Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

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Term2.png Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Term used for credits given to learners on the basis of evidence drawn from their past formative experiences that include courses, self-teaching or work practice. It can be used in order to gain a place or advancement on a course, or credits for an award. [1] See also: Accreditation.

Also known as accreditation of prior learning (APL).

An example of the process of accreditation at Athabasca University.[2]


  1. The Commonwealth of Learning (6 March 2008), (6 March 2008)
  2. Athabasca University What is PLAR? - Centre for Learning Accreditation - Athabasca University (20 October 2010)