Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students

What is PLAR for Mature Students?

PLAR is the process by which you can obtain credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma for education, training, life and/or work experience that you have acquired outside of secondary school.

Who is eligible for PLAR for Mature Students?

A Mature Student is a student who:

  • is at least 18 years old on or before December 31 of the school year;
  • is enrolled in a secondary school credit program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD;
  • has been out of school for a period of at least one academic school year before returning as a mature student.

How many credits can I obtain through PLAR?

  • up to a maximum of 16 grade 9/10 equivalent credits, and
  • up to a maximum of 10 grade 11/12 credits through the equivalency process.

How are credits granted through PLAR?

There are grade 9 and 10 assessments which an adult learner can complete in order to earn up to 16 grade 9 and 10 credits.

The grade 11 and 12 assessments are completed based on comparing your previous education, training, work experience, and volunteer experience to Ontario curriculum expectations of specific related courses for equivalency purposes, based on the information you submit in your application.

All credits achieved through the PLAR process need the principal’s approval. PLAR assessments can occur at any time during the year.

How do I apply for PLAR?

When you register as a student, your eligibility for PLAR will be determined based upon your previous secondary school records. If you are a Mature Student who has never attended a secondary school in Ontario, then you will automatically be enrolled in the PLAR program.


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