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How do I know if I’m eligible for PLAR?

You must be 19 years of age or older or have an OSSD or its equivalent. If English is your second language, you will have to meet language requirements at the level required for admission to the College. This may require a language competency test. Other eligibility requirements will depend on the course(s) for which you are seeking PLAR.

In addition, you must also ensure that you HAVE NOT:

· Registered in or audited the course you want to PLAR in the previous ten (10) months

· Failed the course in the previous two (2) academic years

· Previously attempted to PLAR the course

· Misrepresented your performance in a college course for the purpose of obtaining marks or recognition

How do I demonstrate my prior learning?

Prior learning can be demonstrated through a challenge or portfolio process. The process is determined through consultation with St. Lawrence College’s PLAR Advisor, and the appropriate Program Coordinator, Dean, and/or faculty. Using course-based learning outcomes, you can compare them to your learning achievements through a formal process.

What is the challenge process?

The challenge process is designed to measure your prior learning experience against the specific learning outcomes of an individual course. This can be achieved by utilizing a variety of methods such as:

· Tests, both written and oral

· Performance activities observed and evaluated by the assessor including presentations, demonstrations, etc.

· Product development specifically assigned by the assessor including case studies, reports, etc.

Challenging a course may be the only option to measure your prior learning in situations where a portfolio would not be appropriate or even possible. For instance, challenging activities may be required for courses that are predominantly theory-based, such as Nursing Theory, Introductory Sociology, and so on. Also, challenge activities may be the only option to assess your prior learning in those situations where you do not have enough supportive documentation to complete a portfolio.

What is the portfolio process?

The portfolio process has been developed to assist you in the assembly of a learning portfolio that is used as part of the assessment and recognition of your “non-classroom” learning experiences.

A learning portfolio is an organized collection of materials developed by you that records prior learning achievements and relates them to the learning outcomes of college courses. It describes relevant experience, identifies and analyzes learning achievements, and provides validation or proof through a

collection of documents. What you include in your portfolio depends on the particular requirements of the subject area as outlined by the faculty involved.

What assistance is available during the PLAR process?

The first step when seeking assistance with a PLAR application is to contact the PLAR Advisor. He/she will be the main resource that can assist you during the application process and offer guidance. The PLAR Advisor can be reached by email at or by phone at ext. 1837.

Is there a fee for PLAR?

You will be charged a fee for each PLAR course assessment. The fee is subject to change, as directed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. Please contact the PLAR Advisor to confirm the current fee.

Once I pay the fees, am I guaranteed to obtaining a credit through PLAR?

There are no guarantees that you will obtain credit through PLAR, just as there are no guarantees that you will obtain credit through taking a college course. However, the PLAR Advisor and appropriate Program Coordinator will assist you in pre-determining your chances of success. It is important that you weigh the benefits against the risks.

Please note that PLAR fees are not reimbursed in the event of an unsuccessful challenge.

How many course credits can I obtain through PLAR?

It is possible to achieve a maximum of 75% of a College program through the PLAR process. The number of credits you earn depends upon the nature and the extent of your learning and the type of program. Therefore, a minimum of 25% of the total program courses must be achieved under the direct supervision of St. Lawrence College faculty. Please be aware that some programs have other residency restrictions related to licensing and credentials.

What options do I have if I don’t agree with the result of the PLAR assessment?

Candidates may appeal the assessment result. In order to do so, you must contact the PLAR Advisor within 10 working days of the notification of the results.

Will PLAR affect your full-time status and eligibility for residency, OSAP and scholarships?

It can. If you do enough Recognition of Prior Learning (Transfer Credit and PLAR) that it causes your status to drop from full-time to part-time, then your eligibility for residency, OSAP, scholarships and bursaries could be impacted. Contact financial aid or your funding organization(s) to determine their specific requirements.