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Recognition of Learning Acquired Outside the Classroom

At St. Lawrence College, we believe that significant learning can and does occur outside the classroom and that academic credits should be awarded for an individual’s learning without regard to where and how it was attained. The College recognizes that adults may acquire college-level learning through employment, volunteer activities, self-directed study, travel or other life experiences.

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process at St. Lawrence College is designed to assist adult learners in identify­ing, describing and demonstrating past learning that may be eligible for advanced standing or course credits towards the certificate or diploma of their choice. It is important to note that PLAR credits are awarded for appropriate learning that can be demonstrated, not just from the various experiences themselves. As well, in order to be eligible for credit, the learning achieved must be appropriate to the courses offered in the program of choice at St. Lawrence College.

Any adult (19 years of age or older) or any second­ary school graduate who believes she/he has prior learning that can be demonstrated and that is related to the St. Lawrence College program of study of their choice may apply for PLAR.

Fees: Approximately $124.35 for each course application request­ing PLAR credit; generally higher for work place­ment/clinical experience.

PLAR Application Form - click here.

PLAR Contacts (Advisors):

To find out how you can begin the PLAR process and open the door to advanced standing in a col­lege program, please contact:

Sigrun Scholten
Brockville: 613-345-0660, ext. 1837
Cornwall: 613-933-6080, ext. 1837
Kingston: 613-544-5400, ext. 1837

Early Childhood Education and Police Foundations Online Programs:

Nancy Ashton
Brockville: 613-345-0660, ext. 3125
Cornwall: 613-933-6080, ext. 3125
Kingston: 613-544-5400, ext. 3125

For further information about the PLAR process, please download the PLAR Package (pdf).

How to apply for PLAR:

  1. Review the PLAR Student Checklist
  2. Review the PLAR Process Responsibilities
  3. Get the PLAR Package
  4. Complete the PLAR Application Form  - Instructions on how to complete the application - click here.