Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) System

Purpose and Scope

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB) recognizes that learning which some adults acquire from other forms of formal training and from work and life experiences, may be equivalent to components of apprenticeship training programs offered within the province. This policy is designed to increase access to, and participation in, the prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) process, while promoting consistency in PLAR across colleges and programs.

Policy Statement

All individuals, resident and non-resident, seeking certification in a designated occupation (i.e. an occupation approved as a provincial occupation by the PACB for apprenticeship training and/or certification in Newfoundland and Labrador) will have the opportunity to have their prior formal and informal learning assessed. Recognizing prior learning may shorten the time required for an individual to complete an apprenticeship program.


Credential Recognition
Recognition of academic or professional qualifications achievedat another training institution, in another jurisdiction or another country.
Credit Transfer
Awarding of credit or advanced standing for formal credits achieved in a training program other than the training program the applicant is currently enrolled in.
Prior Learning
Learning acquired through previous experiences. Sources of learning include any learning experience not associated with institutional study and courses taken at an institution that are not recognized through a credit transfer arrangement/agreement.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Evaluation and Recognition of non-formal, informal or experiential learning.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
A process used to evaluate learning acquired through formal andinformal learning experiences for the purpose of assigning academic credit.

Limitations of the Policy

No person will be given credit for journeyperson certification without successfully writing the Provincial/Interprovincial (IP) certification examination, and all block level exams (if applicable).


RPL information and advice will be available from apprenticeship division staff and training institutions.

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