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Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

  • awards credit for what you know, not for what you have done
  • is not transfer credit from formal courses you have taken
  • evaluates your university-level learning obtained from
    • experience
    • non-formal education and training
    • self-directed study and/or
    • other sources for which university credit may be awarded
  • may award credit for learning related to the BPA major you want to take
  • criteria and processes vary depending on the BPA major you are interested in taking (refer to the relevant BPA major section below)
  • has you describe and demonstrate your learning through a portfolio

To review how the PLAR process works and the types of documentation needed, please go to How PLAR Works and PLAR Documents.

How does PLAR work for the Communication Studies major?

In the Communication Studies major, PLAR can be used to


How does PLAR work for the Criminal Justice major?

Entrance to the BPA-CJ is limited to those individuals who

  • possess an Athabasca University approved college credential for the criminal justice major or

Once entry has been achieved, CJ students may wish to apply for PLAR credits. A maximum of 30 PLAR credits are available. Please refer to Portfolio Assessment Criteria: B Prof Arts Criminal Justice.

How does PLAR work for the Governance, Law and Management major?


  • earn additional credits toward degree completion

How does PLAR work for the Human Services major?

In the Human Services program PLAR can be used to


Updated January 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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