Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

PLAR evaluates knowledge and skills gained through life experience for the purpose of obtaining credit in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic course or program.

Knowledge and skills may be acquired through work, 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, evaluated by a Saskatchewan Polytechnic faculty content expert. 

For PLAR information on a program, visit the PLAR & Transfer Credit heading for the candidate guide (if available) or, search the PLAR Inventory Database for listings and fees of programs currently offering PLAR challenges.

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

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

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

Search any course code using the keyword search option to determine PLAR availability and fee.

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.