Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


Open Learning (Online & Distance) Students

Your program plan helps us to decide on the number of PLAR credits that you can use toward your program. Each program allows different amounts of PLAR credit.

How to: Portfolio-Based Assessment Steps
  1. Complete a Knowledge Resumé to have your PLAR potential assessed.
  2. The PLAR Committee assesses your Knowledge Resumé (this is a free service). The PLAR Committee meets every 6-8 weeks.
  3. If the PLAR Committee determines suitability to proceed with PLAR, students submit the applicable PLAR fee.
  4. Portfolio development with guidance from PLAR department.
  5. PLAR Assessors review and assess portfolio.
How to: Challenge Exams Steps
  1. Contact the PLAR Advisors for Challenge Exam availability (not all courses are available for challenge). If in a program, ensure the course fits your program requirements.
  2. If the Challenge Exam is available, the PLAR Advisors will inquire about experience related to the course content and send exam information.
  3. Pay the challenge exam fee.
  4. The PLAR Department initiates exam setup.
  5. Student schedules exam date and location through the Exams department.
How to: Credit Bank Steps
  1. Review the PLAR Credit Bank for agreements related to previous education or training.
  2. Contact the PLAR Department for next steps.


TRU Campus Students

See PLAR for TRU Campus Students.


Prospective Students

We understand that many students wish to know their PLAR potential prior to applying to a program (Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Post-Bacc), it can certainly help with planning of your education. That said, please know that in most cases (with the exception of Challenge Exams) students are required to be admitted to a program and to have recieved their Program Plan from their Program Advisors prior to pursuing PLAR. You can find information regarding program application here.

For assistance with program-related questions or to discuss transfer credit, contact a Program Advisor:

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