READY SET GO to a series of one-hour webinars

Use the introductory webinar series to prepare for CAPLA’s fall conference or to simply find out more about PLAR/RPL if you are new to the field of practice.

Get ready to expand your understanding of advising, assessing and recognition of skills, knowledge and competencies, by attending 3 one-hour webinars, at a cost as low as $150 + tax.

Missed the Sept. and Oct. webinar? We’ve got you covered!
You can still register for the November webinar and receive the recordings of the September and October sessions.

Scroll down for info on the November 8 webinar on the Assessing Clients in a quality RPL system

Assessing Skills in Canada-why is it important?

September 20 at 12 noon EST

The first webinar introduces you to what the field of recognition of prior learning (RPL) is all about, for professionals working in employment and academic counselling, immigrant integration, labour, career development, certification, regulation, business or sector councils.

  • Introduction to CAPLA
  • About NSCC
  • RPL perspectives through an Indigenous lens
  • What is RPL and why is it important to individuals, communities, the economy and Canada
  • Lifelong learning – acquiring skills, knowledge and competencies
  • International RPL activities
  • RPL as a tool for change
  • CAPLA’s RPL guidelines for quality practice


Facilitator: Jennifer Archer, Director of Academic Development, Academic Planning and Services, Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in adult education and community development with a focus on developing holistic, culturally responsive curriculum and programming

Advising Clients in a quality RPL system

October 18 at 12 noon EST

This second webinar will examine the role of RPL Advisor and the process of advising. Specifically four topics will be covered:

  1. The knowledge, skills and attitudes of an advisor.
  2. The stages an advisor guides an individual through in the RPL process.
  3. How to advise an individual (case study)
  4. Issues and Challenges


Facilitator: Mark Gallupe, Professor and RPL Advisor, Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario

Mark is a professor in the Social Service Worker Program at Loyalist College. Over the years he has worked closely and extensively with his colleagues Paul Zakos and Rose Marie Reid on many projects involving adult learning practice, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR/RPL), portfolio development and adult learner friendly institutions (ALFI). Their work has taken them across Canada, South Africa and Chile.

Assessing Clients in a quality RPL system

November 8 at 12 noon EST

This third webinar explores assessment strategies pertaining to the evaluation of non-classroom learning which has been acquired through work and life experiences.

This session will focus on:

  • An overview of assessment basics;
  • The challenges faced in creating an assessment process and tools that are credible, reliable and fair;
  • The essentials of credible assessment;
  • Tips for making RPL assessments work within your organization;


Facilitator: Clarence DeSchiffart, Adjunct Faculty, School of Education (Counselling), Acadia University & Consultant – Career Development & Counselling, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Clarence has over 30 years and wealth of experiences in RPL, career counselling and formal assessment. He is now enjoying being part of Canada’s GiG economy.

Clarence has developed and re-vamped curriculum for Nova Scotia Community College’s RPL Competency Assessment Program for CAST 1000 and CAST 2000 (120 credit hours for each course) and taught two rigorous six-day courses. He also re-designed curriculum for RPL Competency Assessment Program for blended and distance learning using Desire2Learn and classroom training for NSCC.

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Use the introductory webinar series to prepare for CAPLA’s fall conference or to simply find out more about PLAR/RPL if you are new to the field of practice. The cost of the webinar series is $150 plus tax for CAPLA members or $225 plus tax for non-members. Partial payment is not an option. You can register by clicking here.

Check back at on September 15 for additional program details. Information about CAPLA’s full conference program and hotel information can be found online at and by contacting the (phone 1-877-731-1333).

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