Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Earn Academic Credits for Learning from Life and Work Experience

Many learners have acquired valuable training, skills and knowledge gained through learning experiences such as industry-based training, professional development workshops and seminars, private study and paid and/or volunteer work experience. PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) provides students with the opportunity to have such learning assessed and recognized in the form of academic credit toward the requirements of a Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) program.

Questions to ask yourself to determine your PLAR suitability:

  • Do I possess 3-5, preferably 5, years of experience in my field with increasing responsibility?
  • Have I gained a broad range of learning, skills and knowledge through work, professional development, volunteer, and/or other life experiences?
  • Do I possess a second language?
  • Have I completed training or certification listed in the TRU-OL Credit Bank?
  • Do I have training or certifications from private institutions or professional associations for which transfer credit was not granted?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may wish to explore our PLAR process further.