We believe learning happens in many ways. You should receive credit where it's deserved.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR is a process of evaluating the knowledge and skills gained through experiential and/or non-formal learning for the purpose of obtaining credit.

How can I have acquired post-secondary level learning?

You can acquire post-secondary level learning through:

  • training
  • independent study
  • volunteer activities
  • military service
  • work experience
  • travel
  • hobbies

How many credits can I get through PLAR?

You can receive credit for up to 75% of a college program through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, depending on the nature and extent of your learning and how well your learning matches the college course requirements (learning outcomes). You must be enrolled and complete a minimum of 25% of the program credit units at Fanshawe. NOTE: Degree programs are subject to PEQAB requirements.

Do you have to be registered at Fanshawe to apply for PLAR?

No. You may have your prior learning assessed before entering a college program. However, the results of the PLAR assessment will not be recorded on your transcript until you are enrolled in a course or program.

How is PLAR assessed?

Challenge Evaluation Portfolio
  • Written exam
  • Oral exam
  • Project and/or presentation
  • Skill demonstration
  • Interview
  • Essay
  • Chronological and academic records
  • Life history paper
  • Goals paper
  • Educational plan
  • Learning outcomes or competency statements
  • Verification of learning (documentation)
  • Resumé

NOTE: Other modes of assessment may be used depending on the nature of the course.

How do I apply for PLAR?

  1. Contact a PLAR Advisor in the Office of the Registrar (E1012); Phone: 519-452-4277, or email: advising@fanshawec.ca.
  2. The PLAR application fee is $114 per course. This fee applies to both the challenge evaluation and the portfolio assessment. The fee is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to prove that you have met the learning outcomes, you do not get a refund. If you have paid for a challenge evaluation and then decide to take the course instead, you are not eligible for a refund. You should review the material before deciding to complete a challenge evaluation.