end of your program!

Credits awarded for PLAR will be applied to your undergraduate AU credential to the extent that your credential will allow. PLAR is different from transfer credit, and transcripts from other post-secondary institutions must be assessed for transfer credit before the PLAR process begins.

The maximum number of PLAR credits available to you depends on your program. (If a program is not listed, PLAR credits are not available.)

Visit the PLAR website at

Updated September 22 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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