Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

What is Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)?

Brandon University’s PLAR program allows students who have gained university-level knowledge and skills through personal endeavor or work experience to apply for academic credit. The program also allows students to apply for academic credit for learning achieved through the completion of non-accredited credentials offered, for example, by professional associations, organizations or government agencies.

PLAR credit will be recognized if equivalency of knowledge and skills can be demonstrated. A range of assessment techniques may be used, including demonstrations, challenge exams, portfolio-assisted assessments, as well as an evaluation of a non-accredited credential.

PLAR credit has been recognized in the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Health Studies and the School of Music.

BU Departments Participating in PLAR

  • Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Native Studies
  • Nursing & Psychiatric Nursing
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

What is the PLAR process at Brandon University?

1. Consultation with the BU PLAR Coordinator

  • Review the BU PLAR Policy and Process
  • Determine the range of courses or programs to be challenged through PLAR and method(s) of assessment in consultation with BU departments
  • Complete the PLAR Application Form and pay the PLAR Assessment Fee

2. Prior Learning Assessment Methods

Portfolio Exam, Demonstration, Interview Certificate or Diploma
  • Review course outline(s) and objective(s)
  • Complete Statements for Prior Learning and compile supporting evidence, documentation, and letters of support
  • Organize and submit the PLAR Portfolio for assessment
  • Review course outline(s) and objective(s)
  • Conduct demonstrations, exams, and interviews as scheduled with BU faculty member(s)
  • Compile curriculum for completed certificate diploma, or course(s) in consultation with the PLAR coordinator
  • Submit curriculum to a BU department(s) for assessment

3. Results of PLAR Assessment(s)

  • PLAR Applicant is notified of assessment results

General Advice for Students/PLAR Applicants

  • Individuals must be admitted to BU to be eligible for PLAR
  • PLAR may not be available in all degree programs at Brandon University
  • BU PLAR credits may not be transferable to other academic institutions

PLAR Guidelines and Policy