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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that gives adult learners the opportunity to gain credit for formal, non-formal, and/or informal learning. Learners follow a process that allows them to identify, describe and demonstrate past learning that was obtained through a collection of study, life and work experiences.

The learner then determines how this prior learning aligns with the learning outcomes and essential employability skills in Centennial College courses.

Examples of Learning


  • college courses
  • university courses


  • non-college courses and training programs
  • seminars
  • workshops


  • independent study
  • personal projects and reading
  • community and family activities
  • paid or voluntary work
  • travel
  • military service
  • hobbies
  • professional associations

Benefits for the Learner

  • Can reduce the amount of in-class time
  • Minimizes repetition of learning
  • Increases employment opportunities
  • May decrease the cost of education