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Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

What is Prior Learning and 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.

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How does PLAR work for the Communication Studies major?

In the Communication Studies major, PLAR can be used to

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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.

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

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  • earn additional credits toward degree completion

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How does PLAR work for the Human Services major?

In the Human Services program PLAR can be used to

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Student & Academic Services - Last Updated October 11, 2012