Eligibility Criteria

The Continuing Education Department of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board offers a free PLAR program whereby mature students may obtain credits for prior learning.

What is meant by Prior Learning?

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How does PLAR work?

Prior learning is the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside of secondary school. Previous life, school and work experiences are all examples of prior learning.

Prior Knowledge Assessment and Recognition is the formal evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills. Previous life, school and work experiences are measured against the expectations of current provincial curriculum documents and Ontario High School credits may be awarded. Once evaluated, an Education Advisor will know how many credits you require to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Note: It is important to provide translated copies of previous school and work experiences to assist the Education Advisor in the evaluation.

Grade 9 and 10 credits can be awarded by showing transcripts from a former high school. In a few cases an adult will have to complete up to four tests in some subject areas. You may earn up to 16 high school credits this way.

What about the grade 11 and 12 courses?
Work experiences, courses, other programs, training, college/university courses and high school education documents can be reviewed and may be awarded senior credit.

You may earn up to 10 credits this way.


How do I earn equivalency credits towards a high school diploma?

Move closer to your goal of

completing high school

Mature students (18+ and out of school for a year or more) and pregnant or parenting and under the age of 29.