Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) expands the ways Vancouver Island University can recognize the experience students bring to their post-secondary education through prior learning.
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
PLA is an assessment process based on the belief that adults acquire knowledge and skills through life and work experiences that match what we teach in a specific course or program. Individuals who have acquired learning through non-formal education such as work experience, self study, volunteer activities, and other life experiences can be assessed and subsequently awarded credit for a course or toward a program at our institution.
How Do I Apply for Prior Learning Assessment?
For general information on prior learning assessment and how to get started, please contact the Advising Center at 250-740-6410 or email email@example.com. Acceptance as a PLA candidate is dependent on your ability to meet eligibility criteria for PLA in specific programs and is determined by program Chair and faculty.
How Does Vancouver Island University Grant Credit for Prior Learning?
As a PLA candidate, you will gather and develop evidence to
support your credit request. This evidence may include direct evidence
such as responses to an oral exam, skill demonstrations, case studies
and/or products you have developed. Evidence may also include indirect
evidence such as non-credited certificates, letters of validation
from employers, colleagues and/or clients, or special awards.
Your evidence will be assessed by a faculty assessor who will recommend or deny credit. Credits obtained through PLA are recorded on your transcript.
What Will PLA Cost?
Please check with Advising for current costs. Instructors can find these documents under Employee Resources, Registration Services, Help for Faculty.
Are PLA Credits Accepted by Other Institutions?
Credits acquired through PLA are granted toward a Vancouver Island University credential only. We cannot guarantee transferability to any other institution. However, many of the colleges and universities in B.C., including our institution, are working together to develop provincial policies and standards.
Need More Information About PLA?
For more information on Prior Learning Assessment contact Advising Services at Vancouver Island University at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-740-6410.