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 PreparationPLAR Department ConsultantEmail
English Language Studies

Lesley Hemsworth

Kathy McPherson

English Upgrading

Chris Traynor

Danny Wrench

Faculty of ArtsPLAR Department ConsultantEmail
Asian StudiesKamala Nayar
Creative WritingAislinn
Education AssistantNancy Norman 
Educational StudiesPedro Dos 

Steve Weber

Joakim Nilsson (ENGL 1104)

Entertainment ArtsEd
Fine ArtsAlison
HistoryEryk Martin  
Indigenous StudiesAllison 
Journalism and Communication Studies  Chad
Language and Cultures Yanfeng
Philosophy/ HumanitiesMarc Champagne
Policy StudiesEllen
Political Science

Greg Millard

Ross Pink 


Susan Thompson

Dianne Crisp 

NGO and Non-profit StudiesSarah 
Melville School of BusinessPLAR Department ConsultantEmail
Applied CommunicationsDarren 
Business & Quantitative MethodsFlora
Computer Business SystemsLandon
Cooperative EducationLeanne 

Taiwo Aderemi (Fall term)

Shauna McAuley-Bax (Spring, Summer terms) 

Entrepreneurial LeadershipBrad
Human Resource ManagementMarla
Information Technology and Computer Science

Chris Leung

Chinmaya Mahapatra  

Legal Administrative StudiesColleen   
Post-baccalaureate Programs (Operations and Supply Chain Management, Technical Management and Services)Phaedra 
Public RelationsAndrew
Faculty of Health PLAR Department ConsultantEmail
Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Dr. Kim 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Advanced Entry 
Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated Re-EntryHerraj 
Health Care AssistantSharon 
Traditional Chinese Medicine - AcupunctureDr. John 
Wilson School of DesignPLAR Department ConsultantEmail
Fashion & TechnologyMary
Fashion MarketingShainin Karnai 
Foundations in DesignErin
Graphic Design for MarketingCarley
Interior DesignPaola 
Product DesignIryna 
Technical Apparel DesignLindsay
Faculty of Science PLAR Department ConsultantEmail
ACP MathematicsTanya
BiologyMonica De
Brewing and Brewery OperationsAlek
Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD)Christina
Environmental Protection TechnologyChris Hauta 
Health ScienceCayley 
Physics, Astronomy, Applied ScienceTakashi
Sustainable Agriculture

Rebecca Harbut

Mike Bomford  

Co-operative EducationPLAR Department ConsultantEmail
Co-operative EducationShawn