Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students

Who is a Mature Student?

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.

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 and/or work experience that you have acquired OUTSIDE of the Ontario secondary school system.

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?

  • Your previous education, training, work experience, and volunteer experience will be compared to Ontario curriculum expectations of specific related courses for equivalency purposes, based on the information you submit in your application.

  • Grade 9 and 10 credits may be granted with proof of educational documentation OR through assessment or courses in CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY.

Where do I get information on curriculum expectations?

How do I apply for PLAR?

  • Students are responsible for initiating the PLAR process:

  • A Guidance Counsellor will review your application and determine how many credits you qualify for.You will receive notification via your current classroom teacher.

-Attend an information meeting, complete the application and submit an application.

  • You must be attending the City Adult Learning Centre when you apply for PLAR.

  • You must have completed grade ENG2P or ENG2D

  • You should have successfully completed one course at CALC.

Key dates:

All Info sessions on Thursdays @ lunch (12:40 regular days & 1:10 on staff meeting days) in Room 118

Quad 2 Dates

Nov. 28

Dec. 5, 12, 19

Jan. 9

Deadline Date: Thurs. Jan. 16, 2020

Applications are processed in the order they are submitted (Room 119).
You MUST be an “active” student at the time of application processing.

Is this the same as Maturity Credits?

  • No.The PLAR process was put in place by the Ministry of Education effective February 2004 to replace the Maturity Credits process.

Is there a fee?

  • No.There is no fee to applicants.

How can I earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)?

  • You must have a minimum of 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits.

  • You must earn a minimum of 4 credits at the grade 11/12 level after returning to school as a mature student.

  • You must successfully complete all compulsory course requirements as determined by your equivalency evaluation. One of these must be ENG 4U, ENG 4C, or ENG 4E. Your counsellor can help you choose the appropriate courses to meet diploma requirements.

  • You must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O1). This may be one of your 4 credits at the grade 11/12 level.