Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted.

Challenge processes

Many course and module requirements are eligible for challenge. The challenge process measures demonstrated learning against the knowledge and skills required by course outcomes through a variety of evaluation methods. If successful, credit will be awarded without requiring enrolment in a course or module. Requests for challenges should be made at the time of admission to a program so that the challenge process can be scheduled within a reasonable period of time.

A challenge fee is payable in advance and is not refundable.

Portfolio-assisted assessment of prior learning

Individuals with substantial non-credentialed learning gained through work or other experiences, or those who wish to begin a career-planning process and prepare for entry into a College program, may enrol in a PLAR portfolio development course. The resulting portfolios can be submitted to program faculty for assessment against the requirements and learning outcomes of required courses or modules. A tuition fee is charged, as are assessment fees for each course evaluation.

Learning contracts

Successful completion of a credit through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) may require further work on the part of a learner. In these cases, a learning contract may be drawn up at the discretion of the relevant faculty member. An additional fee may be charged.

NOTE: Transfer of credit and prior learning assessment and recognition are available to applicants to a maximum of 75 percent of certificate or diploma requirements. Some programs have identified block credit for certain combinations of transfer credits and/or experience.

If you have any further questions, contact PLAR Advising at or 613-969-1913, ext. 2100 and we’ll be pleased to help you through the process.