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Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition

What is Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)?

Prior learning assessment and recognition

  • awards credit for what you know, not for what you have done
  • is not transfer credit from formal courses you have taken
  • evaluates your university-level learning obtained from
    • experience
    • non-formal education and training
    • self-directed study and/or
    • other sources for which university credit may be awarded
  • may award credit for learning related to the BPA major you want to take
  • criteria and processes vary depending on the BPA major you are interested in taking (refer to the relevant BPA major section below)
  • has you describe and demonstrate your learning through a portfolio

To review how the PLAR process works and the types of documentation needed, please go to How PLAR Works  and PLAR Documents.

How does PLAR work for the Criminal Justice major?

Entrance to the BPA-CJ may be achieved by:

  • successful transfer of an approved college credential for the criminal justice major, or
  • successful engagement in the PLAR process, resulting in an award of up to the maximum of 60 credits.

If entry is achieved via credit transfer, CJ students may engage in the PLAR post-admission process for which a maximum of 30 PLAR credits is available. Please contact the Centre for Learning Accreditation for further information.

Updated February 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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