Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

Mohawk College recognizes that college-level learning can take place in a variety of settings both inside and outside the traditional classroom. Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) focuses on the evaluation of prior learning rather than formal educational courses used in the academic transfer of credits or course exemptions. PLAR evaluates knowledge and skill on an individual basis. Credit is granted when learning level and content match the objectives of a specific course.

Prior learning is assessed by a combination of methods including, but not limited to, a challenge exam and/or portfolio:

When prior learning matches the objectives of a specific course, the course assessor will assign a grade for that course. A college certificate or diploma program may be completed by combining PLAR with the new knowledge gained in a specific program. To challenge a course in your Program of Studies you must contact the Program Coordinator/Program Manager to confirm you are eligible.

Before you apply:

  • Read through the Requirements
  • Contact your Academic Area to request approval

PLAR processes will be regularly monitored, evaluated, and revised to reflect changes in the needs of students and faculty.

Contact Us

  • plar [at] (Email Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)
  • Phone: 905-575-2395 (Hamilton)