(PLAR) PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION
PLAR is a process that allows individuals to identify, document, have assessed and gain recognition for prior learning. The learning may be formal, informal, or experiential. Examples of where you can acquire learning:
How the recognition or prior experiences can benefit your educational journey:
If you have been accepted into a program at Humber, and confirmed your acceptance through ontariocolleges.ca, you can begin applying for exemption from a course(s) through the PLAR process. By participating in the PLAR process, you will be expected to showcase gained skills and knowledge by submitting either a Learning Portfolio or writing a Challenge Exam.
Based on prior learning gained through previous employment experiences, some mature students may qualify for an exemption from their second required English communications course (e.g. WRIT 200, WRIT 208, WRIT 220, etc.).
To qualify for a PLAR, students are required to show evidence of mastering the essentials of workplace writing forms by submitting a portfolio of documents produced within professional contexts. The portfolio should contain at least four of the five following items and total at least 2000 words:
To apply, students should follow the steps below.
Obtain the current course outline(s) from the Faculty responsible for delivering the course.
Review the course outline to determine if your knowledge and skills match the course learning outcomes.
Consult with the program coordinator for clarification and to help you with matching your experience and learning to the course learning outcomes.
If your program coordinator requests a portfolio submission, collect documents that support the application for PLAR. These might include a: resume, a description of experiences and learning that relate to the course being challenged, work samples, or letters of verification.
If your coordinator requests that you sit for a challenge exam, please follow the steps below and the faculty will arrange your exam once you have submitted your application and payment to the Office of the Registrar.
Submit the application form and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to email your portfolio, please contact us at the email above to discuss alternative submission.
The form and supporting documents are submitted to the course assessor who may contact students to arrange for additional demonstration of learning (personal interview, test or demonstration).
To request forms in an alternate format contact us.
PLAR Related Links
There is a growing awareness and sense of urgency at the provincial and national level that Canada must do a better job of recognizing workplace learning, assessing foreign credentials, and streamlining transferability of credits between educational institutions, please see The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment web page for more information.
Grab 15 minutes with a transfer advisor to discuss your Transfer Credit(s), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways.
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