Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students may obtain credits for prior learning – the knowledge and skills that adults have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school.
The PLAR process for mature students involves three (3) procedures:
If the student entered an Ontario Secondary School in September 1999 or later, under new curriculum and diploma guidelines, or if the student is from out-of-province and was not registered in on Ontario secondary school by February 2004, when the student returns to school as a mature student, he/she will be evaluated under the PLAR process.
Students who are following the PLAR process must earn a minimum of four (4) senior (grade 11 or 12) credits including:
The Ontario Literacy Requirement and Community Hours requirement apply to mature students under PLAR.