• May 08, 2019 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (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 | Andrew Skapenko (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 | Andrew Skapenko (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!


  • September 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    BCPLAN Snapshot Presentation 2018

    An update on the state of RPL in British Columbia’s Post Secondary system and Trades/Industry systems, compliments of Lori Woods.

  • August 14, 2018 7:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Thank you to all who attended our event on June 22nd. We had over 30 people this year. If you have ideas for next year please send us an email!

    Charles Joyner (Chair)

    Tanis Sawkins (Secretary)

  • August 02, 2018 8:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Check out our YouTube Channel! Coming Soon!

  • April 17, 2018 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Click here for more details.

    Candidates should submit their Letter of Interest to no later than September 5, 2018

  • November 16, 2016 12:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The PLIRC Document Database is an initiative of the Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC) at Thompson Rivers University. Intended for scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, the database provides a free, full-text resource of research-related documents in the area of prior learning assessment and recognition.

    The database was made possible by the donation of basic software from Observal, a database recently established by EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network) to the Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning who in turn contributed the software to PLIRC. On-going support for the database comes from the community of researchers around the world, with financial support from Thompson Rivers University.

  • August 10, 2016 9:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    PLA resources allows students to earn credit toward a course or program offered by a post-secondary institution if they can demonstrate, through a systematic and valid assessment process, that the learning is equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through conventional study at the post-secondary level.

  • February 15, 2016 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Recognition of prior learning is an educational response to the need to widen
    participation in education and training for economic advancement and social inclusion. See recent scholarly articles in Google Scholar.

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