Mature students may obtain credits for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), a formal evaluation and credit granting process. This includes knowledge and skills that mature students have acquired in both formal and informal ways, outside of secondary school.


Eligibility for mature PLAR

  • Students must be 18 years of age on or after Jan. 1 of the current school year

  • Students must have fewer than 26 credits

  • Students must earn their final four credits, with the following exception: students who provide evidence of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution must complete a minimum of one credit

  • Students must be enrolled in credit classes through day school, night school, summer school, correspondence, or cooperative education

  • Students may be from outside of Ontario. In this case the student may have an equivalency done based on the credits granted in another province/country. If a student cannot obtain a transcript, then the student may start with a zero credit count and write all five PLAR assessments, then apply for Grade 11/12 equivalency credits based on life and work experience

How to apply for PLAR

  • Current Learning Centre students: contact your local Learning Centre Coordinator. Bring your transcript and resume to get started.
  • Interested Learning Centre students: bring your transcript and resume to your local Learning Centre to register for courses and start your PLAR eligibility assessment.
  • Current secondary school students: contact your guidance counsellor for further information and to start the PLAR referral process.

Download the registration form.

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