Get Credit for Work and Life Experience

Lessons learned outside the classroom are relevant and valued at Athabasca University. Why spend time and money to study something you already know when Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) can let you focus on new learning?

A successful PLAR assessment will award you credit toward your AU undergraduate degree or certificate. This means

  • fewer courses to take
  • cost savings in course fees

At Athabasca University, we work with you to get the most benefit out of your past experience. An assigned mentor will provide essential guidance throughout the development of your PLAR portfolio. How PLAR works.

Things to know before you start

  • If you have previous post-secondary experience, you must have your transfer credit assessed before starting the PLAR process. If you do not receive transfer credit for some courses, you may include the learning from those courses in your portfolio.
  • PLAR may not be for everyone. Is PLAR for me?
  • It can take 6–12 months to complete your PLAR portfolio. You may still take courses during this time, but consult with your PLAR mentor before you do.
  • The PLAR process costs $761, which can result in credit for up to 10 courses (30 credits). View the PLAR maximum in your program.
  • Our PLAR process is available to undergraduate programs only
  • If you're planning to pursue graduate study, check with the graduate program you want to enter to see if your PLAR credits will be accepted. Get this in writing.
  • View sample portfolios.

Updated July 07 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations