Topic 4 – PLAR Benefits

The implementation of a successful PLAR process potentially involves many stakeholders in addition to the student. Some of these are policy makers, institutional administrators, employers, professional organizations, faculty members and PLAR personnel (advisors, assessors). Each of these stakeholders has something different to gain from PLAR. The assigned readings for this topic express various perspectives on the benefits of PLAR to different stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes:

Describe how PLAR benefits different stakeholders.

Learning Activities: After reading the assigned resources, imagine that you are considering implementing PLAR. For example, you might imagine that you are a teacher, an employer, a professional body or a community organization. Or you might use your own actual situation. Describe the situation and explain what the benefits of PLAR might be. Think in terms of immediate and long-term objectives.

Self-Assessment Items:

  • How many benefits were you able to identify?
  • How many stakeholders did you include?
  • Are the benefits you identified both long-term and short-term?


NSW Department of Education & Training (2008). Have Your Skills Recognized: Candidate Guide.  Page 3.

Van Kleef, J. (2006). Building PLAR through theory: The case for implementing PLAR in adult education practice settings. Master’s thesis. Saint Francis Xavier University, NS. pp. 37-46.

Workplace Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (2008/9). Benefits of RPL.

Additional Resources:

A college view: Nunavut Arctic College

A college view: Red River College


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