Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) allows students to earn high school credits for knowledge gained outside of the classroom. You can challenge a credit based on your prior learning. The Durham District School Board (DDSB) Credential Centre will then assess your learning and compare it to curriculum standards.

Take part in an assessment

Talk with your Guidance department or call the Credential Centre at 905-436-3211 to begin the PLAR challenge process.

PLAR requirements

In order to receive a prior learning credit, you:

  • Can only challenge credits that you have not attempted or completed
  • Only get one attempt to challenge a specific credit
  • Can only challenge grade 10, 11 or 12 course credits (regardless of your current grade)
  • Can only receive a maximum of 4 credits through the challenge process
  • Can only receive 2 challenge credits in the same subject area

PLAR is not meant to replace classroom learning.

Out of province credits

If you have earned high school credits in another province, you will need to meet with the Credential Centre to have your previous credits evaluated. To have your credits assessed:

  • Register with a DDSB secondary school
  • Meet with the Guidance department at your school
  • Attend an appointment with the Credential Centre
  • Provide any necessary documents for the assessment