Letters of Attestation

Letters of Attestation verify your learning and speak clearly about your skills, knowledge and abilities in terms of course or program learning outcomes.  They are not Letters of Reference. Give the writers of your letters of attestation the following details, so they know what information to give the assessors to help you verify your claims. The writer of a letter of attestation must:

  • Know you and mention you buy your full name in the letter
  • State his or her relationship to you (e.g., employer; supervisor)
  • Write the letter on the official letterhead stationary of his or her company or organization
  • Have first-hand knowledge of the particular activity or knowledge that they are writing about
  • Explain the context of the experience – the who, what where, when (and for how long), and why of the activity
  • Focus the letter on the duties, responsibilities, and tasks included in the activity
  • Describe and explain PLAR Candidate's learning
  • Be able to give their assessment of your learning using qualifiers such as average, above average, or exceptional
  • Use examples whenever possible to illustrate the standards they have used to evaluate you and your performance, such as “performed at the same level as my other employees who...


Letter of Attestation Request A

Letter of Attestation Request B

Sample Letter of Attestation


Creating a portfolio helped me to better understand myself, my frame of reference as well as further my career.

  • – Dorothy
  •    Child and Youth Care
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I have used parts of my portfolio to demonstrate competencies for job interviews and to explain the benefits of portfolio development to members of my team and organization.

  • – Peter
  •    Adult Education (ADED)
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