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Recognition of Learning Acquired Outside the Classroom

What is the PLAR program?

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 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.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (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.

What PLAR is not

PLAR is separate from credit transfer. Credits transferred from post-secondary colleges or universities in full or in part with a combination of prior learning do not qualify for the PLAR program.

Who can apply?

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. The College recognizes that adults may acquire college-level learning through employment, volunteer activities, self-directed study, travel, or other life experiences. The PLAR program recognizes military on the job training programs as prior learning.

Fees (effective September 1, 2019): Approximately $122.28 for each course application request­ing PLAR credit; generally higher for work place­ment/clinical experience.

How to apply for PLAR

  1. Contact the PLAR Advisor listed below
  2. Review the PLAR Student Checklist
  3. Get the PLAR Package
  4. Complete the PLAR Application Form (For instructions on how to complete the application, please 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:

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

Early Childhood Education Online Program:

Erin Kehoe
Brockville: 613-345-0660, ext. 1894
Cornwall: 613-933-6080, ext. 1894
Kingston: 613-544-5400, ext. 1894