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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) assists individuals gain recognition of skills they have gained through various methods. In some cases skills training and development, which has not led to a degree, certificate or diploma, can be recognized through PLAR.

The Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning supports in principle the Halifax Declaration (2002) on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition  and encourages the building of interconnected learning communities through the formal recognition of prior learning.

In recognizing the value of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) which includes qualifications recognition (QR), we believe that:
  • the recognition of prior learning is fundamental to a lifelong learning culture;
  • all learning should be recognized or considered for recognition by educational, professional and work organizations;
  • standards and criteria for practice are essential in order to maintain high quality services and programs; and
  • the success of PLAR is dependent on partnerships that include but are not limited to post-secondary institutions, business, labour, all levels of government, professional and/or occupational associations.

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