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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a formal process of evaluation and accreditation which allows students to earn high school credits.  Prior learning is knowledge and skills that a student has acquired outside the traditional classroom.  These learning experiences may meet the expectations and/or outcomes for a credit as outlined in the curriculum.  Current Ontario secondary school students may challenge certain credits.  The “PLAR Challenge Process” refers to the process whereby students’ prior learning is assessed for the purpose of granting credit for a course developed from a provincial curriculum policy document.  Students may challenge for credit only in Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses developed from a provincial policy document.
They may obtain:
  • a maximum of four credits through the challenge process
  • no more than two credits in one subject area
A student:
  • is eligible to challenge credits that have not been completed or attempted through previous enrollment in the past four years
  • will only be granted one opportunity to challenge for a specific course
  • may challenge a Grade 10, 11, or 12 course regardless of their current grade
Because young people benefit in many ways from the learning experiences offered in secondary schools, PLAR has a limited function and is not intended as a replacement for the regular secondary school program.

Additional information is available through the Credential Centre at


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR):
The Credential Centre-Evaluation of Out-of-Province Document Evaluation
Students who register in Durham District School Board secondary schools and whose previous education is from outside of Ontario will be directed by their school to set up an appointment with the Credential Centre to have their out-of-province education evaluated.  The evaluation will be completed by a Credential Centre counsellor who will forward the evaluation information to the student’s school. 
Such students should:
  • register with a DDSB secondary school
  • speak to the guidance office there about having documents evaluated by the Credential Centre
  • attend evaluation appointment and provide originals of educational documents

Contact the Credential Centre at 905-436-3211 to book an appointment.


Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
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