PLAR – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition – APC029

Reviewed/Revised: September 2020


PLAR is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby students from grades 9 to 12 may obtain credits for Grades 10 to 12 courses based on prior learning. Prior learning includes knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in the provincial curriculum documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma. The PLAR process involves two components: equivalency and challenge. This policy establishes the board’s operational framework for implementing the PLAR process and fulfils the board requirement under Policy Program Memorandum (PPM 129).


  • PLAR is not an instructional process. No teacher assistance is provided. It is an assessment process only. It is meant to assess and evaluate prior learning. Successful students may receive credit for provincial course expectations that they already know and can demonstrate.
  • All students who are in grade 11 or 12 and challenge a course, will have their passing or failing grade disclosed on their transcript (OST).
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