What is PLAR?
Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to receive credit for what you already know and can do. Qualified specialists at UFV assess the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired against learning outcomes of UFV courses or programs. in Course PLAR, credit appears on your transcript for a specific course (e.g. ENGL 105 3 credits). In Program PLAR, credit appears on your transcript that is discipline specific but not course specific (e.g. ADED 1XX 16 credits).
Skills and knowledge learned through experience is called experiential learning and UFV recognizes that adults bring valuable experiential learning to their program of choice at UFV. Experiential learning is in contrast to the type of learning that is done by taking courses at an educational institution which we call formal learning .
You may be eligible to receive transfer credit if you have completed courses at a recognized university or college in or outside of Canada. Transfer credit is an evaluation of the school and the courses you have taken, not an assessment of your individual learning.
Please complete transfer credit assessment before pursuing PLAR.
For a better understanding of learning vs experience click here.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The following criteria is a guideline only, and is not meant to be exhaustive. Contact your academic advisor or a faculty member to discuss your personal suitability.
Your employment history:
- You have at least five years of experience in one job or a number of closely related jobs.
- You have learned and continually upgraded your skills within your field of employment.
- You have a career plan and understand the place of educational goals within my career plan.
- You have entrepreneurial experience.
Your educational history:
- The knowledge and skills that you possess are a result of informal education such as classes taken at a night school or through your employer or non-formal such as hobbies or independent study.
- You have taken post-secondary education that could not be given direct transfer credit.
- You have foreign credentials that have not been recognized in Canada which were completed with the past 5 years
- You have a credential that could not be given direct transfer credit, the credential is more than five years old but after completing the credential you continued to have learning experiences (employment, volunteerism, continuing professional development activities) in or outside of Canada reflecting your field of study.
Your personal history:
- You have volunteered your skills in the community.
- You are willing to take time to document your learning and explore ways to have it evaluated.
- You can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge.
After reading a course outline you have thought one or more of the following things:
- I’ve done this type of work before.
- I’m doing this type of work now.
- I feel comfortable that I already know how to do what is required in the course, but I’m not sure what evidence I can provide to prove it.
How can PLAR benefit me?
- Clearer program planning (once you identify potential recognition of learning paths) by being able to focus on required and elective courses which do not reflect your prior learning
- Complete a UFV credential more quickly.
- Save money
- Gain and apply knowledge of yourself to create educational, personal and professional plans that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time specific
- Gain confidence and self-advocacy skills which will help you in your remaining studies at UFV
How do I get Started?
Where do I go for help?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all PLAR related inquiries or fill out a form to contact us online.
University of the Fraser Valley
Phone: 604 851 6342
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