Common Competencies of PLAR Practitioners

Note: Competency statements in black have been reproduced with permission from the PLAR Practitioner Competency Profile and Self-Assessment Tool based on the PLAR Practitioner DACUM Occupational Analysis, Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, 2002. Competency statements in light blue represent a compilation from international resources and CAPLA’s Developing Benchmarks for Prior Learning […]

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Assess your skills as a PLAR Practitioner

Self assessment and the reflections that result are crucial elements in PLAR. As PLAR Practitioners promoting these elements, taking time to ‘practise what we preach’ enhances our personal growth as well as the field of practice. By assessing our own learning and level of competence, we can identify areas of strength and areas for further […]

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About PLAR Practitioners

“Recognition of prior learning can be applied to meet requirements of education and training programs; occupation and/or professional certification; labour market entry; and/or organizational and human resource capacity building.” —Malcolm Day and Paul Zakos, Developing Benchmarks for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition – Practitioner Perspectives, Guidelines for the Canadian PLAR Practitioner (2000) Thank you for […]

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What do PLAR Practitioners do?

“The key purpose of a PLAR Practitioner is to review progress and/or assess achievements, so that individuals and organizations can achieve their personal development and/or education and training objectives. This purpose recognizes the range and diversity of PLAR in Canada. This includes: assisting individuals with their personal growth and development; human resource development; the preparation […]

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PLAR Administrator

May also be known as the PLAR Facilitator or PLAR Co-ordinator PLAR flourishes in institutions and organizations where the concept is respected and demonstrated. Evidence of that respect lies in organizational values, policies and administrative systems that enable PLAR to be accessible, credible and sustainable. Within Canada, the PLAR Administrator (Facilitator or Co-ordinator) is involved […]

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Profiles and Stories: PLAR Assessors

Kajinder, a mature student of South Asian background, who had been supervising other social service workers in a Surrey, B.C. for a number of years, agreed to pilot the newly designed Prior Learning Assessment tool for the final practicum course in Open College’s Social Service Worker Certificate Program to earn her final 3 credits.

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