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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

KPU recognizes that students attain significant learning at a post-secondary level from formal academic learning, as well as work, training, and other experiences outside the formal post-secondary education system. Through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), KPU will award credit for learning that is directly applicable to the student's declared program of study.  Should a student change programs, all or some of the PLAR credit previously awarded may no longer apply to the new area of study, but the student may be able to apply for additional PLAR credit that was not appropriate under the previous program of study.

Although PLAR 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 Academic Advisor if questions arise as to how PLAR may satisfy program requirements for graduation.

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

How to Request PLAR

  1. Determine the body of work for which you wish to request PLAR credit, and the comparable course it may equate to as part of your program requirements. Course descriptions are available in the University Calendar:
  2. Contact the designated PLAR Department Consultant for the course in which you are seeking PLAR credit, as per the chart below. The PLAR Department Consultant will conduct a pre-assessment to determine if your request will be evaluated by a PLAR Assessor. If approved, the PLAR Department Consultant will complete and sign an Application for Prior Learning Credit form.
  3. Submit your signed Application for Prior Learning Credit form to Student Enrolment Services at and they will contact you with the amount and instructions on how to pay your PLAR 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.

PLAR Department Consultants Contact Information:

Faculty of ACA

PLAR Department Consultant


ACP Mathematics

Tanya Boboricken

ACP English

Sherry Schoenberger

ACP English

Mark Diotte


Martyn Williams

Lynette Manton

Faculty of Arts

PLAR Department Consultant



Larissa Petrillo 

Asian Studies

Robert Menzies

Creative Writing

Aislinn Hunter

Billeh Nickerson


Shereen Hassan

Education Assistant

Allan Williams

Educational Studies

Ann-Marie McLellan


John Rupert

Fine Arts

Ying-Yueh Chuang


Parthi Krishnan


Tom Thorner

Journalism and

Communication Studies  

Chad Skelton

Language and Cultures 

Olivier Clarinval


Zdenek Skoumal

Philosophy/ Humanities

Brian Garrett

Policy Studies

Ellen Pond

Political Science

Ross Pink


Susana Phillips


Annette Reynolds

School of Business

PLAR Department Consultant



Valerie Warren

Bachelor of Technology 

Chris Leung

Chinmaya Mahapatra  

Computer Business Systems

Landon Kleis

Business & Quantitative Methods

Bernie Neuhold

Business Management

Lyndsay Passmore

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Amanda Bickell


Don Reddick

Human Resource Management

Judy Benevides

Legal Administrative Studies

Colleen Formisano


Richard Simon

Applied Communications

Deirdre Maultsaid

Public Relations

Andrew Frank

Faculty of Health

PLAR Department Consultant


Psychiatric Nursing

Donna Malyon

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Donna Malyon

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advanced Entry

Donna Malyon

Graduate Nurse Intl Educated Re-Entry

Herraj Sandhu

Health Care Assistant 

Nirmal Dhaliwal

Health Foundations 

Joyce MacKenzie

´╗┐´╗┐Health Unit Coordinator 

Radhika Kumar

Traditional Chinese Medicine -


Dr. John Yang

Wilson School of Design

PLAR Department Consultant


Fashion & Technology

Heather Clark

Fashion Marketing

Jimmy Choi

Graphic Design for Marketing

Carley Hodgkinson

Foundations in Design

Natasha Campbell

Interior Design

Brenda Snaith

Lucie Gagne

Product Design

Lindsay Norris

Technical Apparel Design

Jessica Bayntun

Faculty of Science & Horticulture

PLAR Department Consultant



Sherry Wilson

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

Brewing and Brewery Operations

Alek Egi


Cameron Lait

Jamie Lamont


Mike Bomford  

Sustainable Agriculture

Rebecca Harbut

Faculty of Trades & Technology

PLAR Department Consultant


Appliance Servicing

David Fengstad


Gerard Laverty


Brian Myette

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, this test or exam is usually developed by someone other than the PLAR assessor. 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, videos, illustrations, prototype models, or an artist’s portfolio. Students may be asked to demonstrate abilities or answer questions about the portfolio by the PLAR 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 PLAR 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 PLAR assessor.

Industry-Based Evaluation

Recognition of pre-assessed training based on established agreements with select employers, training organizations, Continuing Studies programs, recognized Credit Banks or Red Seal certifications.


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 PLAR 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.

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