Applying for PLAR

There are three stages to the PLAR application process:

  1. Download and complete the PLAR Self Assessment form
  2. Submit application payment and PLAR waiver and complete PLAR Action Plan
  3. PLAR assessment and award

As there is a fee and series of tasks associated with the PLAR application, all applicants must carry out a pre-application assessment and consult with a PLAR advisor to determine if they are eligible to proceed with their PLAR application.

The deadline to apply for PLAR is the tenth day of class.

PLAR application steps

Stage 1: PLAR Self Assessment and eligibility check
Step 1: Complete a PLAR self-assessment form
The first step in your PLAR application is to complete a PLAR self-assessment form to determine if you are eligible to apply for PLAR.

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older OR have an OSSD or equivalent
  • The course must be eligible for PLAR (check course outline)
  • At least one year must have elapsed since the last application for PLAR for the course (or this is the first application)
  • The applicant has NOT failed or withdrawn from this course in the last year

  • Step 2: Review PLAR self-assessment form with PLAR Advisor
    All PLAR applicants must review the PLAR self-assessment form with a PLAR Advisor to help determine that they meet the PLAR criteria and the best way to proceed with their PLAR application. PLAR Advisors are available through:

    The Office of the Registrar at:
  • Davis – Room B201 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • HMC – Student Services Centre (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Trafalgar – Room D100 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

  • Step 3: Meet with Program Coordinator
    If you meet the PLAR eligibility criteria, your PLAR advisor will add the Program Coordinator information to the self-assessment form and refer you to the Program Coordinator.

  • You will present the Program Coordinator with your self-assessment form.
  • The Program Coordinator reviews the form and determines eligibility with OTR, and recommends if you should pursue PLAR.
  • At least one year must have elapsed since the last application for PLAR for the course (or this is the first application)
  • Program Coordinator signs Self Assessment form, indicates the name of the Assessor. (The PLAR Assessor may be the Program Coordinator, or another faculty member. )

  • Stage 2: Submit PLAR Payment & waiver & complete tasks in PLAR Action Plan
    Step 4: Submit Fee Payment and PLAR Waiver form
    To proceed with your application you must first pay the PLAR application fee and submit the PLAR Waiver Form (available from the OTR when you make your fee payment).

    Step 5: Create an Action Plan
    Working with your PLAR Assessor (or Program Coordinator), you will create an Action Plan. The purpose of the Action Plan is to ensure both applicant and assessor are clear on and agree to the nature of the demonstrations of learning, timelines, content, and process. It should be signed off by both parties and amended, in the same way, as appropriate.

    Examples of “Tasks” may include but are not limited to: work samples, résumé, interview, portfolio, challenge exam and interview, employer letters

    Step 6: Complete Action Plan and tasks
    You can consult with your PLAR Assessor as you complete your Action Plan. Both you and your assessor will follow the timelines as indicated on the Action Plan to complete and assess the tasks.

    Stage 2: Assessment and Award
    Step 7: Documentation and Transcription
    1. Once the PLAR process is complete, the Program Coordinator and/or Assessor completes information as required on the PLAR application form.
    2. The application form (now with the PLAR results) is submitted to the Office of the Registrar, who will update your academic record.
    3. If an ‘F’ grade is awarded, the ‘F’ grade will not be placed on the your Student Record but the application will count as a PLAR attempt.
    4. You will be notified of results by the Academic Faculty.
    Step 8: Appeals
    Students may appeal decisions as per the Academic Appeals and Consideration Policy.