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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Introduction to PLAR: Watch the video here!


Top Ten Reasons for Doing PLAR

  1. Validate your past experiential learning in a meaningful way.
  2. Develop/practice organizational skills.
  3. Develop/practice the ability to meaningfully reflect on past learning.
  4. Improve your writing skills.
  5. Receive detailed feedback on your learning.
  6. Learn to think critically about your own learning.
  7. Achieve as many as 30 credits (the equivalent of 10 courses) at one sweep.
  8. Compile a comprehensive document that reflects your past accomplishments.
  9. Save a LOT of money!
  10. Grow your sense of self-esteem and professional competence through the PLAR process.

Student & Academic Services - Last Updated April 29, 2013

News and Events


CLA announces revisions to our e-Portfolio platform

June 17, 2013

CLA announces revisions to our e-Portfolio platform, effective immediately! Following a successful pilot period.

2013 PLAR Scholarship Winners

May 22, 2013

CLA is pleased to announce that two PLAR completers were awarded $1000 scholarships this year.

CLA invited to present on PLAR to a Danish study tour

April 24, 2013

The Centre for Learning Accreditation (CLA) at Athabasca University was honored to be invited to present on PLAR to a Danish study tour on April 11 in Winnipeg.

AU PLAR invited to (BC)PLAN 2013 Summit

March 28, 2013

Dr. Dianne Conrad, CLA Director, represented AU at a recent gathering in Vancouver, jointly hosted by Dr. Christine Wihak (Thompson Rivers University) and Ms. Wendy Watson, President of the (BC)Plan board.

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