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(PLAR) Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition - Mature Students
(PLAR) Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition - Mature Students
​Adult students who are currently registered at the Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning may apply to have some secondary school credits granted to them under the Ministry of Education’s PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) process.  The PLAR process recognizes the knowledge and skills that adults have acquired through formal and informal experiences. Credits are awarded based on “prior learning” acquired through work experience, job related training programs, home, volunteer and life experiences or education received outside Ontario or Canada.

To qualify for PLAR an adult must:

  • be at least 18 years of age on or before December 31st of the school year in which he or she returns to school
  • not have been enrolled in a regular day school program for at least 10 consecutive months before registering for credit courses at an adult credit granting facility
  • have less than 26 credits and is working towards obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

The PLAR Process:

Step 1 - Mature adults may earn up to sixteen grade 9/10 credits through an individual equivalency process or by completing 5 assessments.
Step 2 - Mature students may also be granted up to ten grade 11/12 credits through an equivalency process for prior learning and work experience based on concrete evidence.
Mature students may acquire up to 26 equivalent credits through PLAR. In order to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, mature students must complete a minimum of four grade 11 and 12 credit courses, including Grade 11 and 12 English.
The final 4 credits may be completed through adult day school, e-Learning, night school, or summer school. Students may also have the option of earning some of the required credits through cooperative education.
Please see the Guidance Department at Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning, Adult Day School for more details.
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