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What is a Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR)?

The purpose of PLAR is to replace Life and Ministry Application and allow Vanguard College to complete a critical and in-depth, evidence-based evaluation of a student’s prior learning in the area of academic and practical studies. 

PLAR Recognition

To apply for PLAR, please complete the application and Self-Assessment Form outlining your relevant life experience and how it related to the Course Learning Outcomes.
You must complete one application per course.

Application Fee: $50

Cost of PLAR Assessment:

The cost for the in-depth assessment is $70 per credit.
(all fees related to PLAR are non-refundable)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please contact the Registrar at for the necessary information to complete this application PRIOR to completing this form.

The Registrar will help guide you through the process and provide you with any needed information.

How does it work?

The Academic Dean, Registrar and Faculty work alongside the student in this evaluation process to determine the competency level in a particular subject and then decide whether credit will be awarded.  PLAR considers not just student experiences but also considers if learning outcomes have been met.

When to do a PLAR?

Students who have been accepted into a program of study may submit a PLAR application.

What does the PLAR include?

The in-depth assessment may take the form of one or more of the following:

  1. Portfolio Assessment
    1. direct evidence (academic writing, lessons, project outlines, reports, videos, etc.)
    2. indirect evidence (reference letters, supervisor validation, and performance assessment)
    3. self-evidence of competency in a subject (self-audit of learning outcomes)
    4. Resume demonstrating competency in subject area
  2. Written Challenge Exam 
  3. Research Paper of 500-700 words with reference page (topic assigned by the professor)
  4. Interview if required

How long does it take?

Once a PLAR Application is accepted, the student will be notified to proceed with the submission of supporting documentation within two months to the Academic Dean for assessment. 

The assessment by the Academic Dean and Faculty will be completed within 2-4 weeks.

How to get started?

  1. Contact the Registrar via email.
  2. After consulting with the Registrar, complete the form below.