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A. Transfer credit is different from PLAR. Transferring your previously-earned credit from another accredited institution is done through the Evaluations unit of the Registrar's Office. You must complete the transfer credit process before you can begin PLAR. Click here for Transfer Credit information.
If you have completed work at an accredited post secondary institution, have your official transcripts sent directly to the AU Registrar's Office for evaluation for possible transfer credit. PLAR is a separate process from the transfer credit process.
Assessment of prior learning is a two-step process in your case. The first step involves the Registrar's Office evaluating transfer credit. The second step is portfolio assessment. If you do not receive transfer credit for some courses, you may include the learning from those courses in your portfolio.
You most likely require specific course credits at a senior level and the results of a portfolio assessment would not likely provide you with the credits you require. A program advisor can help you with this decision.
Have an official copy of your transcript forwarded from your college to the Registrar's Office at Athabasca University. AU's Admissions Unit will determine your admissibility and indicate the amount of transfer credit that you will receive.You may also qualify to earn additional credits through prior learning assessment once you are enrolled in your program.
The informal learning that you bring forward in your PLAR portfolio must relate to your program of study. Additionally, you must not have already received credit for similar learning in courses taken at AU or transferred in to AU from other institutions. CLA staff can help you make this determination.
The maximum number of PLAR credits available to you depends on your program. (If a program is not listed, PLAR credits are not available.)
Generally, PLAR credits are not available for students in graduate programs. If you have further questions about a graduate program, please contact the program office directly.
If you are considering going on to graduate study elsewhere, it is important to contact that institution to determine their stance on the PLAR credits contained within your undergraduate degree. PLAR credits may not be accepted by some institutions, or they may be accepted with some conditions. When you enquire, be sure to receive their response in writing. Institutions will deal with PLAR credits in many different ways and will also change their policies from time to time.
It will probably take you between six and twleve months to prepare a PLAR portfolio, depending on how much time and effort you can devote to it.
Once received by AU, assessment of your portfolio will take between three and four months.
The Centre for Learning Accreditation does not receive or review transcripts for possible transfer credit. Transcripts are sent to the Transfer Credit Services Unit in the Registrar's Office.
No. Just mention them in your text and use them to demonstrate you have specific knowledge toward a learning goal. If there are short samples that are characteristic of your writing, you could include them as exhibits in the appendices of your portfolio.
Include them if they point out learning relevant to your program. Collect the Letters of Attestation, certificates, awards and so forth that you have received. Then enter the appropriate examples in the appendices of the portfolio as support of a particular learning goal.
Please refer to the Portfolio Checklist for a full listing of portfolio requirements.
The CLA arranges for three assessors to review your portfolios independently. Read more about the assessment process.
The Centre for Learning Accreditation is your first stop. Our coach/mentor will work with you to prepare your PLAR portfolio. In preparation, consult our written guidelines and visit the virtual portfolios on this site.
A resume captures what you have done in your career. A portfolio should demonstrate what you have learned from your life/career experiences. That learning will be directed to your program at AU.
See testimonials from students who have participated in PLAR.
Updated February 27 2015 by Student & Academic Services