Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) can save you time and free you of repetitive training. Consider using PLAR, when your program contains a course that you have the prior experience or education.
PLAR is the process of identifying, assessing and recognizing skills and knowledge acquired through work experience, non-formal training, independent study, volunteer activities and hobbies.
The PLAR process compares your previous learning to SIAST course learning outcomes. You challenge the course by demonstrating your skills and knowledge through evidence or tests. Your demonstration of skill and knowledge is evaluated by a SIAST course content expert.
Evidence may include:
Test methods may include:
If you have already taken courses from another institution approved by the Canadian
Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC), you may be eligible for
To find a PLAR-ready course:
- Visit the PLAR Inventory Database and select your program of study from the first drop-down list of programs and submit.
Information for courses often completed using PLAR:
- Search the course name and code using the keyword search option to determine the PLAR availability for your program.
- Start your PLAR process and your PLAR application (pdf)
For information and questions about PLAR, call 1-866-goSIAST (467-4278) or contact the nearest Counselling Services office.
Quality Assurance in PLAR
SIAST, in partnership with The Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning, Ryerson University, and the University of New Brunswick, examined quality assurance in PLAR.
To inform, train and promote PLAR in post-secondary institutions, the research project partnership produced: