Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to obtain academic credit for a George Brown College course by demonstrating that you have acquired the equivalent skills and knowledge through your life experiences. These experiences may include work, training, independent study, volunteering, travel, hobbies and/or family experiences.
  • PLAR is not equal to a course exemption.
  • PLAR is done on a course-by-course basis. So, even if you have multiple courses for which you would like PLAR, you must request and acquire PLAR for each course individually.
  • To be eligible for PLAR credit, you must meet these requirements:
    • You must have a secondary school diploma or be at least 19 years old.
    • Your course must be eligible for PLAR. Some courses do not qualify for PLAR, so contact the department co-ordinator to find out if your course is eligible.
  • To request PLAR for an eligible course, you must follow these steps:
    1. Obtain the course outline from the department co-ordinator.
    2. Use the course outline to complete the PLAR Self-assessment Word form that can be found on the PLAR web page of the main George Brown College website.
    3. If after completing the self-assessment form you are confident that you can meet the course learning outcomes through your prior learning, complete the Application for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) PDF form that can be found on the PLAR web page of the main George Brown College website. Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of the form at a Student Service Centre or at the PLAR office (St. James Campus, 200 King St. E., Building A (SJA), Room 264D).
    4. Contact the department co-ordinator again to book an appointment. Bring your completed PLAR Self-assessment form and Application for PLAR form to your appointment. You are also encouraged to bring a copy of your current resumé with you. Alternatively, you can submit your request (and supporting documents) by mail, by email or by delivering it to the department office in person. Department contact information and locations can be found in the Continuing Education Contacts list. (Note: Requests to the School of Makeup and Esthetics must be made in person.)
    5. If there are no issues, the department co-ordinator will sign your application form. Take your signed Application for PLAR form to a Student Service Centre to pay the administrative fee. Payments must be made in person and will not be processed without a signed application form. (Note: PLAR fees are non-refundable and not eligible for the employee discount.)
    6. Return your signed application form and receipt of payment to the department co-ordinator. At that time, the co-ordinator will advise you on how you will need to complete your PLAR assessment and will establish a timeline for completion. Your learning may be assessed by one or both of the following methods:
      • Interviews, case studies or exams (written or oral)
      • A portfolio of your work that demonstrates your skills
  • Your learning will be evaluated and, if credit is granted, you will receive a grade for your assessment. This grade will appear on your transcript and will be included in any grade point average (GPA) calculations (if applicable).
  • For more information, visit the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) web page of the main George Brown College website or contact the PLAR office at