Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

PLAR is a process of evaluating the knowledge and skills gained through experiential and non-formal learning for the purpose of obtaining credit in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic course.

PLAR is the process of identifying, assessing and recognizing skills and knowledge acquired through work experience, non-formal training, independent study, volunteer activities and hobbies.

The PLAR process compares your previous learning to Saskatchewan Polytechnic course learning outcomes. You challenge the course by demonstrating your skills and knowledge through evidence or tests. Your demonstration of skill and knowledge is evaluated by a Saskatchewan Polytechnic course content expert.

Evidence may include:

  • work experience
  • performance appraisals
  • on-the-job training
  • training courses from private organizations
  • seminars and workshops
  • independent study
  • volunteer work
  • community activities

Test methods may include:

  • performance test
  • written tests
  • demonstrations
  • simulations
  • a portfolio
  • interviews
  • oral examinations
  • work samples

You can find Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) candidate guides on Saskatchewan Polytechnic program pages. Learn more about PLAR and how you might benefit.

If you have already taken courses from another recognized institution, you may be eligible for transfer credit.

For more information on other potential dual credit courses through Sask Polytech, contact or phone 306-765-1652.

Information for courses available in multiple programs often completed using PLAR:

Search the course name and code using the keyword search option to determine the PLAR availability for your program. 

Start your PLAR process and your PLAR application (pdf)

Non-refundable and non-transferable assessment fees apply. Fees are based on the cost of PLAR services, not the cost of the credit awarded. Fees for apprenticeship and employer-sponsored students may already be included within their training agreement.

For information on a specific program, visit the program web page and look for the PLAR Candidate Guide or search the PLAR Inventory Database

For information and questions about PLAR, visit Learner Pathways, call 1-866-467-4278 or contact the nearest Counselling Services office.

Quality Assurance in PLAR

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, in partnership with The Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning, Ryerson University, and the University of New Brunswick, examined quality assurance in PLAR.

To inform, train and promote PLAR in post-secondary institutions, the research project partnership produced: