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Prior Learning Assessment

KPU recognizes that students may attain significant learning at a post-secondary level through work, training, and informal experiences outside the formal post-secondary system. Through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), KPU will grant credit toward a certificate, diploma, or degree for this learning if it fulfills the requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled.

Although PLA credit may be granted, a further decision on the applicability of the credits toward program admission or graduation requirements may be required. Students are advised to first review the requirements of their program in the academic calendar, and meet with an educational advisor if questions arise as to how PLA may satisfy program requirements for graduation.

Any student planning to transfer to a university or other post-secondary institution should be aware that PLA credit granted by KPU is not binding at another post-secondary institution.

How to Request PLA

  1. Determine the body of work for which you wish to request PLA credit, and the course it equates to as part of your program requirements. Course descriptions are available in the University Calendar:
  2. Contact the designated Faculty Advisor for the course in which you are seeking PLA credit, as per the chart below. The Faculty Advisor will conduct a pre-assessment to determine if your request will be evaluated by a PLA Assessor. If approved, the Faculty Advisor will complete  and sign an Application for Prior Learning Credit form.
  3. Bring your signed Application for Prior Learning Credit form to Student Enrolment Services on Langley, Surrey or Richmond campuses to pay your PLA assessment fee.
  4. Your request will be forwarded to your designated PLA Assessor who will contact you to select an appropriate assessment method, date and deadline. Acceptable assessment methods for each course are indicated on the official course outline. Descriptions of assessment methods are provided below.
  5. Your PLA Assessor will submit the results of your assessment to the Registrar’s Office, and your final grade will be recorded on your academic record and will appear on your academic transcript.

KPU PLA Program Advisors Contact Information:

Please note that effective January 1, 2017 Advisors contact information will be listed as name and email address ONLY. ~ Thank you

Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement

Program Advisor





ACP Mathematics

Tanya Boboricken

ACP English

Sherry Schoenberger

ACP English

Mark Diotte




Martyn Williams


Lynette Manton

Faculty of Arts

Program Advisor



Ken Stark

Asian Studies

Colin Green

Creative Writing

Nicola Harwood


Shereen Hassan

Education Assistant (EDAS)

(formerly Special Education Teaching Assistant (SETA)


Educational Studies

Sylvia Woodyard


Ann-Marie McLellan


John Rupert

Fine Arts

Robert Gelineau


John Rose


Alex Popovich


Beverley Sinclair

Modern Languages

Sumiko Nishizawa


Zdenek Skoumal

Philosophy/ Humanities

Bill Barthelemy

Policy Studies

Ellen Pond

Political Science

Shinder Purewal


Susana Phillips


Annette Reynolds

Faculty of Business

Program Advisor











Bachelor of Technology / CSIT

Chris Leung


Bachelor of Technology / CSIT

Andy Law


Computer Business Systems

Marcelo Machado


Business & Quantitative Methods

Bernie Neuhold




Business Management

Duane Radcliffe




BBA Entrepreneurial Leadership

Chamkaur Cheema



Don Reddick




Human Resource Management

Doug Fletcher




Legal Administrative Studies

Colleen Formisano





Richard Simon




Applied Communications

Deirdre Maultsaid


Public Relations

Sabrina Del Monte


Faculty of Health

Program Advisor





Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Tess Kroeker



Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Donna Malyon




Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advanced Entry

Leeann Waddington




Graduate Nurse Intl Educated Re-Entry

Sherilyn Sweeney




Health Care Assistant Program

Sharon Leitch




Health Foundation Program

Gurp Chahal




Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)

Radhika Kumar




Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture Program Dr. John Yang      

Wilson School of Design

Program Advisor





Fashion & Technology

Lindsay Norris




Fashion Marketing

Jimmy Choi




Graphic Design for Marketing

Marge Damon




Foundations in Design

Carla Wolf




Interior Design

Brenda Snaith




Interior Design

Lucie Gagne




Product Design

Iryna Karaush




Technical Apparel Design

Evelyn May




Faculty of Science & Horticulture

Program Advisor






Carson Keever




Health Science

Jane Hobson





Xin Liu




Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD)

Christina Heinrick



Environmental Protection Tech

Paul Richard





Judy Bicep




Physics, Astronomy, Applied Science

Takashi Sato




HOPS (Brewing and Brewery Operations)

Alek Egi





Betty Cunnin




Gary Jones




Kent Mullinix





Sustainable Agriculture

Rebecca Harbut




Faculty of Trades & Technology

Program Advisor





Appliance Servicing

David Fengstad




Gerard Laverty





Doug Wiebe




Public Safety Communication

Tally Wade




All Others






Methods of Prior Learning Assessment

The following methods of assessment may be used, independently or in combination, to determine if the PLA applicant has met the required standards:

Challenge Exam

A test or exam (written or oral) that is designed to validate the knowledge of the candidate as it relates to course requirements. A challenge exam may be the same test or exam given to students who formally attend the course. It is limited to questions that are directly related to the learning objectives/outcomes of the course, not to information that would be available only by regular attendance in the classroom.

Standardized Test

Similar to a Challenge Exam. However, someone from the department other than the assessor usually develops this test or exam. It is focused around widely recognized standards (as set by a department or professional/sectoral organization) that are equivalent to the course objectives.


Documents or objects that have been produced by the candidate and demonstrate tangible proof of accomplishment. These may include, but are not limited to, reports, computer printouts, videos, illustrations, prototype models, or an artist’s portfolio. Students may be asked to demonstrate abilities or answer questions about the portfolio by the assessor.


Simulation or actual presentation of candidate’s abilities, which may be live, recorded, or videotaped. The demonstration may include, but is not limited to, such activities as presenting a speech, role-playing a situation, creating a document on computer, giving a musical performance, performing a lab experiment, interviewing a client, operating equipment, or completing a procedure.


Oral questioning. The PLA interview is focused around course objectives and may include techniques such as open-ended questions, case studies, and prepared analyses. The interview is used to clarify areas of learning, and may be used in parallel with other methods, as a sole method of assessment, and/or as a means to ensure authenticity of products.

Worksite Assessment

Similar to a demonstration. The candidate is observed performing tasks as a part of normal work routine, or as specifically assigned, in the place of work. Assessment is normally done by faculty assigned to a candidate, but may also be made by a work supervisor or field expert. If performed by an external assessor, may be followed up by a self-assessment and/or interview with a faculty assessor.


Assessment performed by the candidate, usually with the aid of an established form or questionnaire. Normally requires a parallel assessment by a field expert and/or faculty assessor.

External Evaluation

Assessment provided by an expert other than KPU faculty. Assessment method may include, but is not limited to, performance evaluation, letter of validation, or worksite assessment, and may require follow-up by faculty.

Policy AC6 is the university’s policy on Credit for Previous Learning and can be viewed at the library or online at for further details.

For updates to this web page contact: Palek Trehan (Pal)