Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

In the Faculty of Social Work we recognize that learning does not only occur in the classroom - it can take place at home, at work and in the community.  For this reason we have developed a system of assessing informal student learning.  With Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), students may be granted up to 30 credit hours toward their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.  This maximum is divided into 15 allowable credit hours toward each section of the BSW (the Social Work section and the General University Studies section).  Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis and according to the assessment process; it is awarded for demonstrated learning that is equivalent to the standards of specific courses in our program. 

Students wishing to have prior learning assessed should first review our policy on the pdfPrior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) as well as the information on the Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) page.  Students are encouraged to connect with a Faculty of Social Work Academic Advisor to determine their PLAR eligibility.  From there, students can make an appointment with a PLAR Mentor at the Centre for Continuing Education, by filling out this online form.


Students who submit PLAR portfolios by the 15th of the first month of every semester can expect a response by the end of that semester.

Fall: September 15th
Winter: January 15th
Spring/Summer: May 15th

Note: There is a fee associated with PLAR assessment.  For details, please refer to the 'other fees' section of the University of Regina's Undergraduate domestic or international fee schedules