Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Offered During
Fall
Grades
10, 11, 12
Cost
No Cost

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) challenge is an evaluation and credit-granting process.   Students that have acquired the knowledge and skills outside of secondary school  and as outlined in the Curriculum documents provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education, may obtain grade 10-12 credits for prior learning that will go towards their secondary school diploma (OSSD) .

Policies Governing the Challenge Process…

Student Eligibility:
  • Secondary school students who are enrolled in a regular day school program in a secondary school.
  • Students who have their Principal’s approval.
  • A mature student who is at least eighteen years of age, out of school for at least one year and returning to regular day school.
  • Students under the age of eighteen need parental approval before applying to challenge for credit.
Course Eligibility:
  • Students may challenge for credit only for Grade 10, 11, and 12 courses in provincial curriculum policy documents.
  • Students may earn no more than four credits through the challenge process, including a maximum of two credits in any one subject area.
  • Students may obtain credits through the “equivalency” process if they have credentials from schools outside Ontario.
    PLAR Process:

    The PLAR process involves two components: “challenge” and “equivalency”.
    The “challenge” process is the process whereby students’ prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting credit for a Grade 10, 11, or 12 course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document published in 1999 or later.
    The “equivalency” process is the process of assessing credentials from other jurisdictions.

Before Completing the Application
  • Visit the Ontario Ministry of Education to see the curriculum and expectations of the course you wish to challenge.
  • Complete the online PLAR Application to Challenge for Credit Form and submit to the YCDSB, Continuing Education Department, 2  weeks from the Orientation Session date.
  • Have all your relevant documents ready to be uploaded when completing your online application request.
For more information regarding the PLAR process  and to complete the PLAR Application Form