• August 05, 2021 8:02 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Check out Summer 2021 newsletter for more information on recent developments in prior learning assessment and recognition.

    Please also join us in welcoming the new Chair - Susan Forseille, Director of PLAR at Thompson Rivers University. Susan is a also strong advocate of PLAR in BC and across Canada.  

  • March 31, 2021 9:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Learn more about the latest updates at BCPLAN with Spring 2021 newsletter.

    Click this link to read the newsletter.

  • March 21, 2021 10:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Please find below an overview of the projects completed in the first quarter of 2021.

    BCPLAN Partner Recruitment Campaign

    We have identified and will be reaching out to over 50 new potential partners to build relationships for further advancement of PLAR and BCPLAN in the province. Included with our introduction will be an infographic on PLAR and an invitation to upcoming events. 

    Letter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training

    Earlier in February, BC announced its plan on micro-credentials, launching a training program aimed at upgrading the existing and building new skills for workers in British Columbia. One other option to fast-track career development and re-skilling in BC can be PLAR. BCPLAN has prepared a Letter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training including an infographic. The package will be submitted to the Minister to spur further conversation on the benefits PLAR can bring during the economic recovery.  


    We refreshed our website and gave it a new look!  From webinars to a variety resources on PLAR, the new website now showcases a great collection of tools for PLAR practitioners and stakeholders. Please take a moment to explore  


    We have also launched a two-part webinar series on economic benefits of PLAR as well as its applications in Career Advancement. Please check the upcoming events for more details and to register.

    Social Media

    There has been nothing but a steady growth in our social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us to stay current with news and recent developments in the world of PLAR. 

    We thank the BC PLAN Board members for the active support and are looking forward to the upcoming projects, which we will share with you in the next report!

  • September 14, 2020 10:00 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Save the Date!


  • July 26, 2020 4:30 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Douglas Myers is Senior Associate with the PLA Centre and its former Executive Director (1996-2008). He has held academic and administrative appointments at several universities and was co-director with Mary Morrissey of a two-year CCL-sponsored study that led to the PLAR report Achieving Our Potential (2008).

    View Doug’s keynote presentation from the BCPLAN 2010 Summit.

  • January 08, 2020 11:00 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Free to access, highlights of this issue are articles on “An examination of Prior Learning Assessment, Participation and Guidance at Four-Year Universities” (Matt Bergman and Stephen McCaskey) and “Implementing Prior Learning Assessment to Promote Adult College Completion” (Ashley Layne). There is also excellent information on current practices and an interview about “Thinking About Brains and PLA”.

  • November 14, 2019 11:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Excerpt from the report’s core argument:

    “At the moment, we face, with few exceptions, a leadership vacuum in the recognition of prior and experiential learning in Canada. While we have a wealth of innovation, exemplary practice and positive outcomes developed over 30 years of demonstrations and evaluations, PLAR still lacks the strategic and sustained public policy commitment and the active sectoral support necessary to meet our current and future demographic realities.”

    Full article (english)
    Full article (francais)

  • May 08, 2019 10:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    The BC Prior Learning Action Network will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 14, 2019, following the BCPLAN Symposium at 2:30 pm at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Campus.  At that time, a new membership fee structure will be introduced and ratified allowing organizational memberships.

    • Individual memberships are $100/year.
    • Proposed organizational membership fees are $300/year.

    Until the new fee structure has been ratified, registration and membership fees for the Symposium are as posted, but after the AGM, members will have the opportunity to convert their membership to an organizational membership. With your direction, refunds and adjustments to membership may be made.


    For example:

    Janet works at ASPECT and registers for the BCPLAN Symposium and for an individual membership at $175.

    Ten of Janet’s colleagues who also work at ASPECT, register for the Symposium one-day rate of $95.

    Once the new organizational membership fees are ratified, Janet will be contacted to see if she would like to convert her membership to an organizational membership.  Of course, Janet says “yes!” and BCPLAN does the following:


    The $100 that Janet paid for an individual membership is applied toward the organizational membership for ASPECT.

    The difference between the one-day rate and the member one-day rate is $20. The 10 colleagues from ASPECT will be given the choice for a refund of the difference, or have that amount applied to the organizational membership.

    If Janet’s colleagues don’t want the $20 difference applied to the organizational membership, ASPECT would be invoiced for the difference between the individual membership and the organizational membership fee.

  • April 23, 2019 10:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Join Us for our Annual Symposium & AGM 

    Friday, June 14, 2019
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University Richmond Campus

    BC Prior Learning Action Network invites you as a prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) stakeholder to attend our 2019 symposium and annual general meeting.

    PLAR: Rhetoric or Reality is the focus of the symposium. Expert practitioners from various sectors of the economy will explain how they effectively use PLAR to help people select pathways to access further education and to advance in their careers and lives.

    Membership + Symposium – $175
    Symposium only – $95
    Student registration – 50% off

    Register on Eventbrite.

  • October 17, 2018 9:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce that BCPLAN will be producing a quarterly newsletter to update you on our activities as well as resources and events happening in the PLAR world.  Sign up now to receive our next edition by sending an email to!


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