How to apply
This is a general guide to how the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process works at Seneca.
Some program areas have special requirements or processes; program coordinators or student advisors can provide you with additional information.
Identify subjects in the full or part-time calendars for which you feel you may have gained the experience required for a challenge and determine the faculty and school that delivers the subject(s).
Obtain a detailed subject outline for each course you are interested in challenging. Outlines are available from the program office, the program coordinator, or you may download them from Seneca's on-line calendar. (Full-Time Calendar, Part-Time Calendar)
Match your learning to the outcomes on the subject outline. Discuss your situation with the program coordinator; she or he may be able to help you to determine if a challenge is appropriate for you.
Complete a PLA application form, available from the faculty office or the program coordinator, and pay the assessment fee at the Registration office at your campus, or the Newnham Campus if you are not already a Seneca student.
Note: Your form must be signed by the program coordinator, the school chair, or a student advisor. For campuses other than Newnham, please contact the program coordinator or admissions office.
Once your application has been processed by the registration office, someone from the program area will contact you to arrange for your assessment. If you are preparing a portfolio, guidelines are available through your contact.
Complete your assessment: write the test, complete the interview, submit your portfolio.
Your challenge will be assessed by a faculty expert who will assign a grade. Passing grades are recorded on your transcript, and Registration will notify you of the results. A failing grade will not be recorded on your transcript, but you will be instructed to enroll in the subject.