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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.

Policy AC6 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the university’s policy on Credit for Previous Learning and can be viewed online at

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. Descriptions of assessment methods are provided in the University Calendar.
  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 Academic and Career Preparation

PLAR Department Consultant


English Language Studies

Lesley Hemsworth

Kathy McPherson

English Upgrading

Chris Traynor

Danny Wrench

Faculty of Arts

PLAR Department Consultant



Larissa Petrillo

Asian Studies

Kamala Nayar

Creative Writing

Aislinn Hunter


Shereen Hassan

Education Assistant

Allan Williams

Educational Studies

Lilach Marom


John Rupert

Joakim Nilsson

Entertainment Arts Ed Ko

Fine Arts

Alison MacTaggart


Parthi Krishnan


Jack Hayes 

Journalism and

Communication Studies  

Chad Skelton

Language and Cultures 

Yanfeng Qu


Gordon Cobb

Philosophy/ Humanities

Marc Champagne

Policy Studies

Ellen Pond

Political Science

Ross Pink


Susan Thompson


Seema Ahluwalia

Melville School of Business

PLAR Department Consultant



Valerie Warren

Lindsay Clayton

Applied Communications

Deirdre Maultsaid

Business & Quantitative Methods

Flora Hsiao

Business Management

Lyndsay Passmore

Computer Business Systems

Landon Kleis


Don Reddick

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Brad Anderson

Human Resource Management

Judy Benevides

Marla McMullen

Information Technology

Chris Leung

Chinmaya Mahapatra  

Legal Administrative Studies

Colleen Formisano   


Vida Morkunas   

Public Relations

Andrew Frank

Faculty of Health

PLAR Department Consultant


Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing

Donna Malyon

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Donna Malyon

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advanced Entry

Donna Malyon

Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated Re-Entry

Herraj Sandhu

Health Care Assistant 

Sharon Leitch Joss

Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture 

Dr. John Yang

Wilson School of Design

PLAR Department Consultant


Fashion & Technology

Mary Androsiuk

Fashion Marketing


Foundations in Design

Erin Ashenhurst

Graphic Design for Marketing

Carley Hodgkinson

Interior Design

Paola Gavilanez 

Product Design

Lindsay Norris

Technical Apparel Design

Jessica Bayntun

Faculty of Science & Horticulture

PLAR Department Consultant


ACP Mathematics

Tanya Boboricken


Monica De Boer

Brewing and Brewery Operations

Alek Egi


Xin Liu

Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD)

Christina Heinrick

Environmental Protection Technology

Paul Richard

Health Science

Cayley Velazquez


Cameron Lait

Jamie Lamont


Judy Bicep

Physics, Astronomy, Applied Science

Takashi Sato


Mike Bomford  

Sustainable Agriculture

Rebecca Harbut

Faculty of Trades & Technology

PLAR Department Consultant


Appliance Servicing

David Fengstad


Gerard Laverty


Brian Myette


Co-operative Education

PLAR Department Consultant


Co-operative Education

Shawn Erickson

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