Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Loyalist College applicants and current students with work experience or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR). Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions or transfer credits) are granted.

Many courses are eligible to challenge through PLAR. The challenge process measures demonstrated learning against the knowledge and skills required by course outcomes through a variety of evaluation methods. If successful, credit will be awarded without requiring enrolment in a course or module. Requests for challenges should be made at the time of admission to a program so that the challenge process can be scheduled within a reasonable period of time. The PLAR process can only be attempted once per course.

To challenge a course, you will be required to complete one of the following, as designated by the course outline and the instructor:

  • Challenge exam
  • Skills demonstration
  • Interview
  • Portfolio
  • Other

Tuition fees are charged, as well as a PLAR assessment fee for each course evaluation. PLAR assessment fees are payable in advance and are not refundable. 

Student’s Guide to PLAR

Portfolio Assembly Guidelines

Applying to PLAR

If you believe you would be a good candidate for PLAR, you will need to talk to your program coordinator to confirm your PLAR eligibility.  When you are ready to apply, please fill out the application below.

PLAR Application

  • Please choose from list below
  • Example: COMM1048
  • Example: College Writing Skills
  • Please choose from the list below
  • A discussion with your program coordinator or faculty regarding your PLAR eligibility is required prior to applying for a PLAR.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

NOTE: Transfer of credit and prior learning assessment and recognition are available to applicants to a maximum of  75% of certificate or diploma requirements, and 50% for degree programs. Giving any false documentation is considered academic dishonesty and is a breach of AOP 216 Academic Integrity.

If you have any further questions, contact PLAR Advising at