Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process by which individuals can gain credit towards TVET Council qualifications, based on the evidence from past experience, work and formal and non-formal learning experiences gained in a skill over a period of time. These experiences may result from a formal learning environment such as training institutions, workshops, seminars, conferences and workplace experiences (paid or voluntary) or in an informal environment such as self-directed study and research. It is a process that involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior learning.
Once the candidate provides evidence of competence to prove he/she successfully met the specified criteria, he/she will be awarded a certification. This involves the assessment of a full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills and attitudes as they relate to an occupational area and the acknowledgment of these according to the level of performance determined by industry.
The goal of PLAR is to assist in the development of individuals within the workforce by recognizing and awarding certification for learning acquired through formal and informal study.