Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition in New Brunswick


What is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) is the evaluation and recognition of non-formal, informal and/or experiential learning that can result in workplace recognition, as well as academic credits and/or credentials. A PLAR process may include activities such as interviewing, competency assessment, learning outcome assessment and portfolio development.

Prior learning assessment and recognition is commonly used to evaluate learning acquired outside the classroom for the purpose of assigning academic credits. Common ways individuals have acquired college-level learning include: corporate or military training; work experience; civic activity; and independent study. It can also be used as part of a hiring process or performance review in the workplace, or to gain licensure in a profession. Individuals who have gained knowledge, skills and abilities in a non-typical manner may also benefit from PLAR to provide a 3rd party validation of their competence.

What is the NBPLAR Action Group?

The NBPLAR Action Group is established in 2010 to promote and facilitate the delivery of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) practices in New Brunswick through increased awareness, collaboration and common terminology and tools. More information is available at

PLAR Information by Institution

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB)

University of New Brunswick (UNB) - Lorna Campbell, PLAR Coordinator 506-458-7976 

New Brunswick Campus, Yorkville University (YU)-Lan Hu, Campus Registrar-Admissions  506-454-1220. Ex. 1332