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Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Adults (over the age of 18 and not on a day school role for a year or more) may be eligible for an assessment which may align credits for learning completed outside of school. Students over 18, who have been off of a day-school register for 10 consecutive months, are PLAR eligible.


Graduation Requirements

  • 30 credits (based on current O.S.S.D. requirements)
  • Literacy Test or Ontario Literacy Course
  • 40 hours community service
  • Who is PLAR eligible?

How does PLAR work?


Learners can obtain credit by following two processes:  

  1. Junior PLAR and/or
  2.  Senior PLAR.

26 credits can be earned through PLAR; however, learners must take the final 4 senior credits to obtain their O.S.S.D.


What is Junior PLAR and how does it work?

Student who require grade 9 and 10 credits can write a series of assessments and, if successful, can earn a maximum of 16 credits.There are 4 assessments that a learner can write:  English, math, science, geography/history.  Students may not be required to write all 4 assessments but can earn up to 4 credits for each assessment written.


There are resources available at CIS to aid a learner in preparing for the PLAR assessments should learners require this support. Instructional support is also available through the Adult Training Network (ATN) if students are not credit/PLAR ready.


Credits granted through this process are authorized by the Principal.


What is Senior PLAR and how does it work?

Once a student has completed Junior PLAR, they can earn up to 10 more credits through the Senior PLAR process. Support is also available to help learners complete their Senior PLAR.

Learners must complete an application that will assess prior learning - learning that has occurred outside of the classroom.