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Welcome to Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Portfolio Development at Nunavut Arctic College.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition is a process that leads to educational access and career development, community and economic development, and personal growth and discovery.

PLAR is sometimes referred to as RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).  You may see it used either way.   

PLAR is based on the belief that all learning is valuable. Adult learners come to NAC with an amazing array of abilities and knowledge gained from all areas of their lives - but most of us are unaware of our strengths and true potential.

PLAR is a process by which this learning can be assessed and recognized. Prior learning that is formally recognized can be used toward the requirements of academic and training programs, certifications and for gaining employment. Across Canada, governments and many other organizations including schools, universities, colleges, and professional associations are using PLAR.

PLAR provides NAC and other institutions and employers with effective tools to acknowledge and engage the great capacity already present in Nunavut - so that we can move forward together, building on our strengths.

On this site, you will find an introduction to PLAR and Portfolio Development. You can learn about how the PLAR project  has developed at NAC, and download the Portfolio Development Facilitator’s Guide created for learners in Nunavut. We will share dates for upcoming training and resources  for portfolio development facilitators. We provide links to other institutions, governments and organizations using PLAR, and news about the latest PLAR developments in the territory.

Please join us as we work together to recognize and build on our life learning!