Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Earn academic credits for life and work experience learning

What is PLAR?

PLAR is a process used to determine if credit can be awarded for learning that took place outside of the formal, post-secondary system.

You may have acquired valuable training, skills and knowledge through learning experiences such as industry-based training, professional development workshops and seminars, private study and paid and/or volunteer work.

PLAR gives you the opportunity to have such learning assessed and recognized in the form of academic credit toward the program requirements of a TRU Open Learning credential. It can help you save time and money when completing your certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree.

PLAR Advisor Nicole Borhaven explains the PLAR process in this video:

Visit this page again for upcoming "One Minute with PLAR" videos. Meanwhile, please contact us with any questions you might have about the PLAR process.

Are you a PLAR candidate?

To determine whether you are a candidate for PLAR, ask yourself:

  • Do I have at least three and preferably five 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?
  • Am I fluent in a second language?
  • Have I completed training or certification listed in the 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, we invite you to explore our PLAR process further.