Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that allows a student to receive credit for informal learning. Informal learning refers to learning that has been acquired through life experiences (independent study, on the job training). Informal learning does not include courses obtained at another institution that are subject to the regular guidelines concerning exemptions and transfer of credit. The informal learning that the applicant is seeking to have recognized must be equivalent to the course material that is part of the learning objectives of a course or program that is taught at College of the North Atlantic.
|Note: The PLAR assessment and evaluation will be completed within three weeks of the semester start date.|
Assessing Prior Learning
All courses challenged using PLAR will require the submission of a Application form and a portfolio which includes, but is not limited to:
Students will also be required to complete an exam and/or assignments for the course(s) if they wish to obtain credit for prior learning. Credits awarded for PLAR will be recorded on the student transcript as an exemption or as a mark. If your PLAR assessment is unsuccessful, you must complete the course to receive credit.
Requirements to Access PLAR
Deadline for PLAR Submission
PLAR applications for Office Administration, Business Administration and Web Development must be submitted to the Admissions office at the Office of Distributed Learning. PLAR applications for the Information Management (Post Diploma) program must be submitted to the Admissions office at Grand Falls-Windsor campus. Applications must be submitted three weeks prior to the official class start date for the semester. This is a firm deadline. PLAR applications for courses received after this date will not be accepted until the next course offering.
|Note: For information pertaining to PLAR procedures:|
| • Rehabilitation Assistant (OTA/PTA) program students refer to http://dls.cna.nl.ca/rehab/
• Early Childhood Education program students refer to http://dls.cna.nl.ca/ece/.
For more information contact the Admissions office at a campus nearest you.