• 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.

  • February 09, 2016 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Join the Conference Board of Canada on February 19, 2016 at 02:00 PM EST for this 60 minute webinar as they evaluate the state of Canadian learning recognition since the publication of the first Brain Gain study in 2001.

    Based on the recently released study: Brain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System, this session will explore how the country has adapted to our increasingly mobile workforce, and the consequences of not getting it right.

    Canada has long been a country of mobile people. Among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Canada’s total immigration numbers trail only the United States and France; and relative to the size of its population, only Australia and Luxembourg. In 2011, immigrants represented 20.6 per cent of Canada’s population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries. In a typical year, Canada welcomes over 250,000 immigrants as permanent residents. Over a five-year period, almost 1 million Canadians move between provinces, often to pursue employment or education opportunities.

    However, even with one of the most mobile workforces in the world in terms of international and interprovincial migration, Canada’s learning recognition system continues to be organized along provincial lines. In 2001, The Conference Board of Canada published Brain Gain: The Economic Benefits of Recognizing Learning and Learning Credentials in Canada. The study was the first to collect original data (via a household survey) from Canadians who had experienced challenges with learning recognition. At the time, we calculated that Canada would stand to gain between $4.1 and $5.9 billion through improved learning recognition.

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