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Obtaining an AU Credential

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) evaluates learning that may count as credit toward a university degree, certificate, or diploma. To do PLAR, you assemble a dossier or portfolio of evidence that indicates how your nonformal learning may contribute to a credential. The portfolio should describe all of your noncredit, job-based, or other learning that has not received formal credit from an academic institution, but which you believe can contribute to your AU program.

Academic experts and individuals knowledgeable in the field described will assess your portfolio to award credit for equivalent university-level learning.

Credits awarded for PLAR will be applied to your undergraduate AU credential to the extent that your credential will allow. PLAR is different from transfer credit, and transcripts from other post-secondary institutions must be assessed for transfer credit before the PLAR process begins.

The Centre for Learning Accreditation's mentors will assist and guide you through the portfolio development process.

A nonrefundable fee of $500 is charged for the PLAR assessment. Payment must be submitted with your portfolio.



Student & Academic Services - Last Updated October 11, 2012

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