What Is PLAR? Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a structured method of assessing prior learning through identifying, documenting, assessing and gaining recognition for said prior learning. Prior learning can come from volunteer and paid-work, industry-based training, professional development, and private study. It is important to note that PLAR assesses learning rather than experience, where or how the learning occurred.
What Learning is Assessed? PLAR assess different types of learning including:
Who Uses PLAR? Prior learning Assessment is conducted from a variety of organizations and institutes. For post-secondary institutions PLAR is often used to determine credit or advanced standing in a particular program of study. Other organizations use PLAR in their licensing processes, employment, career planning, recruitment, and for self-knowledge generation.
How Is it Done? There are various tools used to assesses prior learning. Some of the more common tools include portfolios, challenge exams, product assessment, demonstration of skills, and oral exam or interview. Assessment methods often require evidence to support learning assertions.
What Else is PLAR Called?
PLAR can go by many names, including: