Who is Eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning?
The candidates for PLAR are mature learners who have significant life and work experience, are 19 years of age or have an Ontario Secondary School diploma, and wish to earn credits towards a credential.
PLAR Candidates should answer yes to these questions before they decide to pursue PLAR:
- I am self-directed, motivated and able to work independently
- I have at least one year of extensive experience in one field (gained through work, volunteer, and/or leisure activities).
- I have a broad range of experiences related to the field in which I am considering applying for PLAR.
- I am able to complete work independently within specific time frames.
- I am constantly improving myself by taking workshops and reading information related to my profession and interests.
- I have colleagues and supervisors who can attest to my learning if necessary.
- I have college-level learning that can be measured.
- PLAR is not available for registered Conestoga student looking to obtain credits for Conestoga courses that they have failed
- PLAR is not available for current students looking to upgrade marks for completed Conestoga courses
- Only ONE attempt per course is allowed through PLAR. Successful completion of a PLAR assessment results in a credit on a Conestoga transcript. A failed attempt would require the student to take the course
- PLAR is not available for Second Career Strategy. PLAR is an assessment of an individual’s learning and is not considered to be upgrading or training as defined by the Second Career Strategy. Obtaining credits through the PLAR could affect client’s eligibility for funding.
- PLAR is not used for admission into a program. Obtaining credits through the PLAR process does not guarantee the entrance into a program.