Revised: June, 2005

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (“CAPLA”) is committed to the protection of personal information and to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information only in accordance with the spirit and letter of Canadian privacy laws. This Website and Privacy Policy sets out the manner in which personal information is collected, used and disclosed by CAPLA in connection with the use of this site. This policy also sets out the terms of use of this website. By accessing this site you agree to be bound by this Website and Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to be bound by this policy please do not access or use this site.

CAPLA reserves the right to change this Website and Privacy Policy at any time and your continued access to the site after such changes indicates your acceptance of the Website and Privacy Policy as modified. It is your responsibility to review this Policy regularly.

Description of www.capla.ca

The internet site www.capla.ca (CAPLA.ca) is an initiative of CAPLA and is an online community of practice dedicated to prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in Canada. The CAPLA community supports individuals who wish to learn about PLAR, prepare for assessment and gain recognition for all learning. CAPLA.ca also provides those who use PLAR in their work, researchers and other stakeholders with opportunities to share information, extend the practice of PLAR, network and develop expertise.

CAPLA’s goals are to promote the improvement of PLAR practice and to advance quality assessment and recognition of learning in Canada. All users of CAPLA.ca agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Website and Privacy Policy. Please read this Website and Privacy Policy carefully before accessing CAPLA.ca or using/obtaining any of the resources, information and/or tools found on CAPLA.ca.


CAPLA will not collect, use or disclose to a third party your personal information without your consent except:

  1. in accordance with this policy;
  2. where required or permitted to do so by law; or
  3. where such information could aid in an emergency where people’s lives and/or safety may be at stake.

In addition, CAPLA will not disclose your personal information to a third party without your consent except where such information is required to be disclosed for processing past due accounts, billing or settlement of services and/or publication fees. CAPLA will use reasonable efforts to ensure that you are advised of the purposes for which the information will be used in a way that you can reasonably understand. Consent may be expressed in writing or implied, depending on all the surrounding circumstances, including the purposes for which it is being collected and the sensitivity of the information. In some cases, you may provide consent verbally, electronically or through an authorized representative.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Personal information is information about an identifiable individual. This information could include your name, address and contact information (including e-mail address) or, in certain cases, financial information that you provide to CAPLA. Although an individual may access CAPLA.ca without revealing personal information, certain services offered through CAPLA.ca, such as the Discussion Board and MyRFL, may only be accessed once you have joined CAPLA.ca as a member and have chosen a user name.

Personal information about you is only made publicly available if you decide to do so by checking some settings on your profile in the Members’ List on the Discussion Board.

Collection of personal information by CAPLA and/or through CAPLA.ca is limited to the information necessary for purposes that have been identified by CAPLA. These purposes will be identified either before or when the Personal Information is collected.

Personal information is collected by CAPLA for the following purposes:

  1. to join CAPLA.ca and to permit you access to the Discussion Board as well as other interactive products and services that may be developed or available through CAPLA.ca;
  2. to allow CAPLA.ca to provide you access to the User Groups on the Discussion Board that you choose or are invited to join;
  3. to verify the identify of a Discussion Group member in the case of misuse of the Discussion Board or other sections of CAPLA.ca;
  4. to offer you new products and services associated with PLAR that CAPLA feels could be of interest to you;
  5. where applicable, to process your request for products and services through CAPLA.ca or through CAPLA;
  6. to send notification of new information or activities or to request new information;
  7. to send notification of additional membership privileges (for those who become members of the CAPLA.ca site);
  8. to gain feedback on the use of CAPLA.ca; and
  9. to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

When posting any information on the Discussion Board, you decide on how much personal information will be displayed on each posting. Each individual member controls the scope and extent of the content of the personal profile that is displayed on your personal profile of the Member List on the Discussion Board. An individual’s profile may be revised by them at any time. A “user name” is a name chosen by the individual for the purposes of joining CAPLA.ca and for other purposes, such as the Discussion Board.

When posting any comments or information in connection with the Discussion Board, participants should be aware that a public posting on the CAPLA.ca Discussion Board is available to all viewers or members of CAPLA.ca. CAPLA has no control over the subsequent use or disclosure of information posted and does not update information posted as part of the Discussion Board. Similarly, although information added on a “private” Discussion Board will only be accessible to members of that group, CAPLA has no control over the subsequent use of information that a Discussion Board member may voluntarily post. Highly sensitive information or information that a participant does not wish to become public should not be posted on any Discussion Board.

From time to time, CAPLA may request feedback from members for CAPLA’s purposes – including purposes associated with PLAR. The provision of such feedback or comments is entirely voluntary. However, once feedback or comments have been provided, CAPLA may compile or use that feedback or the comments for purposes identified when the feedback or comments are sought.

CAPLA collects and uses the personal information it collects only for identified purposes and will notify you and provide you with an opportunity to refuse your consent before using personal information for any other purpose. If information that has been collected is to be used for a purpose CAPLA did not previously identify, CAPLA will notify you either in person or through RFL, identify the new purpose and provide you with an opportunity to refuse to consent to the use of your personal information for that new purpose. Similarly, if CAPLA must collect additional personal information it will identify the purpose for the collection and provide you with an opportunity to refuse consent.

CAPLA does not sell, lend or otherwise redistribute users’ e-mail addresses, names, or any other personal information without consent. From time to time, CAPLA may retain the services of a third party consultant to assist CAPLA in evaluating and further developing CAPLA.ca. In such case, personal information will be provided to that third party consultant on a strictly confidential basis.


The content appearing on CAPLA.ca (including text, images, logos, features, designs and all articles to which a prior copyright has not been granted) is the property of CAPLA.ca and is protected by Canadian law and international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property agreements. User Content refers to CAPLA.ca content available to all users while Restricted Content refers to CAPLA.ca content available to particular members of CAPLA.ca or individuals granted access by CAPLA.ca. User Content may not be modified in any manner or copied or distributed (in electronic form or in any other media now or hereafter existing), including by framing or similar means, for commercial purposes or for compensation or remuneration of any kind without the prior written permission of CAPLA. Restricted Content may not be modified in any manner or copied or distributed (in electronic form or in any other media now or hereafter existing), including by framing or similar means, for any purposes, non-commercial or commercial, or under any circumstances without the prior written permission of CAPLA.

Linked sites

CAPLA makes no representation, warranty or condition regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of the sites accessible by hyperlink from CAPLA.ca, or sites linking to CAPLA.ca, or information posted by users. Such sites and information are not under the control of CAPLA and as such CAPLA is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any review, changes or updates to such sites. CAPLA.ca provides these links to you as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply affiliation, endorsement, or adoption by CAPLA of the site or any information contained therein. CAPLA does not guarantee the quality, accuracy, reliability, completeness, accuracy, or utility of any information contained in any link or linked site. Third party sites may also collect personal information about you through the use of cookies or otherwise. When leaving CAPLA.ca, you should be aware that CAPLA.ca’s terms and policies, including this Website and Privacy Policy no longer govern. You should, therefore, review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of the linked site prior to using any other site or providing any personal information to a third party.

Appropriate Usage

CAPLA.ca may only be used in a lawful manner, for lawful purposes and in a way which does not interfere with or disrupt the use of the Internet by others. Accordingly, you agree not to take any of the following actions while using CAPLA.ca or any of its resources or tools:

  • Transmit via CAPLA.ca any content which CAPLA.ca members consider to be unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  • Post or transmit any unsolicited content in the nature of advertising or promotional materials (with the exception of advertising, promotional or other materials which CAPLA has agreed to post on CAPLA.ca);
  • Purposely post or transmit content which contains any virus, worm, Trojan horse or other contaminating or destructive feature.

All content originated and distributed by you shall be true, accurate, current and complete to the best of your knowledge.

All content originated or distributed by you, the user, shall comply with all applicable laws respecting the content of published matter (in electronic form or any other media now or hereafter existing), including laws respecting obscenity, pornography, defamation, copyright, trademark and other intellectual or intangible property rights. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless CAPLA.ca members, CAPLA and affiliates from any claim, expense, loss or damage, including reasonable legal fees, arising out of or resulting from your use of the CAPLA.ca website or any of its features, any claim, expense, loss or damage resulting from the publication, distribution or redistribution of your content or the use of such content by any person.

The use of CAPLA.ca is entirely at the discretion of the user. CAPLA assumes no liability for any materials, links, bookmarks, notes or other content that is or may be lost, destroyed or accessed by an unauthorized user whatsoever or howsoever occurring.

CAPLA reserves the right to refuse access by an individual to any of the membership areas of CAPLA.ca, and at their discretion to cancel membership of an individual at any time without notice.

Liability Limitation

You, the user, further agree that, to the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, CAPLA shall not be liable for the any direct, special, incidental, indirect, punitive or consequential damages or for lost profits, business or revenues whatsoever or howsoever arising out of, or in connection with, the use of (or inability to use) the CAPLA.ca website or its features, services or any links listed on CAPLA.ca, including but not limited to any claim attributable to errors, omissions or other inaccuracies in the content appearing on the website, whether suffered by you or any party claiming rights derived from you, even if the CAPLA.ca has been advised in advance of the possibility of such potential loss or damage.


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Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this or any other Web site you visit.

Questions and comments

If you have questions, comments or concerns on the CAPLA privacy policy, please contact the CAPLA by selecting “Contact” above.