PLAR Application Process

You will be required to complete three PLAR applications forms, attach appropriate supporting documents, and pay the required assessment fee.

You will be required to demonstrate your learning through one or more of the following challenge methods:

  • Demonstration of skill(s)
  • Competency testing(s)
  • Submission of assignment(s)
  • Challenge exam
  • Submit a portfolio*
  • A structured interview with a designated subject expert.

Method will be determined by the subject expert. Remember, credit is not awarded for experience but only for verifiable learning.

*What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of documents that details your past learning. Your portfolio must clearly identify your knowledge as it applies to the learning outcomes of the course(s) in which you are interested in challenging. A portfolio usually includes the following types of information:

  • Resume
  • Autobiographical letter
  • Description of your career plan
  • Translation of documented experience into learning outcomes
  • Documentation / verification of skills
  • Job Descriptions
  • Letters of Reference

Are all PLAR challenges successful?

The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate and match your prior learning against the outcomes of specific college courses. If there is not a match then credit cannot be awarded.

Although all learning is valuable, you may not be able to receive college credit.